Stephanie Morrill, author of the Ellie Sweet series, pens her first young adult mystery, set during the Jazz Age, a time of citywide corruption due to the gangsters and when women’s rights were changing.
In The Lost Girl of Astor Street, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail is convinced the police aren’t looking in the right place after the disappearance of her best friend, Lydia.
Daughter of a well-known mobster attorney, Piper’s search for the truth takes her to some unsavory neighborhoods. But a handsome Italian policeman – Detective Mariano Cassano – is determined to keep her safe and find the answers to Lydia’s disappearance.
Morrill delivers a gutsy, intelligent heroine, a twisting mystery plot, and descriptive historical details (the Roaring Twenties!). Readers will clamor for more mysteries staring this intrepid amateur sleuth.
— Carol R. Gehringer