Set in gilded age New York, These Shallow Graves follows the story of Josephine Montfort, an American aristocrat. Jo lives a life of old-money ease. Not much is expected of her other than to look good and marry well. But when her father dies due to an accidental gunshot, the gilding on Jo’s world starts to tarnish.
With the help of a handsome and brash reporter, and a
young medical student who moonlights in the city morgue, Jo uncovers
the truth behind her father’s death and learns that if you’re going to
bury the past, you’d better bury it deep.
Josephine Montfort is from
one of New York's oldest, most respected, and wealthiest families. Like
most well-off girls of the Gilded Age, her future looks set - after a
finishing school education, she will be favourably married off to a
handsome gentleman, after which she'll want for nothing.
But Jo has
other dreams and desires that make her long for a very different kind of
future. She wants a more meaningful and exciting life: she wants to be
an investigative journalist like her heroine Nellie Bly. But when Jo's
father is found dead in his study after an alleged accident, her life
becomes far more exciting than even Jo would wish. Unable to accept that
her father could have been so careless, she begins to investigate his
death with the help of a young reporter, Eddie Gallagher. It quickly
becomes clear he was murdered, and in their race against time to
discover the culprit and his motive, Jo and Eddie find themselves not
only battling dark characters on the violent and gritty streets of New
York, but also their growing feelings for each other.
Published: 27th October 2015
Publisher: Random House
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Series or Stand-Alone: Stand-Alone
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
What I was not fond of with this book... I would have loved for there to have been a few more surprises, twists or turns in the story. A lot of the story I pretty much guessed what was going to happen next (but that didn't make me like the story any less) so I would have liked to have a couple of twists and turns that I wasn't expecting.