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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Hannigan Narrator: Christine Laki Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The incredible tale of America’s first ever female detective and her spirited niece

Eleven-year-old Nell Warne arrives on her aunt’s doorstep lugging a heavy sack of sorrows. If her Aunt Kate rejects her, it’s the miserable Home for the Friendless.

Luckily, canny Nell makes herself indispensable to Aunt Kate … and not just by helping out with household chores. For Aunt Kate is the first ever female detective, employed by the legendary Pinkerton Detective Agency. And Nell has a knack for the kind of close listening and bold action that made Pinkerton detectives famous in Civil War-era America. With huge, nation-changing events simmering in the background, Nell uses skills new and old to uncover truths about her past and solve mysteries in the present.

Based on the extraordinary true story of Kate Warne, this fast-paced adventure recounts feats of daring and danger … including saving the life of Abraham Lincoln.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hannigan keeps a strong narrative hand on the several stories she has going on simultaneously…Nell—strong-willed yet scared, tough but needy—makes a solid heroine.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Hannigan makes skillful use of period details, bringing the novel’s threads together in a nail-biting conclusion. Nell is a fearless, no-nonsense heroine, and her dry-witted narration drives this rollicking historical escapade.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Nell is an irrepressible character: spirited, thoughtful, and intuitive…Recommend to readers who enjoy adventure, history, and stories featuring independent, strong-minded girls.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A rousing fictional account of the remarkable career of a pioneering woman.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “In a voice laden with gusto and grit…Lakin’s performance repertoire makes for good listening. Her feisty portrayal of Nell also has heartfelt moments of wisdom, cheer, and sadness, especially in her letters to her friend, Jemma. Aunt Kate is as icy as they come as she strives to keep tradecraft to herself, and Lakin’s Scots brogue brings credibility to Mr. Allan Pinkerton.”


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About the Author

Kate Hannigan, a former journalist with the San Francisco Chronicle and the Dallas Morning News, works as an online editor and writer in Chicago, where she lives with her husband and three children. An active blogger and dangerous home cook, Kate enjoys carefree Michigan summers, riding bikes, picking blueberries, and chasing fireflies.