Booklist has a nice review:
Death at Hull House.
McNamara, Frances (Author)
Dec 2009. 264 p. Allium, paperback, $14.99. (9780984067602).
In the late-nineteenth century, after Emily Cabot is expelled from the University of Chicago for actions
occurring while clearing a man unjustly accused of murder, she obtains a position at Hull House, assisting
Jane Addams in the operation of the famous settlement house for immigrants on the West Side of Chicago.
Soon after she moves in, a man who had come to see her is found bludgeoned to death. Concerned that her
younger brother may be involved, Emily launches her own investigation. Meanwhile, her brother,
convinced that the man who murdered their father has fled to Chicago, does some sleuthing of his own.
Details concerning the operation and the people of Hull House, along with an overview of the deplorable
living conditions faced by immigrants (and the lack of concern for the poor expressed by the city’s
businessmen and politicians) give this novel a rich historical framework, made all the more poignant by
the portrayal of the smallpox epidemic of 1893. McNamara’s historical mystery will appeal to those who
enjoyed Ann Stamos’ Bitter Tide (2009), about the immigrant experience in New York City.
— Sue O’Brien