Stella Westergaard wants to find out who killed her sister, Gwendolyn, because she knows Gwendolyn did not commit suicide. So Stella is working in City Hall as a stenographer. She's compiling a list of people who fit the initials from several of her sister's letters to see if she can find an ally in determining who killed her sister, and where the graft is in City Hall.
Romulus White owns a scientific magazine and he wants Stella as an artist for the magazine. In an effort to lure Stella away from City Hall, he sends her letters inviting her to come and illustrate for him.
Elizabeth Camden has such a distinctive writing style, her subject matter is well researched, her settings are impeccable, and her characters are not to be missed. Stella has such wit and sass, Romulus is her complement--correcting her manners, guiding her through the upper echelons of Boston city government and helping her solve her mystery. While romance isn't the cornerstone of the plot, it does play a part. The true cornerstone is Gwendolyn's death and the cover-up--the corruption in City Hall.
This is a solid four star book. I liked the book quite well, but I just didn't love it.
My thanks to Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book.