Deception on Sable Hill

Shelley Gray

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Plot Development:  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8    10

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Quality of Writing: 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8    10

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Ease of Reading: 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  ⑩

Publication Date: 2015

Number of Pages: 322

Series: A Chicago World's Fair Mystery-Book 2



Summary on back cover:

It’s mid-September 1893 and Eloisa Carstairs is the reigning debutant of Gilded Age Chicago society. To outsiders she appears to have it all. But Eloisa is living with a dark secret. Several months ago, she endured a horrible assault at the hands of Douglass Sloane, heir to one of Chicago’s wealthiest families. Fearing the loss of her reputation, Eloisa confided in only one friend. That is, until she meets Detective Sean Ryan at a high-society ball.

Sean is on the fringes of the Chicago elite. Born into a poor Irish family, becoming a policeman was his best chance to ensure security. Despite social boundaries, he is enamored with Eloisa Carstairs. Sean will do anything to keep her safe—even if he can never earn her affections.

Eloisa longs to feel normal again, but a killer is on the loose. In the last month, three debutants have been accosted by an assailant wielding a knife, and Eloisa fears for her safety at every event she attends. As the danger in the city increases, and as the romance between Eloisa and Sean blossoms, they both realize they want to be seen as more than how the world views them. But will they catch the killer before all their hopes come crashing down?




After reading Secrets of Sloane House I was really looking forward to reading the second one in the Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series.  This book definitely exceeded my expectations. If you read the first one, you will be familiar with the character Eloisa Carstairs. I think this helped tremendously with the character development of her in this book.  The characters were also very life-like and relatable.  Sometimes it’s frustrating to read about a young lady who is perfect, flawless, because no one would ever measure up to that expectation.


Also, behind good character development is good writing.  To my knowledge, Shelley Gray is an accomplished and veteran writer and it really showed though in this book.


Similar to the first one in this series, there was little talk or mention of God in this book. By no means did this book have anything inappropriate, but I don’t ever recall Eloisa saying that she was a Christian.  I may be wrong, and if so I do apologize.


I can’t leave out the mystery aspect of this book. It was very well done. With twist and turns this book will leave you breathless until the very last page. Do to some events in this book I would not recommend this book for anyone younger than 15 years of age but perhaps more mature readers.


I enjoyed Secrets of Sloane House, but I loved Deception on Sable Hill. Hope you will too!


God Bless,



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