The Devil's Dime

The Samaritan Files, #1

THE DEVIL'S DIME by Bailey Bristol is a richly crafted historical romance, with well-drawn characters, a suspenseful plot and so much historical detail that 19th century New York comes to life on the page. The setting and time period are lovingly described. Bristol also takes her time developing her various characters and the conflicts of the novel. The result is not a light read, but a story to savor, one that any lover of historical romance can take their time with and sink their teeth into.

The investigate journalist hero, Jess Pepper, and violinist heroine, Adelaide Magee, are strong, interesting characters, each with flaws, yet with the strength to see them through the story’s suspenseful plot. Their attraction to each other is instant, thought their romance evolves a bit more slowly, with clever banter and opportunities to learn to trust and rely on each other.

THE DEVIL'S DIME is the first book in Baily Bristol’s Samartian Files and I am now looking forward to the second installment. If it it’s anything like this novel, I look forward to a great cast of intriguing characters and plenty of historical atmosphere.

Book Blurb for The Devil's Dime

She is a beautiful, talented violinist. He is a crusader against crime, using his newspaper column to expose injustice and bring down those who lived on the devil's dime. Now, in 1896 New York City, corruption and greed bring Addie and Jess to the brink of terror when his column puts an unwitting target on her father's back, and Jess must discover not only who wants this good man dead, but how to save the woman who has captured his heart.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2012 4.00