Praise for Woman 99:

“Macallister follows up The Magician’s Lie with a novel of the power of sisterhood, shining a spotlight on the barbaric treatment of the mentally ill in this period as well as society’s view of women who don’t fit the “traditional” mold. Readers will become engrossed in Charlotte’s journey of self-discovery as she fights to free herself and her sister from a rigged system.”– Library Journal (Editor’s Pick)

“In Macallister’s spellbinding novel, set in 1888, a San Francisco society woman discovers horrifying treatment of patients after getting herself admitted to an asylum with hopes of freeing her sister. … Though Charlotte narrates, Macallister also gives voice to a motley crew of women who, at the mercy of male whims, hide multitudes. Charlotte’s commitment to rescuing her sister is emotionally resonant, and the grim realities of institutionalization in the 1800s offer heft. Macallister sensitively and adroitly portrays mental illness in an era when it was just beginning to be understood, while weaving a riveting tale of loyalty, love, and sacrifice.”– Publishers Weekly

“Exploring sisterhood, trauma, and the power of shared experience, Woman 99 is an undercover glimpse inside a late nineteenth-century treatment facility. Macallister fearlessly probes the dark corners of the era, exposing barbaric treatments and backward thinking surrounding mental illness. Fans of Yara Zgheib's The Girls at 17 Swann Street (2019) and the novels of Anne Tyler will appreciate Macallister's strong narrative style.” – Booklist

“A gripping story that exposes the Gilded Age’s tarnished veneer, when women who didn’t acquiesce to the standards of the day were locked away. Powerful and electrifying, Macallister is at the top of her game.” – Fiona Davis, bestselling author of The Masterpiece and The Address

"WOMAN 99 is a gorgeous ode to the power of female courage. A resourceful Gilded Age heiress feigns madness and inveigles herself into an insane asylum, determined at all costs to rescue her fragile, unjustly committed sister, only to realize the horrors of the madhouse may keep them both prisoner forever. But when alliances are forged among the asylum women, many of whom are jailed because they are inconvenient rather than insane, all things become possible--even escape. Greer Macallister pens a nail-biter that makes you want to stand up and cheer." – Kate Quinn, NYT bestselling author of The Alice Network and The Huntress

Macallister’s mastery of historical fiction is on full display in WOMAN 99. Her incisive voice brings a dark chapter of our past to life with unsettling contemporary resonance.” – Julia Whelan, author of My Oxford Year 

“Greer Macallister’s characters never fail to leap off the page into your very soul; you can’t help loving them, rooting for them, agonizing with them over the choices they must make. WOMAN 99 is richly and expertly woven with chilling historical details – you won’t soon forget what it was like to be behind the locked doors of Goldengrove Asylum on a mission to save someone you love.” – Susan Meissner, bestselling author of As Bright As Heaven

Praise for Girl In Disguise:

"Macallister (The Magician’s Lie) pens an exciting, well-crafted historical novel featuring Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective in 1856 Chicago.... Loaded with suspense and action, this is a well-told, superb story." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Macallister’s story is a rip-roaring, fast-paced treat to read, with compelling characters, twisted villains, and mounds of historical details adeptly woven into the tale of a courageous woman who loves her job more than anything or anyone else." -- Booklist

"Macallister follows up The Magician’s Lie with another stellar historical novel featuring a fierce female lead... From Chicago’s mean streets to the battle lines of the Civil War, Kate’s dangerous journey is a never-ending thrill ride. Macallister’s masterly storytelling brings her characters to life, and the skillfully handled suspense never wavers. Inspired by true events, this is a sure crowd-pleaser for lovers of historical fiction and chilling plot lines." -- Library Journal

"Vastly entertaining... Steeped in the details of the period, GIRL IN DISGUISE is an entertaining ride as well as an homage to a brilliant woman who found and seized her chance at a life full of adventure and purpose." -- BookPage

"A mesmerizing journey into a fascinating time in history and an even more intriguing personality in the form of America’s first female private detective. Fortunately for us, Macallister has a knack for taking readers with her into a vast world of vivid, exciting imagination. Don’t miss this one." --

"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. Kate gets better as she goes — and so does the book....With Kate, Macallister gives us a glimpse into a 19th century cloak and dagger world we may not have known existed." -- NPR

"Readers who enjoy historical events told from the point of view of an engaging character will be well-served by GIRL IN DISGUISE.... [Kate's] story is undoubtedly fascinating. Kate’s voice is fresh and compelling, and therefore, overall, this is a very well-written and enjoyable novel." -- Historical Novel Society

"Greer Macallister brings the original Miss Pinkerton roaring back to life in this electrifying tale. GIRL IN DISGUISE is a rollicking nineteenth-century thrill ride, complete with clever disguises and coded messages, foiled plots and hidden agendas, lies, indiscretion, and forbidden love.  Kate Warne is a scrappy, tough-as-nails detective who did a man's job for the first time in American history. She lives and breathes again in this riveting novel." -- Amy Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of Girl Waits with Gun

“With cunning, guile, and a dash of desperation, Kate Warne charms her way into the old boys’ club of a mid-19th-century Chicago detective agency and soon finds herself catapulted into a world of spies, rogues, and double-crossers. As she dons and sheds all manner of disguises, Kate discovers that she has a knack for subterfuge — and more than that, she likes it.  Inspired by a real-life story, Greer Macallister has created a fast-paced, lively tale of intrigue and deception, with a heroine at its center so appealingly complicated that she leaps off the page.” -- Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train

If you love historical fiction, you’re going to devour GIRL IN DISGUISE. The time, the place, the girl – this book takes you on a thrill ride with the first female detective, making her way by pluck and luck through the seedy streets of 19th century Chicago, finding her place in a male-dominated world.”  -- Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue

"All hail a mighty woman in a man's world! Greer Macallister aims her pen at Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective, and hits the mark with this rousing, action-packed adventure. A book that brings to light a commanding and little-known contribution to American history." — Sarah McCoy, New York Times and international bestselling author of The Mapmaker's Children

"GIRL IN DISGUISE cleverly unearths the story of Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective. Fast-paced, subversive, and with rich prose, it's everything an historical mystery should be. In the end it will leave you stunned. And then you will want to read everything else Greer Macallister has ever written." -- Ariel Lawhon, author of Flight of Dreams

"From the underbelly of Chicago to the front lines of the Civil War, GIRL IN DISGUISE crackles with spirit, and the trailblazing Kate Warne is a character I would follow anywhere. In Macallister’s confident hands, this novel is packed full of adventure, moxie, and heart. I dare you not to get hooked." -- Rae Meadows, author of I Will Send Rain and Mercy Train

"Macallister is becoming a leading voice in strong, female-driven historical fiction. Exciting, frightening, and unspeakably moving, GIRL IN DISGUISE reveals what one courageous woman endures to enact justice in a nation at war, and change the course of history." --Erika Robuck, National bestselling author of Hemingway's Girl

"I was absolutely ensnared by GIRL IN DISGUISE, Greer Macallister’s unflinching investigation of what it means to be true to yourself while living a life of deception. Mysterious Kate Warne, who fought perception to become the first female Pinkerton detective, is just the kind of courageous, ingenious, fierce character I love. I could not stop turning pages as she dons disguises, tells lies, rubs shoulders with lady spies, hardened criminals, double agents, and President Lincoln, and manages to uncover the truth—not just about the crimes she investigates, but her own heart. Chock full of fascinating ripped-from-the-headlines period details and intriguing historical personages, I drank this book down in a single shot." - Erin Lindsay McCabe, USA Today bestselling author of I Shall Be Near To You



Praise for The Magician's Lie:

"Smart and intricately plotted... a richly imagined thriller." -- People Magazine

“[A] well-paced, evocative, and adventurous historical novel… top-notch.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"More bewitching than a crackling fire." --

"Macallister, like the Amazing Arden, mesmerizes her audience. No sleight of hand is necessary. An ambitious heroine and a captivating tale are all the magic she needs." -- Washington Post

"Macallister is as much of a magician as her subject, misdirecting and enchanting while ultimately leaving her audience satisfied with a grand finale." -- Columbus Dispatch

"Greer Macallister's haunting first novel is a compelling mystery.... [her] painstaking descriptions of the costumes, technique and trickery involved in Ada’s work as an illusionist are unparalleled." -- BookPage review

"And for its next trick, the novel 'The Magician’s Lie' by Greer Macallister just might become a hit." -- The Christian Science Monitor

"Combined, the two points of view reveal magic and illusion, romance and lost loves, murder and intrigue, and Macallister captures the whimsy and wonder of the traveling magic shows of the 20th century with stunning detail." -- Shelf Awareness

"Like her heroine the Amazing Arden, Greer Macallister has created a blend of magic that is sure to delight her audience. THE MAGICIAN'S LIE is a rich tale of heart-stopping plot turns, glittering prose, and a cast of complex, compelling characters. Reader beware: those who enter Macallister's delicious world of magic and mystery won't wish to leave!" -- Allison Pataki, NYT bestselling author of The Traitor's Wife

"A suspenseful and well-researched tale of magic, secrets and betrayal that will keep you guessing until the end." -- J. Courtney Sullivan, NYT bestselling author of The Engagements, Commencement and Maine

"THE MAGICIAN'S LIE is riveting, compelling, beautiful, frightening, evocative and above all magical. Don't miss this immersive novel of suspense and wonder from an exciting new voice in historical fiction!" -- International Bestseller M.J. Rose

“A riveting read with suspenseful turns, THE MAGICIAN'S LIE takes you on an engaging and atmospheric journey through storytelling and illusion. Greer draws on raw emotion and leaves you questioning just how much is left behind the curtain." —Sarah Jio, New York Times bestselling author of Goodnight June and Blackberry Winter

“Greer Macallister handles the reader with the command and brilliance of a world class ringmaster. THE MAGICIAN’S LIE is a mesmerizing novel of illusion, secrets, and suspense. Bravo!”  -- Erika Robuck, author of Fallen Beauty and Call Me Zelda

"Greer Macallister's novel will surely capture the imagination of all readers waiting impatiently for the next WATER FOR ELEPHANTS. She hits the nail on its head as surely as she captures the turn-of-the-century audiences of traveling magic shows. No spoilers here, but know that the conclusion of this book is gripping and exciting. Macallister writes with the poise of an experienced author with intense character development, spot-on historical references, and page-turning action.  Write on, Greer Macallister!” -- Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault (Oskaloosa, IA)

"A little taste of THE NIGHT CIRCUS, and little salt of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, THE MAGICIAN'S LIEby Greer Macallister is a wonderful combination of magic, vaudeville and the drama of a secret life of Arden. Is her story real, or an illusion? Are her magic acts true, or a magician's lie? Will the small town cop believe her, or send her away for the murder of her husband?  Will you know what really happened at the end of A MAGICIAN'S LIE? One will have to read this fabulous and carefully crafted novel to find out, and you must."  -- Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books (Mystic, CT)

"In THE MAGICIAN'S LIE, Greer Macallister has created a rich tapestry of mystery, magic, and lost love. The novel drew me in with its lush details and edge-of-your-seat plot. The tale of the tragic Amazing Arden, a female magician, will have you questioning how the truth of a tale can be different than the material facts, and how what you feel can be stronger than the soundest logic." -- Margaret Dilloway, author of How to Be an American Housewife and The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns

"In her historical fiction debut, Macallister… has created a captivating world of enchantment and mystery that readers will be loath to leave." -- Library Journal review

“Recommended to anyone who likes historical fiction, strong women characters, and surprisingly twisty plots.” -- Paula Jones, Brockton Public Library, Brockton, MA (LibraryReads January 2015 recommendation)