"I really and truly could not put it down... Vatsal succeeds once again!"Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times-bestselling author of the Maggie Hope series
Intrepid journalist Kitty Weeks returns in the second book in this acclaimed WW1-era historical mystery series to investigate the death of a boarding school student.
When Kitty's latest assignment for the New York Sentinel Ladies' Page takes her to Westfield Hall, she expects to find an orderly establishment teaching French and dancing-but there's more going on at the school than initially meets the eye.
Tragedy strikes when a student named Elspeth is found frozen to death in Central Park. The doctor's proclaim that the girl's sleepwalking was the cause, but Kitty isn't so sure.
Determined to uncover the truth, Kitty must investigate a more chilling scenario-a murder that may involve Elspeth's scientist father and a new invention by a man named Thomas Edison.
For fans of Jacqueline Winspear and Rhys Bowen, Murder Between the Lines combines true historical events with a thrilling mystery.
Additional Praise for Murder between the Lines:
"Vatsal's combination of a feisty protagonist with a tumultuous, fast-changing era remains a winning formula." Publisher's Weekly
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Wow, I am just amazed at the research that the author has done in writing this book. I was born and raised in the United States and studied American history in high school and college and still had not idea of some of the things she talked about in her book. This is the second book in the series I have read and I highly recommend both to anyone who likes historical fiction with a murder to solve. Kitty Weeks is tasked with writing a story about Westfield Hall, a prestigious girls’ boarding school. Tragedy strikes when a student named Elspeth is found frozen to death in Central Park. The doctors proclaim that the girl’s sleepwalking was the cause, but Kitty isn’t so sure. Determined to uncover the truth, Kitty must investigate a more chilling scenario—a murder that may involve Elspeth’s scientist father and a new invention by a man named Thomas Edison. But that’s not the only storyline in the book. She artfully weaves women’s suffrage and even a little romance here and there throughout the story. Kitty is a very likeable person, as is her dad with whom she lives. And despite having resources at her disposal, she wants to make her way in the world by being a journalist. But the author did show some of Kitty’s vulnerabilities as she was trying to deal with her father’s developing friendship with Miss Lane. My aha moment came when I learned that President Wilson was married a second time and a lot of women refused to acknowledge his new wife. There was that and much more to be learned from the book. As with most series, the book had threads that were somewhat left dangling. I know that is purposely a part of a book’s conclusion to convince the reader that they need to read the next book in the series.
This is the first book that I read by Radha Vatsal. It will not be my last. I loved the way this book flowed. This takes place before the beginning of WWI and has us learning more about the women's suffrage movement. Kitty Weeks is a reporter for the New York Sentinel's Ladies Page. It is mostly fluff pieces but she is getting to do a bit more serious stuff by interviewing members of the suffrage movement and learning about a girls boarding school. While interviewing people at the boarding school she meets girls close to her age and soon learns of the death of one of the students. This hits her hard and she wants to find out all she can about what caused the girls death. I so enjoyed the characters and am looking forward to more in this series. I received this from Sourcebooks for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
I'm happy to say that Murder Between the Lines is even better than Vatsal’s A Front Page Affair, the first in the series. This time young New York Sentinel Ladies' Page reporter Capability "Kitty" Weeks is writing a story about a Westfield Hall, an exclusive girls' school in New York City in 1915. Kitty is delighted to speak with Elspeth Bright, a student whose interest in science is ahead of her time. When Elspeth is found dead in Central Park, the result of her freezing to death during a sleepwalking episode, Kitty is led to believe that there is more to it than just an accident and begins investigating. Vatsal does a great deal of research, which she said is made much easier now that old copies of The New York Times are now archived online, and she saw a headline "Girl Sommnambulist Freezes" that gave her the storyline. I love the historical context of these books, and Vatsal's research is evident on the page. In Murder Between the Lines she manages to work in sleepwalking, Thomas Edison's new batteries to be used in naval technology, President Woodrow Wilson's marriage to Edith Galt, and the burgeoning suffragette movement into her story. You get a real context for events of that time period. The scene set in the Waldorf Astoria, where President Wilson is set to give a speech and where the suffragettes hope to meet with him, is so evocative. If you close your eyes, you feel as if you are walking in Peacock Alley in the iconic hotel, which, sadly, is closed for renovations now and under new ownership. If you are a fan of Victoria Thompson's Gaslight Mysteries, or Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series, you will want to read Radha Vatsal's Kitty Weeks mysteries. I highly recommend Murder Between the Lines.
I could definitely tell that this book was set in the early 1900's. The women wearing their gloves and not allowed to go out without an escort. Oh, the shame. The author did a great job with that, I really felt like I was back in that era. And poor Kitty when she thought she was going to be found out at a women's suffragette meeting and her father told. The girl was a working women and of age! So glad I wasn't living in those times. I enjoyed reading this book, however, a teenage girl dies in the cold right after talking to Kitty Weeks. A smart girl full of hope and dreams. Kitty feels bad for this girl and can't believe that this happened to her and starts investigating. What she finds out is a whole different story than what she has been told. There are a lot of secrets being kept. Those secrets end up taking Kitty to the Naval Yard, to a dinner with President Wilson and to investigating a real news story instead of her usual "ladies stories" A great mystery read that did not fail to enjoy thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review this entertaining book.