This is the third novel in the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency series and features Eunice. She has a past and when Arthur wants to employ the agency to find a missing woman, Eunice realizes her past has caught up with her.
Turano writes with humor and there is a good deal of it in this novel. Eunice tries to hide her identity by wearing widow clothing. She even takes another case, requiring her to go under cover. There are some funny scenes and laugh out loud exchanges. I didn't find this novel as humorous as previous ones in the series but it is still good.
Characters are what make this story and Eunice is a capable one. She is feisty and has a witty tongue. I like the other women of the inquiry agency as they each have strong personalities and add to the drama and humor. I thought Arthur the weakest of the characters. It felt like he was sort of a foil for Eunice. There is, of course, a potential romance involved that seemed impossible. In the end, it seemed unrealistic too.
The novel got off to a bit of a puzzling start with a scene that seems a bit unrelated to the present. About thirty pages in we find out how that scene relates. I always like to learn about something when I read a novel, specially a historical one and in this case it was about insane asylums of the era.
This was a fun novel to read with a feisty heroine, a complex and nearly unbelievable romantic aspect and an old murder mystery for the inquiry women to solve.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Named one of the funniest voices is inspirational romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today bestselling author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist and top picks from Romantic Times. She's been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers' Choice Awards. She and her family live outside of Denver, Colorado. You can find out more at https://jenturano.com/. Photo: Rey Laureano, Jr.
Bethany House, 352 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)