Innocence Lost by Sherilyn Decter
Publication Date: February 21, 2019
eBook & Paperback; 339 Pages
Series: Bootleggers’ Chronicles Series, Book One
Genre: Historical Fiction/Crime/Women’s Fiction
In a city of bootleggers and crime, one woman must rely on a long-dead lawman to hunt down justice…
Philadelphia, 1924. Maggie Barnes doesn’t have much left. After the death of her husband, she finds herself all alone to care for her young son and look after their rundown house. As if that weren’t bad enough, Prohibition has turned her neighborhood into a bootlegger’s playground. To keep the shoddy roof over their heads, she has no choice but to take on boarders with questionable ties…
When her son’s friend disappears, Maggie suspects the worst. And local politicians and police don’t seem to have any interest in an investigation. With a child’s life on the line, Maggie takes the case and risks angering the enemy living right under her nose…
Maggie’s one advantage may be her new found friend: the ghost of a Victorian-era cop. With his help, can she find justice in a lawless city?
Innocence Lost is the first novel in the Bootleggers’ Chronicles, a series of historical fiction tales. If you like headstrong heroines, Prohibition-era criminal underworlds, and just a touch of the paranormal, then you’ll love Sherilyn Decter’s gripping tale.
My Review: This book was such a fun read! I have been so excited to tell you about Innocence Lost. I mentioned to you recently that I have been getting into mystery novels, lately. Which has taken me down a rabbit trail of new and awesome novels. Lately too, I have found myself pulled towards ghostly novels. Not horror stories, mind you. Those aren’t my thing. But good ole’ fashion ghost stories.
Can you imagine the thrill (and major desire to tell y’all about it immediately?!) when I discovered that Innocence Lost has both??
Yep. Both. (enter annoyingly high-pitched squeal, here.)
The novel is set in Philadelphia, smack in the middle of the Prohibition. Maggie is a widow with a young son, trying her best to upkeep their less-than-stellar home in a bootlegger neighborhood. When her son’s best friend goes missing, she finds herself in situations that stretch her beyond her comfort zone.
Now, let me tell you right away that at first I could not. stand. Maggie. At first. I wanted her to be this strong, capable woman (which she was), but she was such a…well, to keep this post family-friendly, we’ll just use the word “snob.” It is a sign of a magnificent author, by the way, to be able to evoke emotions towards their characters. And I definitely had some emotions towards Maggie. But then, she started stepping out of her little box a bit; meeting her neighbors, taking on boarders, and joining forces with quite the ghostly detective. Then I started to see a side of Maggie that I thoroughly enjoyed and rooted for. Y’all, I could not put this book down! And I am so, so happy that it is only Book 1 in “The Bootleggers’ Chronicles,” because I need more.
A definite recommend!
About the Author
Sherilyn Decter is a writer, researcher, and lover of historical fiction. Her work is set in the Roaring Twenties and if you like feisty and determined heroines, complex cover-ups, Prohibition stories about criminal underworlds, police and political corruption, then you’re going to love Sherilyn’s grand gangster tales.
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