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The Fall Of White City (Gilded Age Mysteries Book 1) by [Wikarski, N. S.]
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Gilded Age Mystery Series
Chicago in the 1890s is the fastest growing metropolis in America. It rivals New York as the City Of The Century and the epitome of the Gilded Age. This melting pot of thieves and corrupt politicians, robber barons and immigrants, is rife with scandal and social injustice. Evangeline LeClair and Freddie Simpson find themselves repeatedly drawn into the hidden world of intrigue and murder that lurks in the shadows of the White City.

Volume One - The Fall Of White City
Eccentric heiress Evangeline LeClair leads a paradoxical life. By day, she fends off marriage-minded suitors. By night, she teaches English to factory workers at a social settlement in the slums. Evangeline is quite satisfied with the status quo until murder disrupts her routine. One of her students, a penniless immigrant named Elsa, has been stabbed to death in Chicago's most exclusive hotel. Elsa's brother Franz, a known anarchist, is accused of the crime.

Evangeline believes she can aid Franz by tracking down the real killer herself. She wheedles her admirer, Freddie Simpson, into helping her investigate. Their list of possible suspects is long: captains of industry, denizens of the slums, a shady doctor who mixes his own drugs, and a teenage prostitute at a sporting house in the Levee District.

When the two compare notes, all their evidence points to the same conclusion. Elsa met a mysterious gentleman at the Columbian Exposition fairgrounds. He became her lover, possibly her killer, and she may not have been his only victim. The amateur sleuths race to unmask their unknown opponent before the Fair ends and he vanishes for good. To find him, they must delve beneath the gleaming surface of the White City to find the darkness that lies at its core.

About the Author

Nancy Wikarski is a fugitive from academia. After earning her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, she became a computer consultant and then turned to mystery and historical fiction writing. Her short stories have appeared in Futures Magazine and DIME Anthology, while her book reviews have been featured in Murder: Past Tense and Deadly Pleasures. She has written the Evangeline LeClair series set in 1890s Chicago. Titles include The Fall Of White City and Shrouded In Thought. The series has received People's Choice Award nominations for best first novel and best historical. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and has served as vice president of Sisters In Crime - Twin Cities and on the programming board of the Chicago chapter. She is currently working on the seven book Arkana series.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa7718f18) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7a73e64) out of 5 stars Whodunit set in Chicago, 1894 March 5 2013
By Patricia - Published on
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"White City" is the 1893 Chicago World Fair and protagonist Evangeline and sidekick Freddy are well-to-do residents of Chicago suburbia. Evangeline (Engie) teaches literature at an inner city settlement house-type facility and when one of her students is murdered she doesn't like it one bit! With Freddy in tow, she sets out to find the perpetrator.
With this as the plot line, the author offers a credible picture of turn-of-20th-century Chicago and of a way of life that includes early electric lighting, the start of telephone services, railroad travel between city and 'burbs, the congestion of horse-drawn vehicles mixed with streetcars and the occasional automobile in the city proper, as well as poverty, child labor and the hardships faced by new immigrants.
The literary style remains true to the period with a vocabulary and sentence structure reminiscent of Arthur Conan Doyle or even Bram Stoker. And the ending....definitely NOT what you expected. In all, this is a fun book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7b9b8b8) out of 5 stars A fun, quick read Dec 7 2014
By Castlecat - Published on
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This book was well written and I enjoyed it but it wasn't that suspenseful to me. Nothing really came as a surprise except for the final chapter. I really wanted more about the World's Fair but there was very little included. I thought the last chapter came out of nowhere and was quite a stretch. Also, some of the leads touched upon were not resolved to my liking. Still, it was a pleasant division.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7b9b798) out of 5 stars A nice diversion Oct. 26 2013
By Roberta Sheahan - Published on
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A bit contrived, and moderately well-constructed, but a fun bit of historical amateur detective fiction for a distraction on a trip.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa827d774) out of 5 stars Like it but . . . Jan. 27 2014
By Walter E. Obrien - Published on
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I liked the book and the way the author gave you a great feeling of the 1890s.


That being said, I found the ultimate mystery solution to be in contradiction with the rest of the book. Leave out the last chapter and it was a good book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa827daf8) out of 5 stars Early Chicago unmasked April 27 2013
By Raymond Kostiuk - Published on
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The social class distinctions of early immigrants to Chicago, exposed in a suspense format
Along the lines of an Agatha Christie or John Grisham mystery. Ray Kostiuk