The Lost Girl of Astor Street
When Lydia DeVine goes missing, Piper Sail will not sit back and wait for the authorities to find her best friend. Yet, when Piper discovers clues to Lydia's possible whereabouts she must struggle through the corruption and dangers present in the streets of 1924 Chicago. With the help of her childhood friend, Walter, her neighbors and Detective Mariano Cassano, Piper will stop at nothing to find her friend.
"I fell in love with THE LOST GIRL OF ASTOR STREET because of its strong heroine and adorable romance, but it also kept me locked in with the mystery. If you have an interest in jazz or the 1920s I would definitely pick up this book...."
THE LOST GIRL OF ASTOR STREET by Stephanie Morrill was honestly a pleasant surprise. It is a combination of historical fiction, mystery and romance, which I loved. The mix of mystery and romance was perfectly balanced, and neither aspect was overbearing, so I never got bored with the story. On top of that, the book was written with 1920's dialogue and incorporated many reference to jazz and the Chicago mafia that made the book very interesting.
My favorite part of the book was definitely Piper because she was a strong, feminist character who to me seemed to want nothing radical, only equality, but when that was put into perspective of the time period it was evident how forward-minded she was. The book even begins with Piper shocked that a man would treat her with disrespect and take her chair, so right from the start the author created a strong heroine who I fell in love with. At times, Piper also reminded me of Audrey Rose from Kerri Maniscalco's STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, which was also a historical mystery, so if you have read that book I would definitely recommend this, as well.
I mainly picked this book up because I wanted to start reading more mysteries, but I have to say the romance really made the book for me. I thought it was adorable, and it never seemed unrealistic or overdone. Also, it seemed more original when it was surrounded by this new atmosphere of 1924 Chicago which was filled with jazz and the mafia. So, if you are looking for a romance, since it is February, I would definitely recommend this as something a little different than a typical contemporary.
Overall, I fell in love with THE LOST GIRL OF ASTOR STREET because of its strong heroine and adorable romance, but it also kept me locked in with the mystery. If you have an interest in jazz or the 1920s I would definitely pick up this book because the author incorporated the time period very well, and it was fun read.
Reviewed by Harleen K., Teen Board Member on February 13, 2017