In early 1900s New York, Sarah Brandt works as a midwife, mostly helping the poor and unfortunate. Lately, Sarah's thoughts have been consumed with the mystery of her latest patient, Miss Grace Linton, a mentally handicapped teenager who is pregnant. Her parents insist that Grace never spends time alone with any men, and most of her outings are to her church, in the company of her mother.

Sarah and her friend, Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy, pay a visit to Grace's church, where they encounter enigmatic minister Upchurch, a man who has helped many of the community's fatherless boys. But Sarah and Frank sense that something is disturbingly wrong at the church.

Thompson explores the hidden secrets of New York's early 20th-century upper crust as well as the poverty faced by the less fortunate. The mystery behind Grace's pregnancy is intricately woven into the entire fabric of this novel, which hints at a romantic relationship between Sarah and Frank. Readers will eagerly anticipate the next installment in this series. (Jun., 304 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick