Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister

Happy Tuesday and Book Release Day!  Girl in Disguise is the second book by Greer Macallister and it came out today. Her first novel is The Magician's Lie. Greer Macallister is on Amazon and Facebook.  Follow her to get notifications when she releases a new book.

Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister is based on the real life of the first female Pinkerton agent, Kate Warne.  It is 1856 in Chicago, Illinois and Kate Warne needs a job.  She is a widow with little in the way of funds.  In response to an advertisement, Kate arrives at the offices of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency.  Kate is interviewed by Allan Pinkerton who states that they do not hire women.  She asks him for an opportunity to prove her worth by solving a case.  If she can close the investigation, Kate will get a position.  Pinkerton agrees and gives her an opportunity to recover money stolen from First Eagle Savings Bank.  With a little assistance, Kate is successful and gets her position as the first female Pinkerton agent.  Unfortunately, her fellow agents are not as welcoming as Allan Pinkerton.  Kate sets out to learn the skills she needs to be a successful agent and prove to the men that she is an asset.  We get to follow Kate as she learns her craft and shows how valuable female agents can be to the agency.  Kate is so successful that Pinkerton needs to start a Female Bureau of Detectives, and he wishes Kate to head it.  This is a great opportunity for Kate, and she embraces the challenge.  With the outbreak of the Civil War, Kate feels her services are more valuable in the field. Kate’s skills could prove vital to the country during this time of upheaval.  But life is not all rosy for Kate.  Pick up a copy of Girl in Disguise to find out what happens to Kate Warne.

Girl in Disguise is a slow starter, but it gets better the further I got into the story.  The novel is nicely written, and I did find it appealing.  I wish, though, that the author had focused on Kate’s joining the Pinkerton agency and maybe one or two cases.  Kate’s life would have made a great series.  Each book could have focused on a new case.  The novel starts in 1856 and takes us through the end of the Civil War.  I was dissatisfied with the romance portion of the book and how it affected Kate.  It just did not seem to go with her personality or behavior prior to this point.  I give Girl in Disguise 4 out of 5 stars.  The book, in a way, reminds me of a biography.  But it lacked the depth you would find in one.  We do not get enough details on Kate and her life as an agent.  It is a superficial overview.  I would have loved more details especially when she first started out as an agent.  It is supposed to be a fictionalized account, so I wish the author had pushed it a little further.  The ending was a bit of a letdown.  It would have been nice if the author had included an epilogue showcasing the end of Kate Warne’s life.  I am interested in finding out more information about Kate Warne and her life.  I know that little information on Kate and her activities survived the Chicago Fire of 1871, but I hope to find more details than were available in Girl in Disguise.  If you enjoy reading historical novels, check out Girl in Disguise.

If you use Goodreads, here is the link to Girl in Disguise.  Girl in Disguise is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, Indigo, and Powell's. I hope you have a beautiful Spring day.  We are actually enjoying a spring in Florida (very unusual for us).  I will be reviewing If Not For You by Debbie Macomber tomorrow.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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