Scandal in the Secret City

Scandal in the Secret City

A Libby Clark Mystery

Book - 2014
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From the author of the Lucinda Pierce series, comes a thrilling new mystery, set during the Second World War . . .

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, otherwise known as the Secret City, rose seemingly overnight in 1942, built by the US Government. No one was quite sure what its purpose was or where it came from, but there was certainly something going on . . .

Libby Clark, a gutsy Bryn Mawr graduate, is determined to find her place as a scientist in a world where women are thought better suited to housework and marriage. As the only female scientist in the top secret facility, Libby is excited to begin what she believes is important government research.

She soon begins to suspect, however, that not all is as it seems. And to make matters worse, one frosty night she discovers the dead body of her roommate's sister sprawled behind the bleachers. No one else seems to think finding the killer is important and it's up to Libby to make sense of the situation. Aided by a band of like-minded scientists, Libby follows every possible lead until she comes to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.
Publisher: Sutton, England : Severn House, 2014
Edition: First world edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780727884046
0727884042
Characteristics: 252 pages ; 23 cm

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ApollosRaven
Dec 31, 2016

An interesting historical setting. Fanning manages to build a good plot line, but doesn't do much to develop the heroine/narrator, whose confrontational and near-hysterical reactions to friends and foe alike gets annoying. It's just impossible to believe Libby's attitudes are those of a woman of that time period. Libby is so "21st century" that she seems to be cruising for a ticket to jail or the madhouse in 1942 - and only some highly improbable assists from the author keep the story line from an abruptly realistic ending.

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athena14
Feb 02, 2015

Stiff and stilted. Libby's dual roles are hard to believe in.

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