Whispers in the Reading Room (#02 in The Chicago World's Fair Mystery Series)
Lydia's job at the library is her world-she never expected to be a suspect to a murder. And now she must rely on the one man she's not sure she can trust. Just months after the closure of the...
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Lydia's job at the library is her world-she never expected to be a suspect to a murder. And now she must rely on the one man she's not sure she can trust.
Just months after the closure of the Chicago World's Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does.
Only when he rescues her in the lobby of the Hartman Hotel does she discover that his name is Sebastian Marks. She also discovers that he lives at the top of the prestigious hotel and that most everyone in Chicago is intrigued by him.
Lydia and Sebastian form a fragile friendship, but when she discovers that Mr. Marks isn't merely a very wealthy gentleman, but also the proprietor of an infamous saloon and gambling club, she is shocked.
Lydia insists on visiting the club one fateful night and suddenly is a suspect to a murder. She must determine who she can trust, who is innocent, and if Sebastian Marks-the man so many people fear-is actually everything her heart believes him to be.
"Shelley Gray writes a well-paced story full of historical detail that will invite you into the romance, the glamour ... and the mystery surrounding the Chicago World's Fair." -Colleen Coble, USA Today bestselling author of Rosemary Cottage and the Hope Beach series
The Chicago World Fair Mystery series Book 1-Secrets of Sloane House Book 2-Deception on Sable Hill Book 3-Whispers in the Reading Room Book length: 86,000 words Includes discussion questions for book clubs
Shelley Shephard Gray earned a bachelor's and master's degree in education. Before becoming a full time writer, she taught elementary school in Texas, Arizona, and Colorado. She started writing about the Amish because their way of life appealed to her and she wanted to write stories about regular people in extraordinary situations. Her works include the Sisters of the Heart series, Seasons of Sugarcreek series, The Families of Honor series, Heart of a Hero series, and Secrets of Crittenden County series.