A Front Page Affair
In an effort to bring to my readers' attention, other books they might like, today I'm featuring Radha Vastal's A Front Page Affair.
Capability “Kitty” Weeks is nineteen, well traveled, well-off, and fresh out of Swiss boarding school.
She’s just returned to New York and started writing for the New York SentinelLadies’ Page. New York in 1915 is an exciting place. Everything—from cars and movies to culture and women’s roles in the workplace—is undergoing a sea change.
When Kitty is sent to the Sleepy Hollow Country Club to cover the Japanese Fireworks at a Fourth of July picnic, all anyone can talk about is the man who shot J.P. Morgan at his mansionand was pinned beneath the robber baron’s enormous bulk. That is, all anyone can talk about until a man is discovered murdered in the stables.
“Capability “Kitty” Weeks is a well-traveled, Swiss-educated young woman, living with her father and housekeeper in 1915 New York. She dreams of becoming a newspaper reporter but right now is stuck working for Mrs. Busby, editor of the Ladies’ Page at the New York Sentinel. When a gentleman is murdered at Mrs. Basshor’s annual Fourth of July picnic, which Kitty is covering, the young writer gets her chance for a big scoop. No one has much good to say about Hunter Cole, except his young widow, Aimee, a former burlesque dancer. Europe is at war, the United States is trying to remain neutral, and tycoon J.P. Morgan has just survived an assassination attempt. High society is on high alert. VERDICT This lively and well-researched debut introduces a charming historical series and an appealing fish-out-of-water sleuth who seeks independence and a career in an age when most women are bent on getting married, particularly to titled Englishmen. Devotees of Rhys Bowen’s mysteries will enjoy making the acquaintance of Miss Weeks.” —Library Journal (starred review), Debut of the Month
“A delightfully spunky heroine defies convention as an investigative reporter in this engaging historical mystery. The small factual details of New York life are gems.” —Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of the Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness mysteries
"Set in 1915 not long after the sinking of the Lusitania, Vatsal’s spirited debut introduces 19-year-old Capability “Kitty” Weeks, an aspiring journalist who works on the “Ladies’ Page” because that’s the only reporting job open to women at the New York Sentinel. Her first solo assignment takes Kitty north of the city to the Independence Day gala at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club. During the fireworks, someone fatally shoots socially prominent Hunter Cole in the stables. Deferring to her on-the-spot knowledge, her boss at the Sentinel allows Kitty to investigate. She discovers that Cole had chronic money problems, a wife with a seedy past, and mysterious links to a German diplomat. Meanwhile, she’s questioned by Secret Service agents about her affluent father, whose accounts of his background and business dealings apparently don’t add up. Vatsal deftly intertwines the tumult of the era, from emerging women’s rights to spreading international conflict, into this rich historical.” —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Radha Vatsal grew up in Mumbai, India, and came to the United States to attend boarding school when she was sixteen. Her fascination with the 1910s began when she studied women filmmakers and action-film heroines of silent cinema at Duke University, where she earned her PhD from the English department. Vatsal lives with her husband and two daughters in New York City. A Front Page Affair is her first novel.