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Deception on Sable Hill (Chicago World's Fair Mystery Series #2)

Shelley Gray, Shelley Shepard Gray
Deception on Sable Hill (Chicago World's Fair Mystery Series #2)

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 ... Read More

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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 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 debutants have been accosted in the city by an assailant wielding a stiletto. As the danger in the city increases, and as Eloisa’s 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?
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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Apr 7, 2015
  • UPC: 9780310338505
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Publish Date: Apr 7, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042040"
  • ISBN: 0310338506

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Back At The Chicago Worlds Fair by Maureen on 4/7/2015
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I have so enjoyed experiencing the Chicago’s World Fair, back in 1893, and getting to know the layout and the buildings. With this story the Fair is getting ready to close, and we attend a fabulous gala with quite a send off.
We have a clash of social status here, and this book does carry on from where we left off in The Secrets of Slone House, which I recommend you read, but is not necessary to know what is happening here. This book is Eloisa Carstairs story, and there is a refresher as to what horrible thing happened to her in the previous book. She has confided in one person and that is Police Detective Sean Ryan, and this is where we go from upper to lower classes.
Where Eloisa has had her every whim taken care of her whole life, born with a silver spoon, and richer than most of her friends, a privileged life. On the other hand Detective Ryan, was born in a very poor Irish family and lived in the other side of town.
Will it be possible to break down barriers and social status for these two to have a relationship? Also there is danger surrounding both of these people, one because she is a debutant and the other because of his job. You will think you know who is the culprit, but I changed my mind a few times.
Come along and enjoy the mystery and intrigue that happen during the fleeting moments of this historical event, and walk in the shoes of these characters, I for one hate these stories to end.

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.

Fantastic story!! by Angela on 3/28/2015
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Chicago, wealth, prestige, mystery, murder, intrigue, love, friendship, family and good characters sets the stage for this second in a trilogy written and crafted by the talented Shelley Gray.
Eloisa Carstairs is mentioned briefly in the first book called Secrets of Sloane House. In Deception on Sable Hill she is one of the major figures, along with Detective Sean Ryan. Through a chance meeting at a formal party their lives become intertwined as Detective Ryan tries to solve the mystery of the "Society Slasher."
Eloisa has a lot going for her as a member of Chicago's elite society, but she also carries a terrible secret (from the first book). Sean comes from a strong Irish family, and not all of his family appreciate his choice of profession. Even though they come from different financial backgrounds, a friendship develops and a bond of trust is formed.
Do you know when you watch a movie and a sequel is made? Down deep you think how are they going to top the first one? Well, I knew that Deception was going to be good, but this was a wonderful sequel, and well worth the wait!! Even I fell in love with Detective Ryan...or at least the qualities that he has. He is a true gentleman. A man of integrity, a sense of family, loves justice, and yet he is bold enough to step up to the plate and serve the city he loves so much. Despite the fact that in the eyes of society, Eloisa and Sean, have nothing in common they go to prove that love goes deeper than money. They show that love never fails and can overcome any obstactle.
I am going to be disappointed when this series ends, but I love the fact that I will be able to cherish these stories and relive them over and over again. Another home run...thank you Shelley!!


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