Gilded age lady detective

Jun 15, 2014

Lucy Pinkston and the Centennial Case

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.

Jun 15, 2014
Feb 9, 2014

Lucy Pinkston and the Broken Engagement

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
Feb 9, 2014

Lucy Pinkston and the Broken Engagement

Jan 18, 2014

Lucy Pinkston and the Lost Mine

It’s 1875, and life is good for Boston’s Pinkston Detective Agency. It suits 18-year-old Lucy Pinkston less so. As the only daughter of the famous Pinkston patriarch, Lucy detests needlepoint and every other proper feminine pursuit. Relegated to a life of domestic drudgery, what she really desires is the opportunity to join her brother, Jack, in the family business. 

Lucy thinks she gets her chance when Jack is hired to find Robert Scruggs, a wealthy pharmaceutical magnate who vanished without a trace in the California prospecting country. His untimely disappearance leaves his heir in a lurch, as an sizable family fortune hangs in the balance. It doesn’t take long for gold fever to overtake the case, as rumors swirl on whether Robert Scruggs found a gold mine before he went missing. 

Yet instead of turning to his sister for assistance, Jack engages an old school friend—the mysterious James Smith. Determined to prove herself and get the better of the male duo, Lucy enlists the support of a chaperone and bodyguard, Mr. Farouk. With his assistance, she departs for San Francisco determined to uncover what really happened to Scruggs and the truth behind the lost mine.
Jan 18, 2014