“For the first time, Madeline has permission to meddle.
Something’s not adding up in the Wintherwood, Ohio bank, and Madeline’s there to figure out why.
Sent by the Rockland Pinkerton’s office to investigate shady banking practices, Madeline finally has the opportunity to try out all her developing detective skills. From her new disguise to an assumed persona, complete with non-existent fiancé, Madeline takes on embezzlement in Wintherwood, Ohio.
Now, to find the culprit and get back to Rockland before Amy arrives, before Mrs. Barnes gets any sicker, and before Russell writes her off as a hopeless, heartless girl.
As Madeline figures out what’s happening, even Mr. Flint begins to lose confidence in her. How will she prove who is taking the money and why–especially after her primary suspect ends up dead?” (from Goodreads)
Sometimes the best books are the hardest to review… This book was a gamechanger for Madeline in every way possible, and it absolutely wrecked me. ❤
I looooved the mystery in this one! Madeline got to try her hand at some “real” detective work complete with a cover story and DISGUISES. She did a brilliant job, and the letters between her and her fake fiance were especially hilarious. It was really interesting, though, to see the true-to-Madeline character growth that came about from this escapade… I especially loved her realization of how easy it had been for her to lie and how it would be spiritually unhealthy for her to continue in that type of work. That’s not something you see often. 😉 And her general thoughts about her relationship with God always feed me so much.
There were a couple adorable romances between side characters in this one. Evie’s was especially heartwarming. ❤ Amy’s seems really fantastic as well. Speaking of Amy, she is exactly the great friend I’ve expected her to be, and I look forward to seeing more of her. Oh, I also loved the free library (eek!), and Aunt Louisa’s spying had me internally giggling. If only Madeline knew! XD
But the parts the wrecked me… oh, wow. A certain burned letter and the loss of a dear sweet character I didn’t even realize I loved so much brought me to tears. And Russell, oh my dear, Russell!
Just a note, there was some miscellaneous immorality, feelings of unsafety around a certain man, and some medical details related to there being no treatment at that time for Type 1 Diabetes. (My heart. 😦 )
Best quotes: He’d talk to her, listen to her; he’d forgive, and so would she. It was their way.
My most memorable headline to date, and Russell isn’t here to tease me about it.
Altogether, this was great–if emotionally hard–read, and I can’t wait for the next book. 😉