Fallen Women

Fallen Women

Book - 2013
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It's the spring of 1885 when wealthy New York socialite Beret Osmundsen first sets foot in a Denver police station. Just days before, she received the terrible news of the death of her estranged younger sister, Lillie. The telegram from her aunt and uncle was brief, stating only that Lillie had passed away suddenly and there was no need for Beret to make the long trip west. Soon, a sordid story is revealed when Beret comes across a scandal sheet with the details of a brutal murder of a prostitute named 'Lillie Brown' in the brothel where she lived. Upon a closer read, Beret becomes convinced that 'Lillie Brown' was in fact her sister, and her murderer has not been caught. Her investigation takes her from the dangerous, seedy underworld of Denver's tenderloin to the highest levels of Denver society. Along the way, Beret learns the depths of Lillie's depravity and must reconcile these with her memories of the innocent young girl of their youth, all while never losing site of finding the murderer. With the help of detective Mick McCauley, Beret ultimately unearths the truth about the sister she couldn't save and exposes the darkest side of Gilded Age ambition in the city in the process"
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©2013.
ISBN: 9781250030931
Characteristics: 344 pages ;,22 cm

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GillyGal Oct 21, 2017

I always look forward to reading a Sandra Dallas book. As Beret investigates the murder of her sister, we learn about Denver in the 1880's, society snobs, drug dealings and family dynamics. I found the mystery intriguing. Well done!

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wiredonjava
Mar 20, 2014

Great story telling. Usually not a mystery reader but Sandra Dallas is an awesome writer with believable characters. PUTTING MORE OF HER BOOKS ON HOLD NOW!

LaughingOne Dec 29, 2013

Another excellent novel from Sandra Dallas. She finds something interesting historically, usually related to women, and develops a strong story that is compelling to me the reader. As I have lived in Denver, I found this on especially interesting. Beret is someone I would have liked to have known.

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jazpur
Dec 05, 2013

Sandra Dallas is the best of the writers of this genre of historical fiction. Right from The Persian Pickle Club and The Quilt That Walked to Golden, I have enjoyed her writing. Fallen Women lived up to my expectations.It is an insightful view of the life and times.

paulette4317 Oct 30, 2013

I've always like this author and she really comes through again with an outstanding story. Great read; couldn't put it down.

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