Imagine, opening your mail and find that you have been invited to a masquerade ball at Alva Vanderbilt's home, the creme de la creme of society. You are a women's page writer for the New York Sun and this invitation allows you access to the inner workings of her home and to see all of the Knickerbockers while also allowing you to gain tasty tidbits of society gossip for your column.
Such was the case for Miss Permilia Griswold, who wrote under the pen name of Miss Quill. Her writing allowed those not at the party to feel as if they'd been there and seen the people. Permilia talked about the gowns the ladies wore, the escorts they had, the dances they danced, but left out salacious details of the evening.
Leaving out the salacious details is what got Miss Quill fired from her job at the New York Sun, but that was secondary to the murder plot Permilia accidently overheard. Jen Turano writes novels that exude humor and delight and that entertain the reader from page one to the last page. Behind the Scenes is one such novel. Permilia has been handicapped by her step-mother and her step-sister who live for drama, making the right impressions and being seen in the right company always.
I didn't realize that Jen had chosen "Permilia" as her heroine's name, I'd only heard of this name one other time--in researching my family tree, one of the great-great-grandmother's had this name, and her mother was Parmilia. I adore Jen Turano's writings because of her humor and settings. Her characters are more than just the fluffy, air-headed society debutantes. This is a five-star book, two thumbs up, and a dress that doesn't look like a chicken molted all over it.
My thanks to Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book.