Murder between the lines / Radha Vatsal.

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      Summary: When Kitty's latest assignment for the New York Sentinel Ladies' Page takes her to Westfield Hall, she expects to find an orderly establishment teaching French and dancing-but there's more going on at the school than initially meets the eye. Tragedy strikes when a student named Elspeth is found frozen to death in Central Park. The doctors proclaim that the girl's sleepwalking was the cause, but Kitty isn't so sure. Determined to uncover the truth, Kitty must investigate a more chilling scenario-a murder that may involve Elspeth's scientist father and a new invention by a man named Thomas Edison.
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      Includes reading group guide.
      Includes bibliographical references.
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Booklist Reviews 2017 May #1

While researching a story, Capability "Kitty" Weeks, a reporter for the "Ladies' Page" of the New York Sentinel, meets Elspeth Bright, a student studying physics and chemistry, at Westfield Hall, a well-regarded boarding school for young women. Only a short time later, Kitty is stunned to learn Elspeth has died of exposure during a sleepwalking episode while at home in New York City; then Elspeth's mother asks Kitty to talk to Elspeth's friends to determine what triggered her sleepwalking. Kitty pursues the matter, beginning to believe that Elspeth's death may be connected to her scientific studies, as President Wilson prepares the country to enter WWI. World history, science, the women's suffrage movement, and the life and times of early twentieth-century America are skillfully woven through the story of a privileged young woman finding her place in the world, while investigating a death. For readers who enjoy historical mysteries with young female reporters such as Carol McCleary's Nellie Bly and Alyssa Maxwell's Emma Cross. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2017 March #4

Vatsal's lively second Kitty Weeks mystery (after 2016's A Front Page Affair) finds 19-year-old Kitty still working on the New York Sentinel Ladies' Page, the paper's only section open to female reporters. While writing about elite girls' school Westfield Hall in December 1915, Kitty meets star chemistry student Elspeth Bright. Late on Christmas Eve, Elspeth freezes to death in Central Park. Her lifelong somnambulism is blamed, but Kitty suspects foul play. When a schoolmate claims that Elspeth was secretly working on battery design, a crucial challenge of submarine warfare, Kitty questions Elspeth's father, scientist Edgar Bright, with whom Elspeth argued shortly before her death. Dr. Bright's secretive behavior and the presence of his handsome former assistant, Phillip Emerson—to whom gossip suggests Elspeth might have been attracted—at a submarine-test explosion further fuels Kitty's suspicions. Despite several overlong detours into historical side issues, Vatsal's combination of a feisty protagonist with a tumultuous, fast-changing era remains a winning formula. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (May)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.