4 Star Review for Ten Days in August by Kate McMurray #MM #Historical


Title: Ten Days in August
Author Name & Publisher: Kate McMurray (Kensington Publishing Corporation)
Publication Date & Length: March 29, 2016 – 256 pgs


From the Lower East Side to uptown Manhattan, a curious detective searches for clues on the sidewalks of New York—and finds a secret world of forbidden love that’s too hot to handle…

New York City, 1896. As the temperatures rise, so does the crime rate. At the peak of this sizzling heat wave, police inspector Hank Brandt is called to investigate the scandalous murder of a male prostitute. His colleagues think he should drop the case, but Hank’s interest is piqued, especially when he meets the intriguing key witness: a beautiful female impersonator named Nicholas Sharp.

As a nightclub performer living on the fringes of society, Nicky is reluctant to place his trust in a cop—even one as handsome as Hank. With Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt cracking down on vice in the city, Nicky’s afraid that getting involved could end his career. But when he realizes his life is in danger—and Hank is his strongest ally—the two men hit the streets together to solve the crime. From the tawdry tenements of the Lower East Side to the moneyed mansions of Fifth Avenue, Nicky and Hank are determined to uncover the truth. But when things start heating up between them, it’s not just their lives on the line. It’s their love…

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This book is set in 1896 New York. Hank is a police inspector and gets involved in a crime about dead prostitutes, someone is killing and needs to be stopped. He meets Nicky at his first crime scene, who works as a female impersonator…drag?
It wasn’t love a first sight for these two, which I was glad for, but the attraction was there. In 1896, there was no way Hank could come out without serious issues. As the story builds, things heat up and they work together to solve the crimes. I’m not sure if this was a realistic take of 1896 or the way these two acted together. Sometimes I forgot that this wasn’t present time until they mention something that is old and related to 1896…lol. The way they spoke seemed too present time for me, but they were interesting.


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Kate McMurray is a nonfiction editor. Also, she is crafty (mostly knitting and sewing, but she also wields power tools), she plays the violin, and she dabbles in various other pursuits. She’s maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with a presumptuous cat.


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