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Fallen Women

av Sandra Dallas

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"The New York Times bestselling author of True Sisters and Prayers for Sale is at her best with a novel about a woman's search for information surrounding the death of her estranged sister. It's the spring of 1885 when wealthy New York socialite Beret Osmundsen first sets foot in a Denver police station. Just days before, she received the terrible news of the death of her estranged younger sister, Lillie. The telegram from her aunt and uncle was brief, stating only that Lillie had passed away suddenly and there was no need for Beret to make the long trip west. Soon, a sordid story is revealed when Beret comes across a scandal sheet with the details of a brutal murder of a prostitute named 'Lillie Brown' in the brothel where she lived. Upon a closer read, Beret becomes convinced that 'Lillie Brown' was in fact her sister, and her murderer has not been caught. Her investigation takes her from the dangerous, seedy underworld of Denver's tenderloin to the highest levels of Denver society. Along the way, Beret learns the depths of Lillie's depravity and must reconcile these with her memories of the innocent young girl of their youth, all while never losing site of finding the murderer. With the help of detective Mick McCauley, Beret ultimately unearths the truth about the sister she couldn't save and exposes the darkest side of Gilded Age ambition in the city in the process"--… (mer)
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Sandra Dallas is an author that I know I can rely upon to provide a good story, so I was quite excited to read her first historical mystery, Fallen Women. The book is set in Denver, Colorado in 1885 as Beret Osmundsen arrives ready to look into the death of her sister, Lillie. She had been notified about Lillie by a telegram from her aunt and uncle, a prominent judge and candidate for the Senate. But the circumstances surrounding Lillie’s death are horrendous. She had taken up residence in a brothel, and had died in a brutal manner, being stabbed eight times. Beret knows that her sister had a dark side and wasn’t an angel by any means. She also has her private reasons for feeling a little guilty regarding Lillie, as she had thrown her sister out, after finding her in bed with her husband.

Beret works alongside of police detective, Mick McCauley who was at first a reluctant partner but soon learned to appreciate her opinions and observations. Unfortunately Beret didn’t have a lot of finesse or people smarts, she barged into places that she shouldn’t, she wasn’t shy about throwing accusations around and never seemed to think about her personal safety. When other prostitutes were murdered in a similar manner most people thought the perpetrator was a madman. Beret pressed on with her investigation feeling strongly that Lillie was murdered by someone who knew her.

While the resolution that was revealed toward the end of the book was no great surprise I enjoyed the journey. The author introduced a number of less than savoury characters that needed to be eliminated, and gave the reader an interesting look at Denver’s high and low societies. The chemistry between the main characters was intriguing so overall Fallen Women was an entertaining read. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jun 4, 2021 |
I loved this book! Sucked me in from the very first page. Although it was looked at as a profession back then, it was very interesting to read about prostitution and the women who ran those houses. ( )
  Chelz286 | Aug 26, 2018 |
DNF. For some reason I just couldn't get into this. I'm sure it's a fine novel, it just couldn't seem to catch my attention for long. ( )
  majesdane | Aug 8, 2017 |
I think my favorite part of this book was probably the mystery storyline and the family dynamics of the main character's family. While the way some of the clues were gathered and how some information was revealed had to be read with a grain of salt and a sigh at the stretch of plausibility, the end result of the perpetrator of the crime threw me. The main force behind the killings was a complete shock to me, and I enjoyed that immensely. The family dynamics for Beret were also fascinating. While her sister Lillie was already dead, seeing through Beret's memories how her life was with her sister before the move to Denver and seeing how it colored who the sisters became intrigued the hell out of me. Her aunt, uncle, and ex-husband all added spice to an already flavorful family that I enjoyed to the hilt.

I also enjoyed some of the historical details in the book. When the author described the stone mansions of the newly rich of Denver, it brought back memories of some of the mansions I've visited in Colorado and her in Montana. I could literally picture the grand rooms, stained-glass windows, and peacock bedecked yards in my head with ease. Downtown Denver, with all its young city fervor and energy along a red light district decay, came to life for me. I enjoyed such a rich background for our story and characters.

Now talking about characters, this is where the novel really fell flat. The main character Beret... What can I really say? I found her manipulative, untrustworthy, recklessly stupid, tactless, self absorbed, and at times, extremely sanctimonious. She even at times admits to herself that what she is doing is stupid, but does she stop?! Nope. Head first into situations that anybody with an ounce of brainpower would re-think and come up with another game plan. There were occasional bursts of intelligence and compassion that I enjoyed from her. I felt engaged enough to her that the few hints of a developing romance between her and Mick made me smile. But, overall, her character pretty much ruined the book for me.

I give the book a 3 out of 5 since the actual mystery engaged and surprised me. The secondary characters and Beret's family dynamics kept me enthralled. The setting was richly detailed, and I felt like I was smack dab in the middle of the mansions of Denver. If only the character of Beret was better executed, I think this book would have been an easy 4 or 5. But, it is what it is. ( )
  Sarah_Gruwell | Jan 12, 2016 |
I am starting the year with DNFs but I promised myself to be ruthless if I don't like the book and stop reading it.

Nothing wrong with Fallen Women, but I've been listening to it on audio and couldn't get into it within the first few chapters.DNF
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
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"The New York Times bestselling author of True Sisters and Prayers for Sale is at her best with a novel about a woman's search for information surrounding the death of her estranged sister. It's the spring of 1885 when wealthy New York socialite Beret Osmundsen first sets foot in a Denver police station. Just days before, she received the terrible news of the death of her estranged younger sister, Lillie. The telegram from her aunt and uncle was brief, stating only that Lillie had passed away suddenly and there was no need for Beret to make the long trip west. Soon, a sordid story is revealed when Beret comes across a scandal sheet with the details of a brutal murder of a prostitute named 'Lillie Brown' in the brothel where she lived. Upon a closer read, Beret becomes convinced that 'Lillie Brown' was in fact her sister, and her murderer has not been caught. Her investigation takes her from the dangerous, seedy underworld of Denver's tenderloin to the highest levels of Denver society. Along the way, Beret learns the depths of Lillie's depravity and must reconcile these with her memories of the innocent young girl of their youth, all while never losing site of finding the murderer. With the help of detective Mick McCauley, Beret ultimately unearths the truth about the sister she couldn't save and exposes the darkest side of Gilded Age ambition in the city in the process"--

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