These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
To be published on October 27, 2015
Source: ARC for review from publisher
Plot Summary for These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
Josephine Montfort, an American aristocrat, lives a life of old-money ease. Not much is expected of her other than to look good and marry well.
But when her father dies due to an accidental gunshot, the gilding on Jo’s world starts to tarnish. With the help of a handsome and brash reporter, and a young medical student who moonlights in the city morgue, Jo uncovers the truth behind her father’s death and learns that if you’re going to bury the past, you’d better bury it deep.
Review of These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
To me, These Shallow Graves had a very different feel than Revolution -- it felt more like a mystery set in 1890 than a piece of historical fiction. But the blend does work well and if you're a fan of mysteries, of shows like Downton Abbey, and/or like your historical fiction on the lighter side, it's definitely a book you should check out.
I liked Jo as a protagonist. She's a sheltered rich girl living in New York City just before the turn of the century. Jo has to face the harsh realities of life when her father dies. When Jo decides that he's been murdered, she teams up with a young reporter to investigate and begins sneaking around the city at night.
I thought the mystery in this was well-constructed. The culprit was someone I suspected right away and then went back and forth on, but the story throws in a lot of red herrings and misdirection.
I'll be giving away a copy this Friday as part of Freebie Friday, so if you're interested in this, be sure to stop by!