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By Lauren Belfer

The yr is 1901. Buffalo, big apple, is poised for glory. With its booming and newly electrified streets, Buffalo is a version for the century simply starting.

Louisa Barrett has made this spectacular urban her domestic. Headmistress of Buffalo’s such a lot prestigious university, Louisa is comfy in a global of fellows, secure by means of the titans of her urban. yet not anything prepares her for a startling discovery: proof of a homicide tied to the city’s cathedral-like strength plant at within sight Niagara Falls. This stunning crime--followed through one other mysterious death--will ignite an explosive chain of occasions. For during this urban of seething intrigue and fantastic development, a conflict rages between politicians, energy agents, and industrialists for keep watch over of Niagara. And one remarkable girl of their midst needs to safeguard a gloomy mystery that implicates them all…

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Rebecca nodded dreamily to her reflection in the long mirror. “Isn’t he wonderful? I wish Papa had left me behind in India with you back in ’ninety-eight. Then you and I might have sailed back to England together, and had the company of delicious Mr. ” Victoria made a retching noise. It wasn’t ladylike, but she couldn’t help it. Rebecca noticed, and raised both her eyebrows in surprise. ” she asked in incredulous tones. ” Victoria declared. ” 33 Rebecca looked shocked. “But he is so exceedingly amiable,” she said.

Oh, dear. ” “I know it,” Victoria said. “He is going to have words with your father. ” Rebecca reached out to grip Victoria’s arm, keeping her from flying after the agitated young ship captain. ” Rebecca demanded rather loudly. “He thinks he can stop me from marrying Lord Malfrey,” Victoria explained. Heavens, but her cousin was slow to understand the simplest things sometimes. “Come along, Becky. ” Rebecca looked as stunned as if Victoria had pinched her. “Is that what you think it is? Fun? ” Victoria, eager as she was not to miss a moment of what promised to be an amusing spectacle—Captain Carstairs rebuking her uncle, that is—could not help but notice a spark of anger in her cousin’s blue eyes.

Victoria shot him an aggrieved look, but saw at once that it didn’t do a bit of good. Captain Carstairs grinned at her above the heads of her cousins, and continued to do so as she was carried away by them toward the barouche. The last thing she saw, as they pulled away from the Harmony, was Mrs. White fluttering a lace handkerchief in her direction, crying, “Oh, good-bye, good-bye, Lady Victoria! ” and beside her, Jacob Carstairs, smiling like a Hindi statue of Ginesh. Insufferable man! N CHAPTER THREE “How lovely it must be to be rich,” Rebecca Gardiner said with a sigh, as she held one of Victoria’s many ball gowns to her shoulders and admired her reflection in the full-length looking glass of the dressing room they were to share during the course of Victoria’s stay.

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