Thursday, February 23, 2017

Who Was the First Girl In Disguise?

Thank you to Source Books for a copy of GIRL IN DISGUISE by Greer Macallister. This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. I received no financial compensation for this review. It is also a Library Read’s pick for March 2017.

What do you know about the Pinkerton Detective Agency? I had heard of this agency through various books that I have read over the years. I did not know about it’s very first female detective Kate Warne. Many of the events we read about in history are often remain in the past. As I read this book I learned that the Pinkerton detective agency still exists today. You can also visit their site to learn more about the history of this agency.


Kate is widowed with no children of her own, but she must find a job. Kate has tried out various positions but nothing seems to be the right fit. Then she responds to an ad in the Chicago paper for an agency looking for detectives. This agency is the Pinkerton Agency. Kate responds to the ad and meets Mr. Pinkerton. She receives a case and auditions for the role. Once she finds success with her first case then Pinkerton starts to train her. Kate realizes that she might have found her place in the world. Her cases include saving President Lincoln’s life and other clients. She is then promoted to the head of the Women’s division of the Pinkerton Agency. Success is wonderful but what about a normal life? Will there be anything more than the work?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book! It is a fictionalized biography of Kate Warne. GreerMacallister is a master story teller. Her story is easy to read. Kate narrates the story as we follow her through her many cases. Ms. Macallister did a great job of weaving the work of the agency in with also describing her personal life. The book was a little slow at times. I am sorry that I had missed her other books. She made writing this story of Kate Warne look easy.

 The story is set in Chicago Illinois, but also moves to Virginia and other parts of the south. One of my favorite parts is the dialogue between Pinkerton and Kate. He would use a training technique. “Lie to me! “ It also asks an interesting question. Could you tell a convincing lie? The point was for Kate to convincingly like about her life to use in her work.

Pick up Greer’s latest book here GIRL IN DISGUISE.



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Debut with Excellent Recommendations

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is the first novel by Katarina Bivald in the United States. The author is from Sweden. This novel came highly recommended to me. I also had the opportunity to meet Katarina last April when she visited on tour at FoxTale Book Shoppe.


Sarah is going to visit her friend Amy who lives in Broken Wheel Iowa in the United States. Sarah is from Sweden. She has very much looked forward to the trip. Sarah arrives in Broken Wheel to learn that Amy has passed away. So the town decides that she should stay at Amy’s house. The town has been so gracious that Sarah wants to do something for them so she opens a book shop with the town blessing. Will the town really enjoy her gift? Will they be ready for her to go home when she finishes her stay?

We learn about Sarah and Amy's relationship through letter exchanges. These letters appear at the beginning of each chapter. The letters start at the beginning of their relationship and lead up to the current time in the story.

My Thoughts:

My hope is that readers will enjoy this novel as much as I have. It is very entertaining and full of humor. I could see this novel as a feel good movie. A romantic comedy? This is the first author from Sweden that I have enjoyed. She creates memorable characters in the town of Broken Wheel. My favorite is Sarah. I wish that I could be like her and open my own bookstore. It also has great humor!

Pick up your copy today of The Readers of  Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.