Fallen Women



[Reading] ➻ Fallen Women ➱ Sandra Dallas – E17streets4all.co.uk It is the spring of and wealthy New York socialite Beret Osmundsen has been estranged from her younger sister, Lillie, for a year when she gets word from her aunt and uncle that Lillie has died sudde It is the spring ofand wealthy New York socialite Beret Osmundsen has been estranged from her younger sister, Lillie, for a year when she gets word from her aunt and uncle that Lillie has died suddenly in Denver What they do not tell her is that Lillie had become a prostitute and was brutally murdered in the brothel where she had been living When Beret discovers the sordid truth of Lillie s death, she makes her way to Denver, determined to find her sister s murderer Detective Mick McCauley may not want her involved in the case, but Beret is determined, and the investigation soon takes her from the dangerous, seedy underworld of Denver s tenderloin to the highest levels of Denver society Along the way, Beret not only learns the depths of Lillie s depravity, but also exposes the sinister side of Gilded Age ambition in the process Sandra Dallas once again delivers a page turner filled with mystery, intrigue, and the kind of intricate detail that truly transports you to another time and place.Fallen Women

Award winning author SANDRA DALLAS was dubbed a quintessential American voice by Jane Smiley, in Vogue Magazine Sandra s novels with their themes of loyalty, friendship, and human dignity have been translated into a dozen foreign languages and have been optioned for filmsA journalism graduate of the University of Denver, Sandra began her writing career as a reporter with Business Week A staff member for twenty five years and the magazine s first female bureau chief, she covered the Rocky Mountain region, writing about everything from penny stock scandals to hard rock mining, western energy development to contemporary polygamy Many of her experiences have been incorporated into her novels While a reporter, she began writing the first of ten nonfiction books They include Sacred Paint, which won the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Wrangler Award, and The Quilt That Walked to Golden, recipient of the Independent Publishers Assn Benjamin Franklin AwardTurning to fiction in , Sandra has published eight novels, including Prayers For Sale Sandra is the recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award for New Mercies, and two time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award, for The Chili Queen and Tallgrass In addition, she was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Assn Award, and a four time finalist for the Women Writing the West Willa AwardThe mother of two daughters Dana is an attorney in New Orleans and Povy is a photographer in Golden, Colorado Sandra lives in Denver with her husband, Bobtp uscmillan author sandra.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader suddenly in Denver What they do not tell her is that Lillie had become a prostitute and was brutally murdered in the brothel where she had been living When Beret discovers the sordid truth of Lillie s death, she makes her way to Denver, determined to find her sister s murderer Detective Mick McCauley may not want her involved in the case, but Beret is determined, and the investigation soon takes her from the dangerous, seedy underworld of Denver s tenderloin to the highest levels of Denver society Along the way, Beret not only learns the depths of Lillie s depravity, but also exposes the sinister side of Gilded Age ambition in the process Sandra Dallas once again delivers a page turner filled with mystery, intrigue, and the kind of intricate detail that truly transports you to another time and place."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • Fallen Women
  • Sandra Dallas
  • English
  • 04 July 2017
  • 1250030935

10 thoughts on “Fallen Women

  1. says:

    If you want a 19th century detective novel based on a loving sister s journey for justice for her baby sister, as this book promised, keep walking There is nothing to see here.If you wanted to read about a sanctimonious, passive aggressive, holier than thou bitch of a sister and her personal journey to find her sister s killer through pure fucking luck for no other reason than to assuage her personal guilt in the role she played in contributing to her so called beloved sister s death, then by a If you want a 19th century detective novel based on a loving sister s journey for justice for her baby sister, as this book promised, keep walking There is nothing to see here.If you wanted to read about a sanctimonious, passive aggressive, holier than thou bitch of a sister and her personal journey to find her sister s killer through pure fucking luck for no other reason than to assuage her personal guilt in the role she played in contributing to her so called beloved sister s death, then by all means, settle in, my dear friend It s the biggest lie on earth to slap a detective label on this book, because it relies on no other methods of detection besides the overuse of a literary device that I absolutely fucking hate called deus ex fucking machina.If I happen to capture the 1 most wanted on the FBI s Top Ten list because the criminal happened to be hiding underneath my car as I ran him over unknowingly, it doesn t make me a fucking bounty hunter because there is no fucking skill involved beyond that of pure bloody luck What happens within this book doesn t make it a fucking detective novel because there is no methodology whatsoever besides the dilletante actions of a TSTL socialite missionary and the unenthusiastic dabblings of a wealthy Detective Sergeant who plays at being a fucking police detective I say play, because to him, it is nothing but play The ass wanker is actually happy to have a murder to investigate because he s so fucking bored with his fucking job, which begs the question of why he s actually working as a detective at all when he can clearly afford to do something else with his useless waste of a brain.There is a thing as outright murder, in which a person actually takes another person s life, but that s not the only way to kill someone And then there s involuntary manslaughter, in which the killer has less culpability For example, leaving a charged gun in the open where a child can reach it That person may not have pulled the trigger, but they are still responsible for a death I hereby accuse Beret Osmundsen of involuntary manslaughter The victim her sister I m only being mildly facetious, but I do find her grossly negligent and excessively cruel in her treatment of her immoral sister, Lillie.You may recall that I have a sister, who is around 10 years younger than I am, whom I adore She and I are exactly the same age apart as the sisters in this book, Beret and Lillie I read this book because I love historical novels featuring amateur female detectives, and the premise of a sisterly vengeance is one that I love.I wish I had never read this book What a disgusting waste of my time What a travesty of a book I have never read a criminal investigative book with so much rampant victim blaming and slut shaming as this book features Find a pair of glasses Cover it with some red cellophane Listen to some Rammstein Open up a white supremacy website and some anti feminism forums and read through a few pages Then you ll get a feel of how I felt while reading this book There was a lot of anger, a lot of rage, a lot of fucking fury and disgust at the level of sly hate disguised as love within this book.As for sisterly love Sisterly grief What fucking grief One of Beret s first thoughts upon finding out that her sister has been cruelly murdered is to cryfrom rage as she realized she would never be able to extract the remorse from Lillie that was dueBeret s mindset throughout her investigation is that of I AM SUCH A GOOD PERSON BECAUSE I LOVE MY SISTER DESPITE THE FACT THAT SHE FLIRTS WITH ANYTHING WITH A PENIS, AND SHE S SUCH A FUCKING SLUT THAT SHE PRETTY MUCH ASKED TO BE MURDERED BY BEING STABBED SEVEN TIMES WITH A PAIR OF SCISSORS Summary Sombrero Bonnet Fedora Turban DAMMIT Beret That s her name Beret Osmundsen s sister Lillie is murdered in a brothel in Denver, Colorado Beret thinks her sister is a little slut, who betrayed her despite the fact that Beret has loved Lillie her whole life Being the wonderful, perfect, virtuous person she is, Beret sets out to fall in love with the Detective in charge of solving her sister s murder Sombrero and Michael subsequently bond over the long walks they take, the restaurant meals they share, and the many prostitutes murders over which they kinda, sorta, investigate.DAMMIT Beret Beret Her name is Beret Not Sombrero Get your head hat on straight, Khanh.The Characters This is usually the part in the review where I go over whether a character is complex or not, her development, blah blah blah Fuck that I fucking hated Beret s guts, and here are the reasons why you should, too.Beret Missionary, my ass For someone who supposedly does so much good works as a missionary, Beret is a hypocritical, snobbish, judgmental bitch There are two types of missionaries one who truly do good, and the other who simply do good for the sake of feeling good about themselves I believe Beret is the latter She is such a snob She looks down on the newly wealthy in Denver for their garish tastes in clothing, housing, furniture, despite being new money herself Despite working with the poor, the beaten, the unfortunate at her mission, Beret has a surprising lack of sympathy for the prostitutes who work at the brothel in which they used to work The prostitutes there are seductive, sly, nefarious whores NothingThere is zero sympathy for those women or for their circumstances.Beret is also judgmental of people based on their appearance Apparently, if you re ugly, you re shit out of luck, and anyone who looks upon an ugly person kindly, like her aunt, must be a fucking saint Jonas looked directly at Beret now, and she saw the freakish scars on his face and thought what a good woman her aunt had been to pick up such an ugly child, a child other society women might find offensive, and take him into her home She had been the soul of compassion. Beret is also surprisingly racist, despite the fact that she s a missionary I get it, it s the 19th century, racism is rampant, but I would hope to think that a missionary might be kinder, but no Beret is horrified that her sister had been a prostitute, and evenhorrified to realize that her sister might have entertained a Negro Her words, not mine And also, Chinaman I understand the use of these words in a historical context, but given that there is no use and no room and no point relevant to the plot, is the inclusion of such racist, cruel words even necessary Beret claims to love her sister She is a fucking liar Remember what I said about culpability earlier Yeah Usually when a character cries I killed her I m the first to say NO YOU DIDN T, YOU DUM DUM HEAD In this case, yes, Beret almost killed her sister It s the fucking 19th century There ain t a lot of options for a very young, very vulnerable woman when she has been cast out onto the streets by her sister and guardian who should have been taking care of her, no matter what she s done And what does Beret do Throw Lillie out of the house on a transgression I told him Lillie should be cut off until she saw the error of her ways and apologized, and that s exactly what he did. Beret throws Lillie out of the house that Lillie also owns, by their late parents will Beret cuts off Lillie s access to money, money that is Lillie s Lillie doesn t know she couldn t be thrown out of her home and therefore leaves What s worse is that Beret convinces everyone, their lawyer, their remaining family, that Lillie is incompetent and immoral and undeserving of receiving her own inheritance And then Lillie ends up in a brothel, stabbed to a bloody death by seven scissor wounds.Beret believes it s Lillie s fault for bringing her murder upon herself Indeed, everyone she talks to seems to think Lillie deserved it Beret found herself hating Lillie and thinking her sister deserved what she d gotten Lillie is so beautiful, that looking upon her sister s corpse, Beret asks the detective whether he has fallen in love with her corpse, too Fuck you, Beret Lillie is a seductive child She goes after anything with a dick She is cruel, she is manipulative It is Lillie s beauty that leads men to behave like fools around her It is not the men s fault at all Beret hated Lillie and tossed her out because she caught her sister in bed with her husband Aaaaaaand You would think after working with so many poor women who d been abused by their husbands or been forced to sacrifice their honor to their employers that I would have known the man was always at fault But I m afraid I reacted like a typical scorned woman I blamed the other woman my sister. Yeah, typical Fuck you, Beret Act like a whore, get murdered, it s what any ho deserves, right Fuck you, Beret.Lillie I get that the book is trying to make Lillie into a bad character It doesn t work Why HER CHARACTER Always, always, ALWAYS, it s HER CHARACTER Why is she so bad IT S HER CHARACTER Why does she constantly seek attention from men IT S HER CHARACTER Why do men always fall in love with her IT S HER CHARACTER Why is she so despicable IT S HER CHARACTER.Fuck her character This ain t some Freudian shit, and I m not a 5 year old who you can spoon fucking feed into believe someone is bad simply because you fucking tell me she is You want me to hate a character, you better fucking give me a good fucking reason We get to see glimpses of Lillie from childhood to present, and I see a little girl who grew from a somewhat spoiled childhood into someone who s the fucking Whore of Babylon Give me some fucking proof because I don t fucking buy what I was given.Setting Plot I can t help but wonder that this book needed a better editor, for surely, 5 minutes on Wikipedia can tell you much Like the fact that there are no skyscrapers in New York in the year 1885 I read historical books because I want to forget about the present I live in a time where social media and modernity hits me in the face every 5 seconds and I want to get away from that When I read a historical novel, I want it to be historically accurate, and I don t want modern details sneaking in that slaps me back rudely into the present I m sure the word criminologist existed in 1885 I m sure hot running water existed in 1885 I m pretty fucking sure that the use of either is not prevalent, and I really don t want to see it in my 19th century based novel I m sure that the word crush existed, in fact, it was recorded as being first used in 1884 in the modern context Would it have been commonly used in 1885 Fucking no.Yeah, I m anal about details Get over it, or get a better editor.The plot is straightforward enough, but there is a minute amount of detection, and a considerable amount of accidental discovery and stupidity Frankly, there was no point for having Detective Sergeant Michael in the book in the damn place Beret at first suspected that he is a political appointee, and also believes that the police are largely incompetent Well, she was right, because the police and the Big, Brawny Detective himself are completely and utterly useless in this novel Their role seem limited to poring over corpses, making some vague hypotheses, and the rest of the time is spent making googly eyes at each other in some odd, macabre courtship ritual over death.Which is not to say Beret herself is anycompetent, rather less, and still considerablydespicable As I mentioned previously, there is an ample amount of stupidity within Beret She continually gets herself into dangerous situations, despite knowing better, and ends up being saved only by an act of Providence, which is to say, things happen by chance to rescue Beret s dumb ass once too many time for me to believe.Fuck this book

  2. says:

    This book was frustrating to me And this post contains some spoilers.First and foremost, I have to say that I started it with the intention of liking it And for awhile, I did But Beret started to crawl under my skin I found it annoying how honestly stupid she was How many times did she put herself in a situation where she was alone with a dangerous person and angering them TOO MANY And every single time she went, oh no I just put myself in danger Again But that s okay, because every sin This book was frustrating to me And this post contains some spoilers.First and foremost, I have to say that I started it with the intention of liking it And for awhile, I did But Beret started to crawl under my skin I found it annoying how honestly stupid she was How many times did she put herself in a situation where she was alone with a dangerous person and angering them TOO MANY And every single time she went, oh no I just put myself in danger Again But that s okay, because every single time someone saved her at the last second Once is believable Twice is acceptable Every other chapter is worthy of sarcasm and eye rolling.I mean, supposedly she s a bright woman So why can t she learn I feel like she was supposed to be a picture of a smart, independent young woman who gets things down But then she was always in need of a hero and never thought things through She didn t even solve the mystery The butler arranged to have the very obvious answer hung in her closet So in a way, this hard working and self sufficient woman was just a headstrong stereotypical damsel in distress All the time.I wouldn t read it again That s all

  3. says:

    She was a girl from one of New York s wealthiest families, and she ended up dead in a whorehouseQuote from ARC Denver, Colorado 1885 New York socialite Beret Osmundsen comes to sort out the murder of her younger sister how did Lillie go from being a well bred young miss in the care of her aunt and uncle to working in a high class whore house Beret s investigation puts her in the path of detective Mick McCauley and the two work together as they follow the clues to solving the murderShe was a girl from one of New York s wealthiest families, and she ended up dead in a whorehouseQuote from ARC Denver, Colorado 1885 New York socialite Beret Osmundsen comes to sort out the murder of her younger sister how did Lillie go from being a well bred young miss in the care of her aunt and uncle to working in a high class whore house Beret s investigation puts her in the path of detective Mick McCauley and the two work together as they follow the clues to solving the murder This being a mystery and all you know there s going to be lots of dead ends, red herrings and maybe another murder or two keep the reader guessing and turning the pages About those red herringsFrom reading other reviews it s clear I m in the minority, but I pretty much guessed the gist of the big tah dah by page 52 according to my notes, although I was slightly off the mark can t saywithout spoiling I never really bought into any of many suspects thrown in my reading path, nor was I warm up much to Beret and Mick as a couple Not great, but not bad either YMMV

  4. says:

    I gave this book 5 stars because of the rare combination of moving plot, compelling characters and exact historical accuracy That s rare I found the beginning a little slow but it quickly zoomed up to a good pace Fans of Rhys Bowen will enjoy the similar style hero heroine here a reluctant Denver cop and a high society New Yorker and the tension between them antagonistic at first and then, inevitably, romantic Or heading that way A very nice set up for future books at the end of this one I gave this book 5 stars because of the rare combination of moving plot, compelling characters and exact historical accuracy That s rare I found the beginning a little slow but it quickly zoomed up to a good pace Fans of Rhys Bowen will enjoy the similar style hero heroine here a reluctant Denver cop and a high society New Yorker and the tension between them antagonistic at first and then, inevitably, romantic Or heading that way A very nice set up for future books at the end of this one What makes Dallas a must read author is her attention to detail and accuracy I won this on goodreads and have already gotten an older Sandra Dallas book the Bride s House to start catching up with this terrific author

  5. says:

    Sandra Dallas has written some excellent novels Tallgrass and True Sisters come to mind but this is not one of them Fallen Women had definite promise and moved along swiftly, but by the end I was pretty disgusted with nearly all of the characters and their foibles As for the historical setting Denver in the late 1800s I came away thinking it was a hastily built western town with an established tenderloin district and dirty streets, in part because everyone threw trash out the Sandra Dallas has written some excellent novels Tallgrass and True Sisters come to mind but this is not one of them Fallen Women had definite promise and moved along swiftly, but by the end I was pretty disgusted with nearly all of the characters and their foibles As for the historical setting Denver in the late 1800s I came away thinking it was a hastily built western town with an established tenderloin district and dirty streets, in part because everyone threw trash out the carriage windows Up on the hill were stately homes of the nouveau riche, and somewhere in between was a police station A limited view, in other words, not enough to make up for the deficient story.Beret Osmundsen comes to Denver from her home in New York City after learning of her sister Lillie s brutal murder there in a brothel She arrives laden with guilt and determined to discover both her sister s killer and the reason Lillie left the home of their aunt and uncle, the Stantons, to work in a parlor house As her uncle is a judge, his endorsement of Beret s assisting the police suffices to give her auxiliary status in the force Beret feels this is the least she can do for her fallen sister for reasons we eventually learn.A director of a mission for women back home, Beret has plenty of experience with the down and out Even the reluctant detective to whom she s attached softens as she proves herself with good instincts, questions, and observations In the beginning, that is Soon enough we find that she also jumps to conclusions and underestimates the dangers of most of her solo and often secret attempts to ferret out the killer s identity I counted no fewer than six instances in which Beret finds herself in grave danger, mostly due to her own naivete and sheer stupidity Ooh, I wish I weren t in this place alone with a man wielding a weapon Each time she is rescued to carry on and do it again But Beret is not the only annoying character There s the vain, ambitious, and sometimes delusional aunt the charming but philandering ex husband with a cruel streak Lillie, whose true nature Beret has been blind to for years and servants in the Stanton home who are alternately attentive and kind and downright creepy.Tiny point the name Beret irked me a little I wanted to know how to pronounce it Like the French cap I settled on that Since Lillie was named for the flower, why shouldn t her sister be named for a hat At one point a character tells Beret she wants to learn the background of her name the next time they meet Alas, they never meet again.In Fallen Women we get some unvarnished looks at the downtrodden and at the rich, powerful, and greedy, and we see how they intersect The book s title doesn t refer only to prostitutes there s definitelythan one way to fall.In this novel the story fell too

  6. says:

    I won this Advanced Reading Copy through goodreads.Everyone is in love with Lillie Too bad she is dead For our protagonist Beret Osmunden, the murder of her sister carriesthan just heartbreak, it carries with it guilt I wanted to like Fallen Women by Sandra Dallas but I found our main character flat and excruciatingly boring I would have much rather been immersed in the story of her sister Lillie, a spunky, morally questionable young women who gleaned power from seducing every father I won this Advanced Reading Copy through goodreads.Everyone is in love with Lillie Too bad she is dead For our protagonist Beret Osmunden, the murder of her sister carriesthan just heartbreak, it carries with it guilt I wanted to like Fallen Women by Sandra Dallas but I found our main character flat and excruciatingly boring I would have much rather been immersed in the story of her sister Lillie, a spunky, morally questionable young women who gleaned power from seducing every father figure who crosses her path Beret was predictable and flat and always, always, ALWAYS seemed to get caught if she decided to snoop or investigate Dallas seemed to have Beret s behaviour on a loop of question investigate get caught regret actions repetitive to the point of prediction I am a reader who quite often reads the end of the book in order to find out the killer and I get scolded for it on a regular basis by fellow book buddies , but I didn t have to the end in Fallen Women because the behaviour of characters near the beginning of the novel made it evident who indeed was the guilty one By page 100 there was no real need to read further except to find out what happens with the budding love story that emerges By no means did I hate this novel, it is a very light read, perfect for reading in waiting rooms of doctor s offices or under the hairdryer at the beauty salon but not engrossing enough to elicit deep discussions on author craft, character motivation or theme

  7. says:

    I do love books by Sandra Dallas, my favorites being Tall Grass and Prayers for Sale Her historical research is always meticulous and interesting as is her protrayal of women in the West However, this book did not work well as a mystery, taking place in the raw and dirty city of Denver in the late 1800 s Beret comes to Denver to find out who killed her sister, found in a brothel even though Lillie was born to wealth and privilege I figured out the killer very early on, but Beret plugs away r I do love books by Sandra Dallas, my favorites being Tall Grass and Prayers for Sale Her historical research is always meticulous and interesting as is her protrayal of women in the West However, this book did not work well as a mystery, taking place in the raw and dirty city of Denver in the late 1800 s Beret comes to Denver to find out who killed her sister, found in a brothel even though Lillie was born to wealth and privilege I figured out the killer very early on, but Beret plugs away recklessly accusing people and putting herself into dangerous situations alone even though she has developed a good working relationship with a local police detective She finds evidence, but does not share it with Mick and instead confronts the culprits very nearly getting killed every time I almost wished the butler had done it The story would have benefited from Beret and Mick working togetheroften and farrationally Glad for the subdued happy ending which Dallas never guarantees in her works A bit disappointed in this one

  8. says:

    Fallen WomenSandra DallasI received a complimentary ARC of this novel.I really wanted to like this novel, and when I read its description I eagerly awaited its arrival On face, it had many of the attributes I look for when selecting something to read although I was unfamiliar with the author, Sandra Dallas is reportedly an award winner and New York Times best selling author The novel contains many of the elements I currently enjoy an historical mystery set in the late 19th Century, a Gilded Fallen WomenSandra DallasI received a complimentary ARC of this novel.I really wanted to like this novel, and when I read its description I eagerly awaited its arrival On face, it had many of the attributes I look for when selecting something to read although I was unfamiliar with the author, Sandra Dallas is reportedly an award winner and New York Times best selling author The novel contains many of the elements I currently enjoy an historical mystery set in the late 19th Century, a Gilded Age backdrop a story which takes the reader through the many layers of a complex society in a dynamic period in American history.While the writing is deft, the pace swift, and the history well researched, the story line was flawed to the point where I would have thrown the book across the room if I had spent money on it, the language was obtuse, and the characters were unbelievable In my opinion, that s three strikes against a novel, which put it in the horrible category.I will try to avoid spoilers, but since I am being harsh, I feel compelled to give examples so other readers know what I disliked, and can make their own decision as to whether they want to read this book.Storyline 1 There are several egregious continuity errors When I came upon the first one, I thought I misremembered, and kept reading When I came upon the second one, I paged back through the novel to find the previous references and check my memory After that point, I started to put sticky notes in the book to keep track of specific references In the end, they were not consistent.2 The protagonist, New York socialite Beret Osmundson, has specific experience she believes will allow her to assist the police in their investigations She therefore places herself in situations unusual for a woman of her social standing and for the times As a result, she has to be repeatedly rescued for her folly Osmundson ends up looking foolish It s like she s saying I ve been in similar situations before, despite your warning I can handle that oops, maybe not No, no, not that other one either Or the third complication, definitely not that one If she learned after the first failing, that would have been fine After that she looks like the Perils of Pauline.3 The resolution of the mystery was less than satisfying, and seemed, in my opinion, to rely on guesswork and wild confrontations rather than information gathering.Language I am a voracious reader and freelance writer I keep a dictionary next to my reading chair so that I can look up any unfamiliar words, and I delight in increasing my vocabulary Some of the words in the novel were not only so obscure that they weren t in my dictionary at least one required an online hunt They were not words that could be understood in context If a writer is going to use historic slang, she should include a glossary of terms.Characters I mentioned some of the protagonist s characters flaws under the story heading I also found the hero unbelievable and his attitude toward his co workers insulting Given the manner of death, the murderer was completely unbelievable I did not believe the murderer could have used the murder weapon in the manner described

  9. says:

    I wanted to like this book muchthan I did Well, actually I didn t like it much at all I ve loved so many of Sandra Dallas books, especially Prayers for Sale and The Diary of Mattie Spenser But the author s last 3 or 4 books just haven t been up to her usual standards, and they haven t excited me much, or been ones that I would recommend to anyone This book had potential, but gosh it was boring Every time Beret, sister of Lillie, the young woman who was murdered , kept walking blindl I wanted to like this book muchthan I did Well, actually I didn t like it much at all I ve loved so many of Sandra Dallas books, especially Prayers for Sale and The Diary of Mattie Spenser But the author s last 3 or 4 books just haven t been up to her usual standards, and they haven t excited me much, or been ones that I would recommend to anyone This book had potential, but gosh it was boring Every time Beret, sister of Lillie, the young woman who was murdered , kept walking blindly into one dangerous situation after another while trying to find her sister s killer, I would slap my head in disbelief How silly and clueless was this woman You don t go alone to an opium den in the seediest part of town and accuse the owner and his sidekick henchman of getting your sister hooked on cocaine or opium unless you re an idiot and want to get chloroformed, kidnapped, and sold into white slavery Which is what was about to happen until her aunt and uncle s coach driver broke down the back door and saved her But that didn t stop her Every time she focused on a new person she thought was the killer, she would rush off and confront them, alone of course, and only by sheer luck and someone being at the right place at the right time was she saved And the identity of the killer was so obvious, I m surprised they didn t have a big flashing sign above their head with an arrow pointing to them saying, IT WAS ME, IT WAS ME

  10. says:

    This historical fiction is set in Denver, Colorado in the 1885 and focuses on the murders of three prostitutes also known as the brides of the multitudes Sandra Dallas is from Colorado and clearly knows her Denver history She focuses on Larimer and Holladay Streets now called Market Street , Hop Alley, and Capitol Hill These are actual historical sites neighborhoods Dallas also researched the culture of prostitution white slavery and drug abuse that flourished at that time.The protagonist This historical fiction is set in Denver, Colorado in the 1885 and focuses on the murders of three prostitutes also known as the brides of the multitudes Sandra Dallas is from Colorado and clearly knows her Denver history She focuses on Larimer and Holladay Streets now called Market Street , Hop Alley, and Capitol Hill These are actual historical sites neighborhoods Dallas also researched the culture of prostitution white slavery and drug abuse that flourished at that time.The protagonist is Beret I never figured out if it was pronounced like the French cap or Barrett I called her Beret, like the cap She is the daughter of a family with a rags to riches story Her parents are deceased she is divorced from her husband, estranged from her sister, and is committed to assisting the poor in NYC and has set up a mission there However, she discovers that her sister Lillie has been murdered, and that murder occurred in a brothel in Denver Beret hastens to Denver to the home of her aunt and uncle to find out what happened They are wealthy, and her uncle is politicking to be appointed to the US Senate This is prior to the direct election of senators which occurred in the 1890 s There is great social pressure to mask Lillie s death so that it does not intrude on the senatorial plans.Beret is a strong woman, prim, understated, and not beautiful like her sister Beret insinuates herself in the police investigation, intent on discovering the murderer Detective Sergeant Mick McCauley is assigned to the case He is aloof, often gruff, and highly competent The two butt heads frequently, but they effectively push on with their quest.This is a good mystery story, a well researched historical fiction, and I enjoyed it very much Sadly, I learned a great deal about what it was like to be a prostitute in Denver in the 1880 s, from the high class brothels to the filthy cribs on the street The lifetime of a soiled dove lasted only 5 to 7 years, with many dying by suicide, violence, disease, or drug addition Some previous reviews appear not to have understood that this is historical fiction The characters live in their time period, not ours 1885 was well within the influence of the Victorian Era Women s roles were clearly defined Beret found herself in most unusual circumstances for a woman at the time her sister was murdered in a brothel as well as being a divorcee I found her reaction to these circumstances appropriate for a woman at that time.I recommend this book I have also read Tallgrass and the Last Midwife by Sandra Dallas and enjoyed them tremendously

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