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‘The Devil’s Dime’ by Bailey Bristol

I am lucky enough this week, to have received another great author request for a read/review. ‘The Devil’s Dime’ (The Samaritan Files) is the first book in a historical romantic suspense series, to be known as ‘The Samaritan Files’, with book two ‘The Gilded Cage’ already being well advanced and due for publication very soon.


The year – 1896
The place
New York City’s Battery Park

Addie is abducted, her father is about to be put to death, all because of Jess Pepper’s investigative reporting in 1896 New York City.

All Jess wanted to do was show a good Samaritan a city’s gratitude. Instead, he signed the man’s death warrant with one of his first articles as investigative reporter for the New York Times.When his story re-opened a twenty-year-old criminal case, it unleashed the anger of Deacon Trumbull, a corrupt precinct chief who thought his old crimes long buried.

Beautiful and talented, Addie came to the city with little more than a violin tucked beneath her chin and enough moxie to launch her dream – and find the father she hadn’t seen in sixteen years. And she did find him – just days before Jess’s article put a noose around his neck.

Now, in the darkest corner of the city, corruption and greed bring Addie and Jess to the brink of terror, and Jess must discover not only who wants this good man dead, but how to save the woman who has stolen his heart.

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.

Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.
Your host for the month of April is: …Cindy@Cindy’s Love Of Books

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Cindy, after all, we all like to receive them!

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!


This historical romantic suspense novel, was gifted as a request for me to read and leave my comments about, by its author, Bailey Bristol and as such was free of charge.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.


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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Jo,

      The synopsis is definitely intriguing me, I don’t think I have read a storyline about a journalist before, so I am looking forward to starting out on it very soon.

      Thanks for visiting.

    • Hi Kathy,

      When historical fiction is well researched, you definitely can’t beat it for a good read.

      As I haven’t read much US historical fiction, I am looking forward to learning lots about the New York of that late nineteenth century.

    • Hi Jane,

      I add so many books to my wishlist each week, from all the different memes and reviews I follow, that my list is even bigger than my TBR mountain!!

      I keep promising to reduce my TBR shelves, but in reality that just isn’t going to happen, unless I have a huge cull! At least hubbie will have to have the cull, as I just can’t bring myself to give any more books away!

      At least a wishlist is just a sheet (well, many sheets!) of paper, in fact I could make it into a folder on the PC and then I can scrap the paper!!

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the comments.

    • Hi Nikki,

      It is great to find a US author, who has written a US centric historical romance, as so many of Bailey’s contemporaries seem to write in the genre, then give the story a UK period setting.

      I have come across a couple of US authors, who have kept the storyline US based and they have worked really well, so I am looking forward to this one.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great time at your event this week.

    • Hi Naida,

      I like that thought, although unfortunately, so many of us don’t get the opportunity to fulfil our dreams.

      I guess that we should be making the opportunities and although that may be a little late for some of us, we should encourage the youngsters to get back some of the ‘moxie’, that we all appear to have lost somewhere along the way.

      Thanks for stopping by and joining in the discussion, it is always great when conversations veer off on different tangents, as people voice their own perspectives on a post.

  • This is a new to me title and it sounds good. Thanks so much for stopping by and linking this month to the IMM i had alot of fun and it was fun to discver new blogs. I will be back constantly to see what is new with you.

    • Hi Cindy,

      Thanks so much for being a great host during April.

      Blogging has been so much about making new friends for me and my list of people to check in with regularly, is growing at an alarming rate.

      ‘Cindy’s Love Of Books’ is sure to be a regular now.

      Have a great week

    • Hi Diane,

      I definitely wasn’t going to turn down the opportunity to read this one … a new to me author, a genre that I haven’t read a lot of and a great sounding storyline to boot … I can’t wait!

      Thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Mary,

      I have a small backlog of author review requests right now, so it may be some time before I start out on this book, although the author is fully aware of the situation.

      The trouble is that I can see all these great books, lined up and ready to read and I just want to get my hands on them all straightaway.

      The one thing I can’t do though, is to read more than one book at a time, so I shall just have to be patient!

      Thanks for the comments and I hope that your week is a good one.

    • Hi Kathy,

      The storyline for this one is definitely different and interesting, although when comparisons are drawn with today’s news, here in the UK, the similarities are astounding …. police corruption, press privacy intrusion and greed …. How history tends to repeat itself!!!

      I have great hopes for this book.

    • Hi Jennifer,

      You should check out Bailey’s website, all of her book covers are really alluring and just that little bit different. I would never choose a book purely by its cover, however a strong cover image, that is relevant to the story content, is always a great starting place to selecting my next read.

      Thanks for leaving comment, always appreciated.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      It looks as though ‘The Devil’s Dime’, is set to be the first book of a series, so it would be great to ‘get in at the ground level’ and start the series now.

      I am notorious for joining a series midway through, which is great if the component books work well as stand-alones, but not so good if I am left with an ending that is up in the air and pending the next installment.

      Thanks for the visit and comment, always good to talk with you.

    • Hi Jenners,

      I wonder how far into the book I shall be before Addie realises that it is in fact Jess who has caused her father to face the death penalty?

      I am not sure where the violin is going to figure in the story, but I am sure it will ‘all come together’ in the end, or there would be no romance to the story.

      Actually, the storyline is quite an intriguing one and I hope to find out much more about the New York of the nineteenth century, so I am hoping for some good, descriptive dialogue.

      Thanks for stopping by and for leaving such pertinent comments, I always appreciate them.

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