Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain the foul deeds are the work of the kind of creature whose very existence the local authorities--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--seem adamant to deny.
«This world is full of dragon-slayers. What we need are a few more people who aren't too proud to listen to a fish» Jackaby à Abigail
Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter.
Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. The story is that Charles Montfort shot himself while cleaning his revolver, but the more Jo hears about her father’s death, the more something feels wrong. And then she meets Eddie—a young, smart, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. But now it might be too late to stop.
The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and this time the truth is the dirtiest part of all.
"The glittering ball, Jo realized, was a symbol of her life. Everything war lovely and perfect as long as each person knew the steps and executed them. The women must only ever watch and wait. The men were the ones who would decide. They would choose. Thez would lead. And the women would follow. Tonight and forevermore".
Tristan Burke n'était qu'un galopin quand Joan Bennet a fait sa connaissance, et déjà il avait une mauvaise influence sur son frère Douglas. Devenu vicomte, il est toujours aussi infréquentable, un des pires débauchés de Londres. Ce qui n'empêche pas Joan de tomber amoureuse de lui. Mais comment le séduire ? Elle est trop grande, d'un physique quelconque et mal fagotée par sa mère. Peut-être faudrait-il chercher quelques astuces dans ce livre polisson qu'elle lit sous le manteau, les confidences d'une femme de la haute société sur ses multiples aventures. Au risque, pour Joan, de perdre ses principes, sa vertu.. Et peut-être beaucoup plus !
"Comme cela arrive souvent lorsque l'existence prend un tournant crucial, tout commença de manière stupide".