Title: Girl in Disguise
Author: Greer Macallister
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publish Date: March 21, 2017 (Today!)
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "For the first female Pinkerton detective, respect is hard to come by. Danger, however, is not.
the tumultuous years of the Civil War, the streets of Chicago offer a
woman mostly danger and ruin-unless that woman is Kate Warne, the first
female Pinkerton detective and a desperate widow with a knack for
Descending into undercover operations, Kate is able
to infiltrate the seedy side of the city in ways her fellow detectives
can't. She's a seductress, an exotic foreign medium, or a rich train
passenger, all depending on the day and the robber, thief, or murderer
she's been assigned to nab."
My Two Cents:
"Girl in Disguise" is the story of Kate, who lives in the mid-1800s and suddenly finds herself a widow in the middle of Chicago. Being a widow at this time was incredibly difficult because it meant that there was little you could do as a woman to make a living. With nothing left to do, she decides to follow her dreams and walk into the Pinkerton Detective Agency. This famous agency was involved with so many cases during that time period!
Being a detective was definitely something that most women weren't allowed to do at the time but as readers quickly find out in this book, Kate is not someone who takes no for an answer. In order to prove her mettle, she has to take on a case that can put her in some danger without her being able to know whether or not she will have a place at the agency. The author does a great job of bringing this danger to life with good detail.
This book follows Kate through several cases, many of them which will be very interesting to history lovers. For instance, Kate is charged with getting President-elect Abraham Lincoln to his inauguration safely. It requires that not only Kate go in disguise but that President Lincoln get on a train in disguise as well. It's one of those true history stories that almost seems unbelievable. I had to look up what actually happened right after finishing the book and I think any book that can get you interested in continuing to do research is a good one. Kate is a fascinating character and I love the way that the author was able to bring this person who is not particularly well-known to life!