The White City: True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime

The White City: True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime

by Grace Hitchcock

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Overview


Mysterious Disappearances Taint the Chicago World’s Fair
Step into True Colors -- a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime

While attending the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, Winnifred Wylde believes she witnessed a woman being kidnapped. She tries to convince her father, an inspector with the Chicago police, to look into reports of mysterious disappearances around the White City. Inspector Wylde tries to dismiss her claims as exaggeration of an overactive imagination, but he eventually concedes to letting her go undercover as secretary to the man in question—if she takes her pistol for protection and Jude Thorpe, a policeman, for bodyguard.

Will she be able to expose H. H. Holmes’s illicit activity, or will Winnifred become his next victim?

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ISBN-13: 9781683228684
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Series: True Colors Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 188,815
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author


Grace Hitchcock is the author of three novellas in The Second Chance Brides, The Southern Belle Brides, and the Thimbles and Threads collections with Barbour Publishing. The White City is her debut novel and releases March 2019 with Barbour Publishing. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in History. Grace lives in southern Louisiana with her husband, Dakota, and son. Visit Grace online at GraceHitchcock.com.

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The White City (FREE PREVIEW): True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
An engaging read based on real crimes. In Chicago, 1893, the World's Fair was in full swing, bringing huge crowds to sightsee, and a wave of crime. The inspector's daughter, Winifred, takes it on herself to investigate one on her own. This story moves quickly, and picks up the pace with more action towards the end as Winnie digs in deeper. It has a touch of melodrama in parts, like the books Winnie likes to read, but fits well with the era. I liked Jude's character the best. He is brave, loyal, and smart. He and Winnie make a good crime solving pair. She turns to faith when faced with a scary task, and in her loneliness. "I am Yours, Lord. I am never alone." The author includes interesting historical notes at the end to fill in the details of the actual crimes. Fans of historical romances with some mystery will probably enjoy this story. (An e-book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.)
MelissaGH 29 days ago
Very interesting story filled with kidnapping, mystery, intrigue and danger. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
RMeckley 3 months ago
What an unusual story! The subtitle indicates this is the first of a series of “Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime.” Quite a combination that I really enjoyed! The historical American crime part focuses on H. H. Holmes, considered the first American serial killer, the subject of Erik Larson’s excellent THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY. The romance part includes Winnifred Wylde, a young woman in 1893 Chicago who reads popular romance novels and poetry of the time, including Jane Austen, Tennyson, Browning, and more. The combination of the two provides an intriguing story. While exploring the newly opened Chicago World’s Fair, Winnie thinks she witnesses an abduction of a woman. Crime has increased in Chicago since the Fair opened, and women especially are disappearing. Winnie decides she must investigate, as the heroines in her novels would do. Her father is a police inspector, and agrees to allow her to investigate, as long as one of his detectives can protect her. Meanwhile, Winnie’s aunt is trying to marry Winnie off to a handsome eligible bachelor who has a mysterious secret. Winnie finds herself torn between two very different men while digging deeper into the dangerous investigation. The author’s writing style is readable and descriptive, providing very visual images. I love the way she creates a heroine in the style of Austen’s heroines, presents a romantic triangle that could be pulled straight from those novels, and uses books as a fun plot device. I especially like the quotes presented at the start of each chapter that fit perfectly with the actions in those chapters. The one thing I found odd were the seemingly random insertions of prayers into the plot. I have no problem with characters praying, if it comes naturally in the story. I didn’t think that was the case here. It felt like the prayers were added later, as an afterthought. Overall, though, I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a preprint of this book.
PTBradley 4 months ago
This is the first historical romantic suspense I’ve ever read and it was a delightful read! Winnifred Wylde was an interesting heroine. Smart, stubborn, and caring. I loved the way she had her father wrapped around her finger. And I greatly admired her loyalty and determination to help others. And Jude Thorpe was perfect as the hero—brave, handsome, and in love with Winnie. It was fun watching them play off each other. I’d read about H. H. Holmes and was curious to see how Grace Hitchcock portrayed him. She did a great job of showing how he could be charming and then change into this madman killer. I loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter, too. I’m looking forward to reading more books by Hitchcock.
reececo331 6 months ago
The White City (True Colors) by Grace Hitchcock40738332 March 1st 2019 by Barbour Books ISBN 1683228685 (ISBN13: 9781683228684) Grace Hitchcock takes after her name sake not only in mystery but setting up the suspense. Using the usual suspects she takes over the mystery with a romantic twist. A thrilling story a great adventure and a remarkable love story. The disappearance of several women during the worlds fair has raised the hackles of this high class lady. She believes she has seen this abductor in person. What she does to find the solution of the mystery may be more deadly than adventurous. This is a great story to startle the mystery world.
Jennybug52 7 months ago
4.5 stars- I was intrigued by the premise of this new series when I read about it. The idea of tying real life criminal history with a fictional story sounded very interesting. If the rest of the series is as good as the series debut then I will really enjoy this new series. Grace Hitchcock’s debut novel is a mix of danger, humor, romance and history. Considering this book was about America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I loved Winifred Wylde. She was a spirited woman that loved a good romance novel but didn’t have her head in the clouds. She was down to earth and was street smart, being the daughter of the police inspector. Jude Thorpe, the police detective assigned to guard her was also a great guy. This was a great book that was at times funny, suspenseful and sweet. I look forward to the next book in the series and to Grace Hitchcock’s next book as well. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
BethErin 7 months ago
Delightful banter kept the mood light without detracting from the heart-pumping action and mind-bending mystery! The head-strong unconventional heroine is perfectly paired with a simply wonderful (no spoiler) hero! Winnifred’s personality doesn’t quite fit in the figurative glass tower her well-meaning father would like to hide her away in. Despite their differing opinions, it’s clear that the father/daughter duo are wrapped up in a tangle of grief and expectations. Winnifred’s spunk and intelligence serve her well and she’s definitely a character I’d love to revisit from time to time. Fans of Mary Connealy, Jen Turano, or Regina Jennings will especially enjoy this story’s light-hearted vibe and action-packed plot. I highly recommend this book and look forward to future works from this author! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
academy252 9 months ago
This was quite a different read for me. It is part romance novel, historical fiction, and a true crime story all rolled into one. This story held a great deal of mystery and had lots of twists and turns along the way. It is the first in this new series called True Colors and it is a first book for Grace Hitchcock. It is a Christian fiction novel so it is not graphic like many true crime stories but I can assure you that it is realistic! This story takes place during the Chicago World Fair in 1893. There was talk of crimes being committed in abundance during this time. The story opens with our main character, Winnifred Wylde, the daughter of a Chicago Police inspector, witnessing a kidnapping. When she takes this information to her father he chalks it up to her wild imagination. She was an avid reader of adventure romance books and her father just thought she might be seeing something that was not there. She was adamant about it and out of concern her father assigned a bodyguard, Jude Thorpe, just to make sure she remained safe. Being the inquisitive woman that she was she pursued this matter further until she discovered an unusual man named Henry Howard Holmes. She got permission to go undercover as a secretary to investigate the matter further. Her goal was to discover if he was involved in some kind of crime and maybe even find out what happened to the woman she saw being kidnapped. She had no idea how deep this went. Would she get in over her head with this one? It is an intriguing book with lots of twists and turns and connections I did not anticipate quickly. H. H. Holmes is a real character in history… and a dangerous one at that. Learn more about his story and the adventure that Winnifred and her detective friend Jude Thorpe encounter as they seek out the truth of what happens to the woman in the green dress.
lesacap1262 9 months ago
Historical Fiction can be so much fun, it’s so interesting. Who knew the first documented American serial killer was roaming around Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair. The White City by Grace Hitchcock is a fantastic book that I thoroughly enjoyed. A Christian Fiction with a mysterious twist and a bit of romance. It was really a pleasure to read. The fact that the events depicted were based on an actual case made it even more interesting. This is the first installment on a new series from Barbour Books called True Colors - Historical Stories of American Crime. I can’t wait for the next one, such an intriguing series! We meet Winnifred Wylde at the fair, in the tea room with an exhaustingly boring date. As she looks out the doors from her table she is certain she has witnessed a crime. A woman being grabbed and taken. As fast as she can she runs to the scene but the woman is gone. . Her father is the Chief of Police and she heads right to this office to report this crime. Her father and the other officers do not take her seriously. As an avid reader she has often witnessed other wrong doings, the officers think this is another one from her imagination. . Not to be swayed she decides to visit the fair each day until she sees the perpetrator again. He father is not on board but assigns one of his officers to follow her to ensure her safety. She discovers Detective Jude Thorpe on the first day. He is embarrassed and does not wish to tell his boss his undercover skills were discovered, so he agrees to accompany her to see if they see him again. Once they find him, she seeks conversation and is offered a job as a secretary, he has a hotel that is in the process of being remodeled and he needs a secretary to help him. Her father does not want her to take this job but finally agrees if she takes her small gun for safety and that she is trained to go undercover and then accompanied by Detective Thorpe. Will she be able to discover the deep secrets of H. H. Holme’s activity, is he guilty of taking the girl at the fair? Where is she now? And what will happen between Winnifred and the detective. I really enjoyed this book, I found it exciting, romantic, a bit nerve-wracking, and I love going back in time to read how things were done. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
ShareeS 9 months ago
I really enjoyed The White City. I’d been looking forward to this book since I first saw it advertised and was not disappointed. The story comes to life when Winnifred Wylde sees a woman being abducted from the Chicago World’s Fair. In the past, Winnifred has lived in her novels but the opportunity to participate in a real investigation has her going undercover to find the clues needed to bring down H.H. Holmes. Her curiosity might get her killed when her courage takes her undercover into the macabre home of H.H. Holmes and his horrific crime spree. I loved her tenaciousness and fearless moves to find the answers she needs. Jude is the hero every romance book needs. He’s strong and witty, unrelenting in his concern for Winnifred. The White City is well done and really brings the details of history to life in this romantic mystery.
1st-Reader-of-stories 9 months ago
The White City # NetGalley Grace Hitchcock ⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book is reminiscent of Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City. Hitchcock explores the real life murders that took place during the Chicago World’s Fair. She does an okay job in exploring this exploitation of young innocent women by Henry H Holmes during the 1893 World’s Fair. She tells the story of Winnifield Wylde, a young woman who goes “undercover” to try to catch him. There is murder, intrigue, subterfuge and romance. My interest was peaked in discovering how it would all turn out, but I was never fully invested in the storyline. The characters were interesting and Winnie was a spunky young woman but it was not enough for me to change my star rating higher than three star. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher as an advanced copy read for an honest review.
FHlady 9 months ago
"My daughter tends to exaggerate because she reads too many of those penny novels . . . . . ." This was my first read from Grace Hitchcock, and it was thoroughly enjoyable. A light suspense almost bordering on the cozy side, Winnifred Wylde, the daughter of a police inspector, believes she has seen a kidnapping at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. Addicted to suspense novels, she is sure she can catch the kidnapper. Her father places her under the protection of one of his officers, Jude Thorpe. I was expecting a bit more suspense after reading the summary, but still found this entertaining and enjoyable, In some ways, it reminded me of the old time series Perils of Pauline. Winnie seemed to continually get herself into trouble as she tried to get proof of the person she suspected of the kidnapping, and Jude continually gets her out of that trouble. Dr. Henry Howard Holmes is the perfect villain and leaves enough clues for Winnie and Jude to put the facts together. What could have been a creepy suspense story (based on fact as this was American's first serial killing and the killer admitted to 27 murders), instead was more of a cozy mystery centered on the World's Fair with an edge-of-your-seat ending. The romance did play an important part, and the competition between Jude and Percy definitely caused Winnie to have to choose between her head and her heart. The details of the World's Fair were well done and made me feel as if I was right in the middle of the setting.Since Winnie was a diehard reading addict, I enjoyed the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I will definitely read more books in the True Color series which will contain 6 books by various authors. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Books through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
Perrianne 10 months ago
This is a debut novel for a true crime series, and this particular one is set in Chicago during the World’s Fair in 1892. Winnifred Wylde, the daughter of a police inspector, is the main character. She seems to think she has seen a woman kidnapped at gunpoint at the fair. Her father allows her to search out the criminal with her pistol and detective Jude Thorpe as her bodyguard. Miss Wylde is a simpering young lady who lost her mother at a young age, and her father is rather distant. She is enjoying a bit of freedom from her overbearing aunt who is away and is constantly trying to marry her off well. Her aunt would like for her to find interest in the male author who is writing under a pen name and using Winnifred to help him through his writer’s block. While I liked the story line, I can’t say that the story and writing grabbed me and that I could not put the book down. Although labeled a “true crimes” novel, it is also very much a romance as well. There was a disjointed feel to the story and a few inconsistencies that bugged me. There were some hard and fast society rules that I suspect were breached in this novel. I don’t find it plausible that a police inspector would allow his daughter to pose as a secretary to a possible kidnapper with one of his detectives lurking around outside as her bodyguard. I also think that it would be a serious breach of protocol to allow this on police department time. My grandfather was a police chief, he would NOT have allowed that! I do love the cover of the book, it’s beautiful and the vintage key on the front is consistent with a key found for one of the many trunks the kidnapper uses for his covert hotel business dealings. I think this author has a lot of promise but needs to tighten up her storyline and make sure the research fits the era. I won a copy of the book from the Barbour Publishing. I am in no way required to give a positive review. My review is completely my own and in no way influenced by the complimentary copy of the novel. 3.5 Stars.
Anonymous 11 months ago
A well-written mystery romance, but I found the relationships a little predictable and the mystery story off to somewhat a slow start. I’m sure there are many who will enjoy this series going forward. Just not really for me. With many thanks to the author, the publishers, Barbour Publishing Inc. and NetGalley for my free copy to review.
JLink 11 months ago
The White City by Grace Hitchcock is a solid beginning to a new series. Winnifred loves her city and wants the women of Chicago to be safe. With the Police Inspector's (her dad's) permission, she goes undercover to expose the man that she believes to be behind the disappearance of several women. Also in the mix is a ruggedly handsome detective, a matchmaking aunt, an overeager suitor, and a romance author. Of course, there is danger, intrigue, and a daring rescue. The end was a little creepy for me. The storyline is based on an actual series of crimes so it make sense that it would be a little creepy. This book was a very good read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
AMHeath 12 months ago
My Thoughts: This was an interesting read. I did a little research on Holmes before reading the novel, and I really appreciated the various facts she was able to weave in. Because Hitchcock is dealing with a real figure in history during a specific time in history, I was curious to see how she'd tell her story while keeping with the historical timeline. And I think she did an excellent job here. I was impressed. The White City is a story that almost could have played out in real life. Considering the extreme nature of the crimes, Hitchcock did an excellent job of simply nodding toward reality without shocking her audience at all.  But besides crime and mystery, you'll find a sweet love story -- a love triangle, actually! -- and an authentic historic setting.  Rating and Recommendation: I give it 4 stars and recommend it to Christian Historical Suspense/Mystery fans.  ~ I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
The White City, book #1 in a new “true crime” series by Barbour Publishing, is a great debut by Grace Hitchcock. The writing is fresh, with a gentle humor throughout, and characters are well drawn. There’s plenty of suspense in this story inspired by a man known as America’s first serial killer, and romance is a major theme as well. I loved the vivid historic detail and was quickly drawn into the setting of Chicago’s World Fair during the summer months of 1893. Winnifred, daughter of Inspector Wylde of the Chicago police, is simply delightful. She’s brave, enthusiastic, and an avid reader of romantic adventures! Jude, the officer assigned to protect her while she poses as the suspect’s secretary, is a great match for her, both on and off the job. He’s intelligent, kind, caring, and self-sacrificing. There’s a little romance triangle with the addition of a secondary character who I enjoyed, but it’s really all about Jude and Winnifred. I loved how both strive to put their faith into action in every situation. Lighthearted moments give a good balance to a story about a serial killer, and the author captured the complexity of his nature, both charisma and propensity for violence. The story is more about detecting methods than crime details. In today’s high-tech world of crime solving, it’s fun to be swept back to a time where skills like observation and questioning played such a huge part, and many crimes did get solved that way. The White City is both interesting and entertaining, a great beginning to what promises to be a fascinating series. I look forward to more of Grace Hitchcock’s writing. Recommended. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Erin_Slocum More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: The White City is a historical fiction piece. I love historical fiction but especially when some murder and mystery are included. This book gives me all three! It's the World's Fair in Chicago but women are missing, women are turning up dead! Who's to blame? What's to be done? Who will be the next victim? I love how the author weaved in the truth with the fiction. This really is a crime that happened. I had no idea who H. H. Holmes was so I had to take a quick Google search of him. Yes, he really existed and he really did have a castle. And yes unfortunately the crimes really did happen. Okay. So we've established she took truth and made it into fiction. Now let's chat the fiction aspect of this book. It's riveting! I could not put the book down. Which thankfully I had a feeling after the first chapter this was going to be the case and had my husband take our sleeping infant. You see, I read while I rock our little one to sleep while she nurses at night. Once she falls asleep I get a few hours where I can stay up and read before she wakes and needs me again. Power reading is what I call it! And I'm so glad for this session as I would have been loathe to put the book down! The White City definitely keeps you reading on and wanting more. I cannot wait to see the rest of the series come out. Grace is a wonderful author and I'm going to have to search and see what else she has written so I can binge read them. I tend to do this with authors I enjoy. Winnifred is now a best friend of mine and I'm so pleased with how the book ended though I shan't tell you the ending. Let's just say there is a good dose of nail biting and a good sigh at the end. I received an ebook copy of this book so that I could read it for the review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. I never post positive reviews if I do not enjoy the book.
hes7 More than 1 year ago
Take a trip to the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 with Grace Hitchcock’s debut novel The White City. Transporting and intriguing, it does not disappoint. When the observant, headstrong daughter of a police inspector, Winnifred Wylde, notices a kidnapping, it is up to her to catch the culprit. Her pursuit of justice brings her into contact with dashing Detective Jude Thorpe and devilish H.H. Holmes. With suspense, romance, and drama amidst the fair atmosphere, the story unfolds excellently. Both The Devil in the White City and Timeless peaked my interest in H.H. Holmes and his hotel, so I had high hopes for another suspenseful spin on his true crimes. Hitchcock’s story does justice to the history, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks to Celebrate Lit, I received a complimentary copy of The White City and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
I love mystery books and was very intrigued by this story. We all have heard about different notorious crimes that have been committed such as The Boston Strangler. This book is based on Dr. H.H. Holmes who was known as America's first serial killer. I had never heard of him until I started this book. It is quite an interesting read and really takes you back to the late 1890s where the infamous serial killer made history. It is hard to believe that something so horrific happened that few people may be aware of. Winnifred is a quirky character who is determined to prove to her father that something is happening to women in the city. I was surprised that her father let her become involved in a plot to catch the killer. She has a lot of confidence and I loved her strong willed attitude to stop whatever evil was going on. Holmes from the beginning was a shady person. He made my skin crawl and I didn't like the way he looked at women and the secretive life he had. Winnie starts working for him and that really puts her life in danger. Thank goodness her father had the good sense to hire Jude to protect her. At times, I don't think he was such a great detective and was perhaps smitten by Winnie and didn't fully concentrate on his job. There is one chilling part in the story where Winnie noses around in the basement and almost gets caught. What is Holmes hiding down there? I could feel the darkness overtake her and the creepy feeling she got as she tried to find out answers. I loved how Winnifred took advantage of every opportunity to snoop around where she worked at. She could sense Holmes was up to no good and was willing to risk her safety to find out . I was on the edge of my seat as Winnifred encountered the person she has suspected of killing people. The details are chilling and I loved how the author brought the story to a shocking ending. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and Barbour Publishing. The review is my own opinion.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
There was much to love about this book, especially in the main character, Winnifred Wylde. She was an avid reader, she was a courageous woman, and she was loyal to her family, The other characters were well drawn, as well. The emotions that the characters experienced were so realistically written, that I wanted to cry with them, or my heart would flutter as well as theirs. The book was well-paced and interesting. Although the novel was about a criminal, the story was clean and readable, yet not without suspense. As has been noted by other reviewers, the romance is stronger than the suspense, but I really enjoyed it. I thought the author portrayed the time period well, and I loved the details and surprises throughout the book. Readers of clean romance will enjoy this book, as well as historical fiction fans. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Barbour Books, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this quick read, and it had a lot of danger, or heart stopping moments, you never knew when evil would strike. The place setting is the Chicago World’s Fair, and we get to experience through these character’s some of the happenings here, some of the new inventions, that we take for granted, and others that have been replaced. The story does focus on a young woman, Winnifred Wylde, and her Aunt’s wish for her to marry socially well, and a young detective who desires to find and convict the people responsible for his brother- in-law’s death. Now our girl has a vivid mind and loves to read and has in the past suspected things that weren’t really happening, but now she finds a woman being kidnapped, and has she cried wolf to long? You don’t want to miss this one! I received this book through Celebrate Lit, and was not required to give a positive review.
directorgirl11386 More than 1 year ago
The White City by Grace Hitchcock is a new book series. Every book tells a story based on real American history crimes. In this book (book one) is a mysterious tale around the real facts of a serial killer amidst the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. We are brought into Winnifred Wylde life. She is a sweet, stubborn and isn't afraid to speak her mind, Her father is an inspector for the Chicago police department. He assigns detective Jude Thorpe to keep an eye out for her protection. She falls in love with two men, Jude her bodyguard and Percy Covington. Which one will she choose? One lesson I received is don't cry wolf too many times because no one will believe you when it actually does happen. Hitchcock did a great job of letting the reader know what is the facts and what is fiction. Her characters are relatable and well thought out. Jude was a charming hero but also a tortured soul. He falls in love with Winnifred but there is real tension between them. Winnifred wasn't afraid to ask for help especially with all of the difficult situations that happen through the book. She fills every page with vivid details allowing you to adventure back to 1893. I would consider this book to be more of a Historical Romance Mystery. I look forward to reading more of Grace Hitchcock's books.
Melissa Andres More than 1 year ago
The White City by Grace Hitchcock is her debut novel and the first book in the True Colors series by Barbour Publishing. I really enjoyed this story! I liked the romance, I liked the mystery, I liked the setting, I liked the characters! The romance had touches of sweet with moments of swoon-worthy. I didn't know much of anything about H. H. Holmes, so the mystery was quite intriguing for me. I enjoyed having true crime come to life. The setting of Chicago's World Fair was perfect. (Of course, it helps that the actual crime took place there. ;)) The characters were fantastic. Winnie Wylde is a spunky, adventurous, witty heroine that has a weak spot for a good mystery. Jude Thorpe is the quintessential hero. Strong, handsome, chivalrous, and a police detective. He's attentive to Winnie and her hero more than once. The writing of this story is very well done! It flowed perfectly, nothing was rushed, and I enjoyed it immensely! I'm very much looking forward to what comes next from Ms. Hitchcock and also the True Colors series! I received a complementary copy of this book. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
I am quite excited for this new series based on true crime stories in America. Even though the main characters are fictional, they do come across the true criminals. In the White City Winnie has been enjoying the Chicago Fair and not enjoying her Aunt’s constant setting her up with different beaus. When she sees a suspicious kidnapping scene at the fair she goes to her father who is the police chief to report it. However due to a past false claim, her father allows her to continue her little investigation while not truly believing her. He does set her up with a police detective for a body guard, the newly arrived from New York Jude Thorpe. I have heard of America’s first serial killer before, so this story was a little bit chilling one that had the characters looking over their shoulders frequently. There is also a “forbidden” romance storyline along with another suitor that I also really liked. Winnie is not a damsel in distress; she truly believes what she saw and goes on this investigation adventure to save other women. She has a good head on her shoulders and would make a good detective if women were allowed in that position in 1893. She is, though a bit innocent in how evil someone can truly be. Jude is her knight in shining armor and the main person that takes her claims seriously. But Jude and Winnie are playing a dangerous game with a very evil person and their lives are in real danger. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.