Leslie Nottingham (DecArts on QT) has signed with agent Kathleen Rushall of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
Dear (Agent’s Name),
Sixteen-year-old Alice Pinkerton is in to fashion, music, dancing . . . and murder. She can't help it, it's in her blood. She is, after all, the daughter of Allan Pinkerton, the world's most famous detective and head of the Pinkerton Agency.
Recently returned to Chicago from Mrs. Gibb’s Finishing School for Fine Young Ladies, Alice is determined to be everything a lady in 1871 should be. No more slipping Pinkerton case files under her shawl for a midnight read, no more eavesdropping on her Pa’s visitors, and certainly no more accusing her brothers' friends of forgery (even if she was right). She's focused on paying calls, pouring tea, and preparing for the society event of the season, the Palmer Ball.
When her best friend's maid asks her to look into the death of her sister, Alice steps aside and turns the request over to her brother who works with their father at Pinkerton Agency. The police quickly rule Maggie O'Dowd's death a suicide and her brother agrees. But when Alice sees the body with its bruised wrists and broken fingernails, she doubts if her brother or the police even bothered to look.
Haunted by the face of Maggie O'Dowd, a face that's so similar it's like looking in a mirror, Alice finds herself drawn back to her old habits. Her best friend begs her to leave it alone. Her family would disown her if they found out. Her place in society would be lost if she were caught. But can she let a killer go free? With the Palmer Ball right around the corner and a murderer on the loose, not everything in Chicago society is what it seems.
ALICE PINKERTON is a YA Historical Mystery and is complete at 82,000 words. ALICE is best described as a 19th century Veronica Mars/Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and would appeal to readers who enjoyed A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood.