City of Light

City of Light

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City of Light

The year is 1901. Buffalo, New York, is poised for glory. With its booming industry and newly electrified streets, Buffalo is a model for the century just beginning.

Louisa Barrett has made this dazzling city her home. Headmistress of Buffalo’s most prestigious school, Louisa is at ease in a world of men, protected by the titans of her city. But nothing prepares her for a startling discovery: evidence of a murder tied to the city’s cathedral-like power plant at nearby Niagara Falls. This shocking crime--followed by another mysterious death--will ignite an explosive chain of events. For in this city of seething intrigue and dazzling progress, a battle rages among politicians, power brokers, and industrialists for control of Niagara. And one extraordinary woman in their midst must protect a dark secret that implicates them all…


Baker & Taylor
In 1901 Buffalo, New York, Louisa Barrett, the progressive headmistress of the exclusive Macaulay School for Girls, stumbles upon a secret involving the powerful members of her school board that could destroy everything for which she has worked as well as her relationship with her goddaughter and the child's widowed father. A first novel. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Dell, 2005
Edition: Dial Press Trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780385337649
Branch Call Number: FICTION BELFER
Characteristics: 503 p. : maps ; 21 cm


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Nov 13, 2018

As I started this book I realized it was one I had read in the past! Decided to read again and was glad I did. A tale that is relevant to today's Me Too movement!!

ibook4650 Jul 05, 2016

For me, this book was a pleasant read from this author. The historical aspects were woven into the storyline that carried on from the first page until the last page. The human condition from the rich and the poor has in influence on the main character that steer her through life with its ebbs and flows. I will read other books written by this author.

Apr 07, 2015

This is an interesting book about the turn of the century in 1900, Buffalo NY. The first person acount of an all girls school teacher tells the reader of the history surrounding the Niagara Falls/Electricty plant with a colorful cast of characters. Both social and political situations of the time period are weaved into this very rich story line. Throw in a mysterious murder and the plot thickens and brews into a fascinating tale. Historical fiction is very well done in this book.

Jul 09, 2012

Historical Fiction set in Buffalo, New York in 1901 when the Pan American Exposition is about to begin and hydroelectric power at Niagra Falls will bring electricity to the Great Lakes. A mysterious death leads to the uncovering of secrets in the city.

Jul 06, 2012

City of Light was an engrossing historical murder mystery set during one of my favorite eras, the turn of the 20th century. The novel has a strong feminist storyline about a spinster headmistress who has cultivated her own independent life in Buffalo. The story skillfully weaves together real and fictional characters, very engrossing. The ending is somewhat unsatisfying, but otherwise, a lovely read.


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