Lydia’s job at the library is her world—until a mysterious patron catches her eye . . . and perhaps her heart.
Just months after the closure of the Chicago World’s Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does.
Only when he rescues her in the lobby of the Hartman Hotel does she discover that his name is Sebastian Marks. She also discovers that he lives at the top of the prestigious hotel and that most everyone in Chicago is intrigued by him.
Lydia and Sebastian form a fragile friendship, but when she discovers that Mr. Marks isn’t merely a very wealthy gentleman, but also the proprietor of an infamous saloon and gambling club, she is shocked.
Lydia insists on visiting the club one fateful night and suddenly is a suspect to a murder. She must determine who she can trust, who is innocent, and if Sebastian Marks—the man so many people fear—is actually everything her heart believes him to be.
Interesting and cohesive characters made this book a joy to read.
I’ve been a fan of the Chicago World’s Fair mystery series from the beginning and have been eager to see how Shelley Gray would end the series in the final book.
As usual with this author’s work, I was not disappointed.
The very descriptive details of Chicago, the lovely afternoon tea and even the unsavory but very real elements in this book are all captivating. It’s evident that the author is meticulous with both settings and character development.
From the moment I met librarian Lydia in the reading room I adored her. From the moment I met Sebastian I fell in love with him.
I also liked Bridget and Vincent. The four of them were flawed which made them more realistic.
I was glad to see the return of Detective Howard and Captain Ryan, two of my favorites from the other books in this series.
Even though I was sad to see this series end, I was pleased with the wonderful conclusion.
This book is worthy of a 5 star rating.
I received this book from th publisher in exchange for an honest opinion which I’ve given.