Synopses & Reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of True Sisters and Prayers for Sale is at her best with a novel about a woman's search for information surrounding the death of her estranged sister
It's the spring of 1885 when wealthy New York socialite Beret Osmundsen first sets foot in a Denver police station. Just days before, she received the terrible news of the death of her estranged younger sister, Lillie. The telegram from her aunt and uncle was brief, stating only that Lillie had passed away suddenly and there was no need for Beret to make the long trip west. Soon, a sordid story is revealed when Beret comes across a scandal sheet with the details of a brutal murder of a prostitute named "Lillie Brown" in the brothel where she lived. Upon a closer read, Beret becomes convinced that "Lillie Brown" was in fact her sister, and her murderer has not been caught. Her investigation takes her from the dangerous, seedy underworld of Denvers tenderloin to the highest levels of Denver society. Along the way, Beret learns the depths of Lillies depravity and must reconcile these with her memories of the innocent young girl of their youth, all while never losing site of finding the murderer. With the help of detective Mick McCauley, Beret ultimately unearths the truth about the sister she couldnt save and exposes the darkest side of Gilded Age ambition in the city in the process.
Praise for True Sisters
"A born storyteller, Dallas excels not only at plot but also at peopling her novels with memorable individuals." —Richmond Times Dispatch
"Dallas offers a richly drawn fictional account of tragic true events." —Booklist
"A born storyteller, Dallas excels not only at plot but also at peopling her novels with memorable individuals." —Richmond Times Dispatch on True Sisters
"Dallas tells the story of strong women and the beautiful relationships they can create even in impossible circumstances.” —Publishers Weekly on True Sisters
“This fact-based historical fiction, celebrating sisterhood and heroism, makes for a surefire winner.” —Kirkus Reviews on True Sisters
"Whiter than Snow is a fast and engrossing novel that will capture readers' hearts from the first few pages." —Deseret News
"Her sense of time and place is pitch-perfect and her affection for her characters infectious." —Kirkus Reviews on Whiter than Snow
"Prayers for Sale is a finely crafted tale that celebrates women and their resiliency." —Deseret News
"This satisfying novel will immediately draw readers in and the unexpected twists will keep them hooked through to the bittersweet denouement." —Publishers Weekly on Prayers for Sale
From the ballrooms and mansions of Denvers newly wealthy, to the seamy life of desperate women, Fallen Women illuminates the darkest places of the human heart.
It is the spring of 1885 and wealthy New York socialite Beret Osmundsen has been estranged from her younger sister, Lillie, for a year when she gets word from her aunt and uncle that Lillie has died suddenly in Denver. What they do not tell her is that Lillie had become a prostitute and was brutally murdered in the brothel where she had been living. When Beret discovers the sordid truth of Lillies death, she makes her way to Denver, determined to find her sisters murderer. Detective Mick McCauley may not want her involved in the case, but Beret is determined, and the investigation soon takes her from the dangerous, seedy underworld of Denvers tenderloin to the highest levels of Denver society. Along the way, Beret not only learns the depths of Lillies depravity, but also exposes the sinister side of Gilded Age ambition in the process.
Sandra Dallas once again delivers a page-turner filled with mystery, intrigue, and the kind of intricate detail that truly transports you to another time and place.
About the Author
SANDRA DALLAS is the author of thirteen novels, including True Sisters, The Bride's House, Prayers for Sale, Tallgrass and The Persian Pickle . She is a former Denver bureau chief for Business Week magazine and lives in Denver, Colorado.