Lily Long is an actress like her mother, and like her mother,who was killed by a lover, she has a problem with men. One night after a performance, she arrives back at the hotel where the troop is staying and finds her husband beating up her surrogate mother after stealing Lily's savings.
Furious that she's been treated this way, Lily wants to do something to help other women. When she sees an ad from the Pinkerton Agency looking for female detectives, she's determined to try to for the position. Unfortunately, the Pinkertons think she's too young. Undeterred, Lily comes up with a scheme to showcase her talents and prove to the agency that she would be a good operative.
Lily is a spirited lady who doesn't give up easily. The historical setting is accurate and the plot has several twists. The ending is difficult to guess. I enjoyed the novel. If you like a historical mystery novel that is more mystery than romance, this is a good choice. Although there is a romantic interest, there are no sex scenes. It's just a good read with the emphasis on plot.
I received this book from Net Galley for this review.