The Detective's Assistant by Kate HanniganThe Detective's Assistant by Kate Hannigan

The Detective's Assistant

byKate Hannigan

Paperback | April 5, 2016

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Based on the extraordinary true story of America's first female detective, Kate Warne, this fast-paced adventure is full of feats of daring and danger, bold action, and newfound courage.

When orphaned eleven-year-old Nell Warne arrives in Chicago, she is shocked to find that her long-lost aunt is adetectiveworking for the famous Pinkerton's National Detective agency! With nation-changing events simmering in the background as Abraham Lincoln heads for the White House, Aunt Kate is working on the biggest case of her life, and Nell quickly makes herself indispensable by cracking codes, wearing disguises, and spying on nefarious criminals. But can she also solve the case of what really happened on the night her best friend disappeared?
Kate Hannigan is the author of the Cupcake Cousins series. She is a former journalist and lives in Chicago with her family.
Title:The Detective's AssistantFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 1 inPublished:April 5, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316403490

ISBN - 13:9780316403498


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well told story that makes history accessible This is a well told story based on the true life of Kate Warne, the first woman detective of the Pinkerton Detective Agency. The character of Nell is fictional. From the first chapter, I was sucked into the story and couldn't let it go. I listened to the audio book almost non-stop. Nell is very rough around the edges and in need of someone to take her in. Her aunt Kate is a young working woman with no inkling of how to care for a child. Together they make quite the pair. The brash youngster and the refined lady. How could I not love them and root for their success at forming a family. I enjoyed learning some of the history of the Pinkerton's, the politics of 1860 and of the Underground Railroad. It was thrilling each time my home town of St. Catharines, a northern terminus of the railroad, was mentioned. I listened to the unabridged audio book as read by Christine Lakin. She did a marvellous job of the very different characters especially when Nell and Kate were working undercover. She captured the youthfulness of Nell and her brash nature. I had no trouble believing her to be that rural farm girl. Author Kate Hannigan brought the Pinkerton's to life and clearly showed both the excitement of being a detective as well as the great risks that those women and men take in that job. To learn more about the history of the Kate Warne and the Pinkerton Detective Agency, visit the Pinkerton website. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2017-05-20

Editorial Reviews

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