“Murder Between the Lines” by Radha Vatsal

Capability Weeks is at it again.  “Murder Between the Lines” by Radha Vatsal continues the saga of Kitty Weeks, intrepid reporter for the New York Sentinel Ladies’ Page.  This time Kitty is sent to gather information on the girls’ school Westfield.  The school-that is Ms. Howe-Jones, prides itself on its students entering higher education in schools such as Barnard, Radcliffe and Bryn Mawr.  Anything that would compromise this tradition would not be favorably received.

Elspeth Bright is a very intellectual student at this school, ready to graduate and with a highly ambitious attitude.  Something that Ms. Bright says causes interest in Kitty Weeks.  She anticipates meeting Elspeth sometime over the Christmas holidays.  However, before that can happen, Elspeth is found frozen to death not far from her home, a supposed victim of somnambulism, or sleep-walking.  Kitty, of course decides that she needs to look into all circumstances surrounding this death.

During this time, before America’s advent into WW I, many types of defense goods are being tested.  There is some concern that an invention by Thomas Edison is faulty and has caused accidents and death.  Does this have anything to do with Elspeth’s death?  Many scenarios are contrived and investigated by Kitty.  Is this the result of treason, or someone’s needing to secure Elspeth’s silence?

This is the second book by Ms. Vatsal that I have read.  I enjoyed it as much as I did the first one.


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