Scandal in the Secret City

Scandal in the Secret City

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Libby Clark is working as a scientist at a top secret WWII government research facility when she begins to suspect that not all is as it seems there, and after a dead body is discovered, Libby begin her own investigation into the crime.

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From the author of the Lucinda Pierce series, comes a thrilling new mystery, set during the Second World War . . .

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, otherwise known as the Secret City, rose seemingly overnight in 1942, built by the US Government. No one was quite sure what its purpose was or where it came from, but there was certainly something going on . . .

Libby Clark, a gutsy Bryn Mawr graduate, is determined to find her place as a scientist in a world where women are thought better suited to housework and marriage. As the only female scientist in the top secret facility, Libby is excited to begin what she believes is important government research.

She soon begins to suspect, however, that not all is as it seems. And to make matters worse, one frosty night she discovers the dead body of her roommate’s sister sprawled behind the bleachers. No one else seems to think finding the killer is important and it’s up to Libby to make sense of the situation. Aided by a band of like-minded scientists, Libby follows every possible lead until she comes to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.
As the only female scientist in a top secret WW2 facility, Libby Clark is excited to begin what she believes is important government research. However, one night she discovers a dead body sprawled behind the bleachers and realizes all is not what it seems and that she must follow every possible lead to the shocking and unexpected conclusion.

Publisher: Sutton : Severn House, c2014
ISBN: 9780727884046
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY FAN
Characteristics: 252 p. ;,23 cm.


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Dec 31, 2016

An interesting historical setting. Fanning manages to build a good plot line, but doesn't do much to develop the heroine/narrator, whose confrontational and near-hysterical reactions to friends and foe alike gets annoying. It's just impossible to believe Libby's attitudes are those of a woman of that time period. Libby is so "21st century" that she seems to be cruising for a ticket to jail or the madhouse in 1942 - and only some highly improbable assists from the author keep the story line from an abruptly realistic ending.

Feb 02, 2015

Stiff and stilted. Libby's dual roles are hard to believe in.

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