‘Chaos At Carnegie Hall’ by Kelly Oliver


Can Fiona catch a killer and find a decent cup of tea before her mustache wax melts?

1917. New York.

Notorious spy, Fredrick Fredricks, has invited Fiona to Carnegie Hall to hear a famous soprano. It’s an opportunity the War Office can’t turn down. Fiona and Clifford are soon on their way, but not before Fiona is saddled with chaperon duties for Captain Hall’s niece. Is Fiona a spy or a glorified babysitter?

From the minute Fiona meets the soprano aboard the RMS Adriatic it’s treble on the high C’s. Fiona sees something—or someone—thrown overboard, and then she overhears a chemist plotting in German with one of her own countrymen!

And the trouble doesn’t stop when they disembark. Soon Fiona is doing time with a group of suffragettes and investigating America’s most impressive inventor Thomas Edison.

When her number one suspect turns up dead at the opera and Fredrick Fredricks is caught red-handed, it looks like it’s finally curtains for the notorious spy.

But all the evidence points to his innocence. Will Fiona change her tune and clear her nemesis’ name? Or will she do her duty? And just what is she going to do with the pesky Kitty Lane? Not to mention swoon-worthy Archie Somersby . . .

If Fiona’s going to come out on top, she’s going to have to make the most difficult decision of her life: the choice between her head and her heart.

My Review

If there’s one thing that I like doing, it’s discovering new authors. Kelly Oliver is certainly a new author for me. Anybody who knows me well, knows that not only am I a book geek but I am also a history nerd. So you can probably appreciate why the synopsis of ‘Chaos At Carnegie Hall’ appealed to me so much. I couldn’t wait to start reading and so without further ado, I grabbed a cup of tea, grabbed my Kindle and settled down for a fun afternoon of reading. I thoroughly enjoyed dreading ‘Chaos At Carnegie Hall’ but more about that in a bit.

As soon as I started reading, I knew that I wasn’t going to be doing anything other than reading for the rest of the afternoon. I started reading and found that I just couldn’t stop. My Kindle wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me. I couldn’t bear to miss a single second of the story. I absolutely loved the character of the Fiona and I warmed to her from the very start. In fact Fiona ended up feeling more like a friend rather than a character in a book. To say that reading ‘Chaos At Carnegie Hall’ became addictive is a wee bit of an understatement. The more of the story that I read, the more I wanted to read and the quicker the pages seemed to turn. I soon got to the end of ‘Chaos At Carnegie Hall’ and I had to say a temporary goodbye to Fiona. I found ‘Chaos At Carnegie Hall’ to be a light hearted, fun, cosy mystery. I was gripped by the story from start to finish and I loved every single minute of it.

‘Chaos At Carnegie Hall’ is superbly written. Kelly has an easy going writing style that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with. In fact reading this book felt more like a chat between friends rather than reading a book. I hope that makes sense. For me, the story hit the ground running and maintained a steady pace throughout. I loved all the historical detail that was woven into this story. The story is set during 1917, which is a period that fascinates me and this story brought that time period alive. I love the way in which Kelly makes the reader feel as though they are part of the story and at the heart of the story. That’s how I felt at any rate.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Chaos At Carnegie Hall’ and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers. I will be definitely reading more of Kelly’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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