Book Review: The White City by Grace Hitchcock

March 04, 2019

As a true crime fan, I gladly offered to read this title in a new series by Barbour Books. "The White City" is the first of a "new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime." This particular story 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 especially curious to see how the author would combine these two topics 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 is the local police chief and knows of his daughter's curiosity and sense of adventure.  He allows her sleuthing in this "minor" investigation, only with the aid of a new detective as her bodyguard. The plot throws her into an alarming situation that fits within the history known of H.H. Holmes. In the meantime, two men vie for her attention (one being the new detective), 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 type 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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