Monday, March 04, 2019

Book Review: The White City by Grace Hitchcock

As a true crime fan, I gladly offered to read and to give an honest review when NetGalley offered this title.   

“The White City” is promoted as the first of a “new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime,” and this particular joined the villain H.H. Holmes, (who built the murder castle during  Chicago’s World Exhibition of 1893) along with an inspirational romance.  I was certainly curious to see how the author would combine these two into a captivating tale.

The main character, Winnifred, involves herself in an investigation that eventually leads her to interact with H.H. Holmes.  Her father allows her to be a sleuth on her own with the aid of one of his new detectives as a bodyguard, which of course is quite unrealistic, but the plot does put her into an alarming situation that fits within the history known of H.H. Holmes. In the meantime, two men vie for her attention, and she must choose one of the suitable beaus.  

In my opinion, this book isn’t so much an American Crime story as it is more in the “cozy mystery” genre. However, it does give the genre of inspirational romance a new twist to its predictable plots.  Also, the cover is somewhat misleading as it doesn’t translate that the reader will be reading anything that includes true crime.  To the author’s credit, she does give a history of H.H. Holmes and other details in the back of the book that was not included in the story.

In the end, if you enjoy uncomplicated, cozy mysteries and Christian romance, then this book will be a delightful and perfect weekend read. 

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