The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill


Summary:

When her best friend vanishes without so much as a good-bye, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail takes on the role of amateur sleuth in an attempt to solve the mystery of Lydia’s disappearance. Given that Piper’s tendency has always been to butt heads with high-society’s expectations of her, it’s no surprise that she doesn’t give a second thought to searching for answers to Lydia’s abduction from their privileged neighborhood.

As Piper discovers that those answers might stem from the corruption strangling 1924 Chicago—and quite possibly lead back to the doors of her affluent neighborhood—she must decide how deep she’s willing to dig, how much she should reveal, and if she’s willing to risk her life of privilege for the sake of the truth.

My Thoughts:

I had heard a lot of good things about this book, so I requested it at the library and was excited when they ordered it!  I really love the setting of this story.  The Chicago Jazz age was the perfect backdrop for this book.  As a reader you are transported back to a time with prohibition, speakeasys, mobsters and gin fizz! There were so many little things that make you suspect anyone and everyone as Piper goes about investigating her friend’s disappearance.  The story itself was intriguing and held my attention throughout the book.  I really enjoyed Pipers character.  She was honest, no nonsense, but bold. The mystery element in this story was well done.  There were enough clues hidden within the story to keep you guessing, but not so many as to completely give away all the answers.  I like a surprise ending, but not one that comes out of left field and the conclusion of this story was well done and satisfying.  I struggled a bit with the first person, present tense POV, but that is a personal preference.  I enjoyed the book and was glad to see a hint that there would be future books following Piper and her investigative skills.  I love a good historical fiction book, add a little mystery and its even better!  This one delivered and I thourougly enjoyed it! 

To purchase a copy of The Lost Girl of Astor Street visit one of the links below:
Amazon: The Lost Girl of Astor Street
Stephanie Morrill’s Website

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