In Book 5 Emily has married Dr. Chapman and she is trying to balance raising two children with work at the university. It is summer of 1896 and she is drawn from her own struggles into the problems of Dr. Mary Stone and Dr. Ida Kahn, two young Chinese women who have attained medical degrees from the University of Michigan and are in Chicago for a single summer before returning to China to run clinics. When Mary is suspected in the death of an herbalist, Emily follows the investigation into Chinatown where Wong Chin Foo, an early activist is protesting harsh immigration practices and into the workshop of Dr. Emile Grubbe where xrays are being used for treatment.Only the truth will allow the women to return to China and their work in early medical clinics there.
“Fascinating history underpins the tale…fans of historical mysteries should…enjoy this visit to 1896 America.” —Publishers Weekly
“This enjoyable mystery set in a historically accurate Chicago features a strong sense of time and place…The book is a solid period story, with a plot that holds together, an interesting lead character, and strong historical detail…vivid action sequences and family drama [are mixed] with the main crime narrative…The writing is well paced, with a large number of dialogue-driven scenes and a first-person narrator keeping the story moving.”—Jeff Fleischer, Foreword Reviews