Publication Date: February 21, 2019
eBook & Paperback; 339 Pages
Series: Bootleggers’ Chronicles Series, Book One
Genre: Historical Fiction/Crime/Women's Fiction
In a city of bootleggers and crime, one woman must rely on a long-dead lawman to hunt down justice… Philadelphia, 1924. Maggie Barnes doesn’t have much left. After the death of her husband, she finds herself all alone to care for her young son and look after their rundown house. As if that weren’t bad enough, Prohibition has turned her neighborhood into a bootlegger’s playground. To keep the shoddy roof over their heads, she has no choice but to take on boarders with questionable ties… When her son’s friend disappears, Maggie suspects the worst. And local politicians and police don’t seem to have any interest in an investigation. With a child’s life on the line, Maggie takes the case and risks angering the enemy living right under her nose… Maggie’s one advantage may be her new found friend: the ghost of a Victorian-era cop. With his help, can she find justice in a lawless city? Innocence Lost is the first novel in the Bootleggers’ Chronicles, a series of historical fiction tales. If you like headstrong heroines, Prohibition-era criminal underworlds, and just a touch of the paranormal, then you’ll love Sherilyn Decter’s gripping tale.
What forces a single mother of a young child to become a business woman? To open her home to strangers? Money? Security? Stubbornness? Pride? Or is it an inner drive, perhaps not even acknowledged, to enter the world of commerce? Setting up shop as a landlady. For Peggy, it is all of those and more.
In the 1920s, women are becoming resourceful, discovering new confidence. Peggy’s plans exceed her address. It scares her and excites her. Without her vision and ingenuity, it would be easy to drift back to the privileged life she had run from. She is caught between the proverbial rock and hard place, her mother being the Rock of Gibraltar.
The parade begins promptly at two. Peggy meets each potential lodger in her living room, its formality setting the proper tone.
Peggy loves this room. It is cool and serene, with as much elegance as she and Jack could afford. From the gold-striped Empire couch that her mother had grudgingly given her, to the mantle with its shiny brass carriage clock that sits beside the framed photo of she and Jack on their wedding day, the living room is a showpiece for Peggy’s aspirations. The fact that the furniture is strategically placed over the worn spots of a threadbare Aubusson rug is something she deliberately pushes from her mind.
Peggy sits stiffly. Throughout the afternoon, she has been conscious of not letting her spine touch the back of the chair. It was the way she was raised. It’s important to her that the applicants understand what kind of house they might be living in, and the expectations she will have of any occupant.
To make ends meet, she needs three lodgers, but most of the applicants she’s interviewed are too coarse or too loud. Worse, one leered in a manner suggesting he’d want more than room and board in the arrangement.
She rejects a trolley car driver, two mill workers, and a pastor. She’s accepted a bookkeeper and a teacher; good influences on Tommy, not to mention their steady income providing on-time rent payments. Two down, one to go. One last chance to get this right. My kingdom for another schoolteacher.
The last applicant is a young police officer. There is a scrubbed earnestness in his sharply pressed uniform; a sense of pride in the way he holds his cap. Yet, Peggy hesitates, considering whether it’s wise to open her home to someone in the thick of the violence and mayhem that’s developing in the city. Her mother has always warned her about inviting trouble to her door. Oh, why couldn’t you have been an English teacher, Mr. Policeman?
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