Hall of Secrets

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In Cate Campbell’s sumptuously detailed, page-turning series set in 1920s Seattle, the once-secure lifestyle of the wealthy Benedict family–and their household staff–must contend with the radical, roaring Jazz Age. . .

For generations, the Benedicts have been one of Seattle’s most distinguished families, residing in the splendid Queen Anne mansion known as Benedict Hall amid a host of loyal servants. But the dawn of the 1920s and the aftermath of the Great War have brought dramatic social conflict. Never has this been more apparent than when daughter Margot’s thoroughly modern young cousin, Allison, comes to stay.

But Margot is also shocking many of Seattle’s genteel citizens, and her engineer beau, by advocating birth control in her medical practice. For amid a tangle of blackmail, manipulation, and old enmities, the Benedicts stand to lose more than money–they may forfeit the very position and reputation that is their only tether to a rapidly changing world.

Publication Date: January, 2014

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Reviews:

“Entertaining, with a well-drawn backdrop.”
RT Book Reviews

“Recommended for fans of Downton Abbey, this story is full of drama and is plenty enjoyable, especially because of the time period…great characters with warm chemistry the reader will want to see together.”
Parkersburg News & Sentinel

“New characters, the rebellious young cousin Allison and her appallingly coldhearted parents, add intriguing plot twists to the story line. So does the improbable reappearance of the villain of the first book, whose vendetta against Margot endangers the Benedicts and everyone in their orbit. Northwest readers will especially enjoy the way Campbell enriches the narrative with details: references to Seattle-area locations and institutions, current events and medical developments.”
–Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times

“Campbell puts a decidedly American twist on the “Downton Abbey”-inspired oeuvre, setting her second Benedict Hall family drama in Seattle during the Jazz Age. The tempestuous era is as much a character as the people, since Campbell emphasizes the social issues and upheaval through the views of the wealthy and their servants. The quick pace and interesting details only add to the allure. Readers will be eager for the next installment.”–Kathe Robin, RT Reviews

“Campbell does a great job of really bringing this time and place to life. Historical fiction fans will eat this up!”–A Bookish Affair

“Although the novel isn’t primarily a mystery, Hall of Secrets does contain palpable tension and suspense. Benedict Hall, the first in the series, documented the strained relationships and hidden tensions in the Benedict family. This installment explores those more deeply but is also an ode to an era that began to challenge the established order, especially as it worked to hold women in check.”–Sheila M. Merritt, Mystery Scene

 



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