No matter the genre, Bray is a master. Here she tackles Manhattan in the Roaring ‘20s, and she clearly did her research. She captures the essence of the era with style, weaving copious period details into the intricate plot.
Kicked out of her Ohio hometown, Evie O’Neill is more than happy to be sent to Manhattan to stay with her uncle, who runs the “Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.” Soon Evie is partying with her best friend Mabel and Ziegfeld girl Theta, when she’s not spending time with pickpocket Sam and her uncle’s assistant, Jericho. But something dark is afoot, and murders are being committed, terrifying the city. There’s more to Evie — and Theta, Sam, Jericho and the other Diviners — than they let on. Can they harness their powers and stop the evil in time? (LITTLE, BROWN, Sep., 608 pp., $19.99, ISBN: 9780316126113, HC, 15 & Up)