Deception on Sable Hill
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: April 2015
Duration: 9 hours 12 minutes
The World’s Fair is nearing its end, but the danger in Chicago lingers.
It’s mid-September of 1893, and Eloisa Carstairs is the reigning beauty of Gilded Age Chicago society. To outsiders she appears to have it all. But Eloisa is living with a dark secret. Several months ago, she endured a horrible assault at the hands of Douglass Sloane, heir to one of Chicago’s wealthiest families. Fearing the loss of her reputation, Eloisa has confided in only one friend. That is, until she meets Detective Sean Ryan at a high-society ball.
Sean is on the outskirts of the wealthy Chicago lifestyle. Born into a poor Irish family, becoming a policeman was his best opportunity to ensure his future security. Despite society’s restrictions, he is enamored with Eloisa Carstairs. Sean seethes inside at what he knows happened to her, and he will do anything to keep her safe—even if he can never earn her affections.
Eloisa longs to feel normal again in the midst of the danger surrounding the Chicago World’s Fair, but a killer is on the loose. In the last month, three debutantes have been accosted in the city by an assailant wielding a stiletto. As the danger in the city increases, and as Eloisa and Sean’s romance blossoms, they both realize they want to be seen as more than how the world views them. But will they catch the killer before all their hopes come tumbling down?
“Fans of Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City will note that Gray’s suspenseful historical draws on the same case of the serial killer who preyed on young women during the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. The author also evokes the hierarchical social lines and the difficulties of relationships among different classes. Still, love blooms in the most unlikely hearts. A wise choice for readers who enjoy their historicals with a thrilling touch of suspense and romance.”—Library Journal