The Detective's Assistant

The Detective's Assistant

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"In 1859, eleven-year-old Nell goes to live with her aunt, Kate Warne, the first female detective for Pinkerton's National Detective Agency. Nell helps her aunt solve cases, including a mystery surrounding Abraham Lincoln, and the mystery of what happened to Nell's own father" -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316403511
Characteristics: 359 pages ; 21 cm


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Feb 18, 2020

I have mixed feelings about this book. Premise was was great about the first woman Pinkerton detective. But I found the protagonist tiresome. No matter how many times she's told not to say "Aunt Kitty" because of danger, she goes right ahead and does it anyway. She's lucky her aunt doesn't plunk her in that orphanage for endangering the detectives time and again. I fear the writing was just not that great.

Anna Beyer
Jul 15, 2019

I quite liked the book. It was very well researched . I quite liked the characters, and the ending was a very good sum up. but I just didn't feel such a big connection. Some books I reads seem to suck me in, but not this one. Still it was a very good book. totally recommend it to anyone.

Jun 22, 2019

Book #4
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DPLjosie Mar 21, 2016

An awesome, well-researched historical fiction account of the Pinkerton agency and its detectives as told through the (fictional) eyes of Nell Warne. I loved the story, and appreciated it even more when I learned it was based on the true life account of Kate Warne, detective.

Ms_Gaye Oct 02, 2015

Historical fiction based on America's first female detective, Kate Warne, who worked for the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Believable (and sassy) characters, with dialogue and setting well-matched to the time.
Also try "The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher" by Jessica Lawson


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