I don’t remember the title of the first book in which I encountered a Pinkerton’s detective, but I was smitten from the start. For years I harbored a secret desire to become a detective. Even now, when there is a mystery to be solved at school (Who’s handwriting is that on the bathroom wall?) I love to try to solve the mystery.
Thanks you, Kate Hannigan, for bringing us The Detective’s Assistant in which a plucky young girl gets to work with the Pinkertons.
Publisher’s Summary: Eleven-year-old Nell Warne arrives on her aunt’s doorstep lugging a heavy sack of sorrows. If her Aunt Kate rejects her, it’s the miserable Home for the Friendless.
Luckily, canny Nell makes herself indispensable to Aunt Kate…and not just by helping out with household chores. For Aunt Kate is the first-ever female detective employed by the legendary Pinkerton Detective Agency. And Nell has a knack for the kind of close listening and bold action that made Pinkerton detectives famous in Civil War-era America. With huge, nation-changing events simmering in the background, Nell uses skills new and old to uncover truths about her past and solve mysteries in the present.
Based on the extraordinary true story of Kate Warne, this fast-paced adventure recounts feats of daring and danger…including saving the life of Abraham Lincoln!
Although none of the events in the book could really have happened to an 11-year-old girl at that time, Nell’s plucky voice let this reader suspend her disbelief and indulge her childhood fantasies.