I was sitting in the ballroom of the Omni Charlottesville this weekend, waiting to hear Laura Lippman speak to a crowd of eager readers, when a tweet showed up on my phone that nearly made me squeak with excitement: NPR Books reviewed GIRL IN DISGUISE! And they liked it!
I'll link to the review below, though be warned it does contain spoilers. If you want to stay spoiler-free, here are a few highlights:
Girl in Disguise, Macallister's sophomore effort, dives into case after case, convincing the reader as well as Pinkerton that Kate is an ace detective in this dangerous man's world.
Macallister writes in an author's note that history has left us mostly "blank spaces" for this pioneering criminologist. Such a situation can actually become a gift to a talented author, who knows how to fill in those spaces with deft imaginings, like Kate's con artist, thespian parents, who unknowingly provided the perfect childhood for a would-be spy.
With Kate, Macallister gives us a glimpse into a 19th century cloak and dagger world we may not have known existed.
They also called it "a sockdolager of a tale", explaining that sockdolager was "a popular term of praise of the time" -- so yes! It's a compliment! (I looked it up to make sure.)
And here's the whole thing -- read on if you dare!