It is 1876, and the nation is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary with an expedition in Philadelphia. Boston detective Lucy Pinkston and her devoted colleague, Mr. Farouk, receive an intriguing message from someone exhibiting at the event. Mr. Thomas Owens, a well-known paleontologist, seeks their services to protect his ground-breaking new find. The problem is, he is extremely evasive on the details.
While Lucy’s brother, Jack, is off with his new bride in Europe—Lucy is eager to have the case wholly under her control. But when Jack goes missing, her plans go into a tailspin. To further complicate matters, a letter from Jack indicates that he will remain in Europe indefinitely.
Did Jack have second thoughts about his marriage? Or is something more nefarious afoot? As Lucy and Mr. Farouk hatch a plan to find him, the Centennial case is put on hold. But the seemingly harmless assignment has much more in store for Lucy than she realized. And when an old enemy from her past makes an appearance, she wonders if she will ever see her brother again.
Lucy Pinkston has achieved what she longed for-to be a full-fledged Pinkston detective. But all is not what it appears. Lucy’s brother, Jack, head of the Pinkston Detective Agency, will only hand over the most minor of cases.
Such is the occasion when Jack deploys Lucy to find his fiancée’s missing ring-a stunning emerald number. Lucy sets out to solve the case with assistance from her erstwhile companion, Mr. Farouk. Together, they determine where the ring was last spotted: the engagement party of Lucy’s crush, James Smith.
Trying to avoid her feelings, Lucy throws herself into the case. But after making inquiries, her social status in Boston’s suburb of Dorchester goes into freefall. What has Lucy done to deserve such treatment? And what collateral damage will she cause once the dust settles?
Lucy Pinkston and the Broken Engagement