“The Lost Girl of Astor Street” by Stephanie Morrill is a well-written novel about Chicago in the 1920’s. Prohibition, speakeasies, Mafia, Irish thugs, cops on the take, murders…you name it, this novel has it.
Piper Sails and Lydia LeVine are best friends, live on the same block, and know everything there is to know about each other. Piper’s dad is a lawyer, as are her two brothers. Piper is enthusiastically irresponsible and Lydia’s parents are not too fond of the fact that these two are fast friends. One night Lydia disappears while walking from Piper’s house to her home. No one can figure out what happened and Piper takes it upon herself to investigate. She enlists the help of a very handsome detective, who may or may not be what he seems. All of Chicago knows of, is related to, friends with, or enemies of the mob. Perhaps Lydia’s disappearance has something to do with the mob. Maybe she knows someone who knows something they shouldn’t. Piper is determined to find the answers and takes many risks with her own life.
This was a very engaging tale of the Chicago of the 20’s. The description of the homes, the clothing styles of the day, the mind sketch of Chicago itself was absorbing to read about. I enjoyed this novel and Ms. Morrill’s style of writing very much.
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