“The Devil’s Dime”, by Bailey Bristol is a fast paced read that is at once suspenseful, historical and romantic. The novel takes place in 1896 New York and the author brings that time period to life with her prose.
Jess Pepper has just arrived in New York City from Colorado. He’s been hired as an investigative journalist for the New York Times. He finds his first investigative mission in a 20 year-old case file titled “The Samaritan Files”. It details 20 women who had been saved from the brink of death by a mystery man.
Addie Magee is a bright and talented young musician who is making a name for herself and her musical group, The Avalon Strings. Jess catches a performance by the group and is instantly smitten with her. As they get to know each other Jess learns that Addie and her long lost father are entwined in the story he’s investigating, along with corrupt police officials making their living on the ‘devil’s dime’. As the body count begins to rise and people disappear the suspense ratchets up.
This story had great characters; from Jess and Addie to Ford (Addie’s father) and Jess’ young protege, Tad. I loved Addie’s character the most. She was a strong willed, independent yet very feminine woman making her own way in the world.
I really appreciated the photos the author provided at the end of the book showing the different conveyances described in the book. If you enjoy historical fiction of this nature you’ll definitely enjoy “The Devil’s Dime”.