Toxic medicine, a fanatic Chicago detective, and a fatal plunge down a steep staircase embroil Val and Roddy DeVere in a dangerous quest for facts in 1899. Roddy’s fledgling business teeters as his partner begs him to free him from a detective’s “witch hunt.” The question: was the partner’s wife’s fatal free fall an accident? Or was it murder?
A Deadly Gilded Free Fall (The Roddy and Val DeVere Gilded Series)
Toxic medicine, a fanatic Chicago detective, and a fatal plunge down a steep staircase embroil Val and Roddy DeVere in a dangerous quest for facts in 1899.
I first need to say that I have not read the previous books in this series, so there were obviously a lot of events mentioned that I did not know about or understand. However, there was just enough mention of past events that I didn’t feel totally lost.
I found the writing style to be a little bizarre. Lots of dashes – and dot dot dots…. But it wasn’t so bad that it spoiled my enjoyment of the story.
The scenes were well described so that I could get a good sense of place and feel as though I were actually there myself. Each character was well fleshed out and nothing felt “fake”.
The mystery was very well done and while I sort of guessed who the culprit was, I wasn’t actually sure until they were revealed.
I also enjoyed the history of various things and places in the book. While it was fiction, there were actual events mentioned in the book.
In my view, this was a good read and I quite enjoyed it. I believe I’ll go back and read the previous books, as well.
I received an ARC of this book and have left my review voluntarily.