Author: Nancy Herriman
Series: A Mystery Of Old San Francisco (Book 2)
Source: Received for review from the author
Star Rating: 4 out 5
Reviewed by: Marlene
Celia Davies finds herself in an overflowing amount of conflict when she is once again caught up in a murder investigation and her cousin's disapproval. While she is trying to clear an innocent man's name she will be at odds with Detective Nick Greaves as he is set that he has found his killer. A man he knows all too well from his past. All the while struggling to keep her patient's tended too.
The victim, Virgil Nash is found in a shallow grave in the cellar of an architect's firm. While he has vast amounts of enemies, the main suspects all seem to be tied to the firm. There is no secret that Mr. Nash and the company had issues when it came to certain city plans but with some of the partners more then others. While Nick and Celia start out on separate investigations, Celia knows that her sleuthing can only go so far and needs Nick to officially bring the culprit to justice. She starts sharing her information with the police and the investigation leads into a whole new direction.
Along with the murder Celia must deal with the crumbling relationship between herself and her cousin Barbara. Barbara who is sixteen and half Chinese is still coming to terms with the loss of her father, Celia's unorthodox version of guardianship and the ongoing hatred of the Chinese in San Francisco. Barbara is very emotional and frightened of all that surrounds her. All that she feels Celia has brought into her house. Celia has a hard time reconciling her issues and doubts. Despite the fact that Celia has her own reconciling to do when it comes to her husband and going forward with her heart.
The story centers around an actual even "The Second Street Cut" a plan to flatten some of the hills of San Francisco to help with transit. There were many conflicts regarding this issue and it eventually was completed in 1869. In 1873 the cable cars would be introduced and would discourage future plans.
The story was actively dramatic and since there was so much deceit and suspects it kept you guessing. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the emotional battles that Celia, Barbara and Nick had to face which usually I just like action. Their emotional distress was very realistic to me and engaging. And as always Celia's strong female lead was perfect.
Looking forward to the next story in her life.FTC Disclosure: Thank you to the publisher and/or author or Net Galley for providing us with a copy of this book for review.This did not influence our thoughts in any way. All the opinions of the book are our own.
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