Frances McNamara grew up in Boston, where her father served as Police Commissioner for ten years. She has degrees from Mount Holyoke and Simmons Colleges, and now works as a librarian at the University of Chicago. She is working on the third book in the Emily Cabot mystery series, which will be set in Pullman, at the time of the 1894 railroad strike.
Pullman was a model workers’ town, but when hard times hit in 1894, the workers were soon starving and desperate. Emily Cabot and Dr. Chapman bring much needed relief to the town, hoping they can keep the workers from resorting to violence. But when a worker is murdered, and a bomb plot comes to light, Emily must race to discover the truth behind a tangled web of family and company alliances.
Emily Cabot is expelled from the University of Chicago, and finds work at Jane Addams’s Hull House. A man is murdered in the parlor, and Emily must determine whether one of her colleagues is responsible, or whether the murder is revenge for a family tragedy. As a smallpox epidemic rages through Chicago, Emily finds herself in jeopardy from both the deadly disease and a killer.
The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition provides the vibrant backdrop for this engrossing tale. While Emily is busy exploring the Exposition with her family and friends, one of them is accused of murder. She sets out to search for the truth behind the crime, but is thwarted by the thieves, corrupt politicians, and gamblers ever present in Chicago. Will appeal to history buffs and mystery fans.