The Detective's Assistant

The Detective's Assistant

Paperback - 2016
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Based on the extraordinary true story of America's first female detective, Kate Warne, this fast-paced adventure is full of feats of daring and danger, bold action, and newfound courage.

When orphaned eleven-year-old Nell Warne arrives in Chicago, she is shocked to find that her long-lost aunt is a detective working for the famous Pinkerton's National Detective agency! With nation-changing events simmering in the background as Abraham Lincoln heads for the White House, Aunt Kate is working on the biggest case of her life, and Nell quickly makes herself indispensable by cracking codes, wearing disguises, and spying on nefarious criminals. But can she also solve the case of what really happened on the night her best friend disappeared?
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2016
ISBN: 9780316403498


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A spunky orphan named Nell goes to live with her aunt, who is a detective with the Pinkerton agency, and helps out with investigations.

A fictionalized story focusing on one of the women in the Pinkerton Detective Agency, best-known for helping save President Lincoln's life.

Aunt Kitty does not want to care for Nell after the death of her father, and Nell is less than excited about living with Aunt Kitty. That is, until she learns that Aunt Kitty is actually a detective with the Pinkerton Agency, and Nell gets to help with investigations.

In 1859, orphaned Nell is sent to live with her Aunt Kate, the first female detective ever hired by Pinkerton's National Detective Agency.

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DPLjosie Mar 21, 2016

An awesome, well-researched historical fiction account of the Pinkerton agency and its detectives as told through the (fictional) eyes of Nell Warne. I loved the story, and appreciated it even more when I learned it was based on the true life account of Kate Warne, detective.

Ms_Gaye Oct 02, 2015

Historical fiction based on America's first female detective, Kate Warne, who worked for the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Believable (and sassy) characters, with dialogue and setting well-matched to the time.
Also try "The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher" by Jessica Lawson


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Jul 21, 2016

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