“A Dangerous Legacy” by Elizabeth Camden

Elizabeth Camden has written a book that touched my heart.  “A Dangerous Legacy” is a book about the plumbing systems in New York in the early 1900’s.  The theme of this book was a surprise because I do not know of anyone who has written a historical romance centering around water, pipes and plumbing.  Lucy and Nick Drake’s family has been involved in a lawsuit with their uncle for over 40 years.  It concerns the greed of the uncle who appropriated the valve that Lucy’s and Nick’s grandfather had invented.  This valve made the building of skyscrapers a reality because water could be pumped to the higher floors.  Lucy and Nick wanted that valve to be available to even the poorer of New York.  However the uncle, a Saratoga Drake, was selling the item for an obscene profit and was also trying to get rid of the Manhattan Drakes.

Mick worked for the Water Authority in New York in the underground sewer system, while Lucy was a telegrapher for the AP news agency.  AP is in competition with Reuters, a British news agency and they share space in the same building.  Sir Bolin Beckwith has been sent to America to head the Reuters agency.  Lucy and Colin become aware of a plot to assassinate the president, Theodore Roosevelt and find that it involves the Saratoga Drakes.  The situations that arise from this knowledge and subsequent investigation are an exciting read.

I was very interested in this book because my father, grandfather and great-grandfather were plumbers in my home town.  My great-grandfather actually invented the pumping system for that town.  I just never thought I would be reading an historical novel about plumbing.

I received a complimentary print review copy of this book from Bethany House publishers in return for posting a review.


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