A Chicago World's Fair Mystery #3By Shelley Gray
Lydia Bancroft loves books and her job in the library is a pure pleasure. And her favorite patron never checks-out a book, he doesn't have a library card, and Lydia doesn't know his name. He's a perfect gentleman and makes frequent use of the Reading Room and the books. Who is this person who seemingly loves books as much as her?
Sebastian Marks is not who Lydia thinks him to be. His mysterious nature is a cloak to hide his past - a past that he has left behind. A man to be feared if Chicago gossip is to be believed. But there is a part of him that wants to be something more than what he is and Lydia intrigues him.
When given the opportunity to offer Lydia a service - rescuing her from a most unpleasant situation - the two form a most unusual friendship. And this friendship will leave a lasting impact on not only Lydia and Sebastian but on those closest to them.
But danger is lurking the streets of Chicago and in the less affluent areas murders are becoming more numerous. Unfortunately for Lydia her name is linked to the latest one - her reputation is damaged, an advantageous marriage seems unlikely, and her mother is horrified. What's a young woman with limited means to do? Lydia is about to embark on the experience of a lifetime.
Are you ready to enter the Reading Room and take a step back in time?
This is the first time I've read any of Shelley Gray's books and I have to admit I'm intrigued with the conclusion of this series so I now have to go back a step further in time and acquaint myself with the first two books in the series, which I'm pleased to say I can pick-up in my own library - though I will check them out. Unlike Sebastian I do have a library card.
I was provided a copy of this book by the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review.
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