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Ebook Details
  • 03/2021
  • 978-0-9977511-5-4
  • 440 pages
  • $9.99
Paperback Details
  • 03/2021
  • 9781955072014
  • 440 pages
  • $16.99
Bridget Finnegan
Author, Illustrator, Service Provider
Odette's: A Quality Men's Club
It’s been five years since investigator Jessamyn Jakes left her life as a prostitute to start her detective agency, J. Jakes Discrete Investigations. When Suzanne—her former lover and fellow prostitute—goes missing, Jess is drawn into a mystery that goes beyond the raunchy, shipbuilding town that was 1854 Portsmouth—all the way from the antebellum south to the Isles of Shoals. Together with her adopted daughter Sarah, Jessamyn unravels Suzanne’s disappearance all while uncovering other mysteries along the way. Surprising plot twists and endearing characters make this debut novel a must-read.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.50 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Finnegan’s novel is well plotted, action packed, and furiously paced. The storyline is smooth and uncluttered, despite multiple mysteries and characters.

Prose: Finnegan’s prose is strong and poetic throughout the novel. She effortlessly places readers alongside her heroines. Finnegan’s inventive language, particularly when referring to sexual matters, feels fresh and witty.

Originality: Readers will most likely not have read a book set in the 1800s and featuring a protagonist who is a former sex worker-turned-detective. It’s a surprising concept and one that is extremely well executed.

Character/Execution: Readers will root for the numerous great leads in this novel. Jessamyn, Sarah, and Maryanne are all strong, well-developed characters who help bring the story to resolution. Convincing villains and strong secondary characters round out the cast.

Date Submitted: August 24, 2020

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 03/2021
  • 978-0-9977511-5-4
  • 440 pages
  • $9.99
Paperback Details
  • 03/2021
  • 9781955072014
  • 440 pages
  • $16.99

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