Whispers In The Reading Room

Paperback | November 10, 2015

byShelley Gray

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Lydia’s job at the library is her world—until a mysterious patron catches her eye . . . and perhaps her heart.

Just months after the closure of the Chicago World’s Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does.

Only when he rescues her in the lobby of the Hartman Hotel does she discover that his name is Sebastian Marks. She also discovers that he lives at the top of the prestigious hotel and that most everyone in Chicago is intrigued by him.

Lydia and Sebastian form a fragile friendship, but when she discovers that Mr. Marks isn’t merely a very wealthy gentleman, but also the proprietor of an infamous saloon and gambling club, she is shocked.

Lydia insists on visiting the club one fateful night and suddenly is a suspect to a murder. She must determine who she can trust, who is innocent, and if Sebastian Marks—the man so many people fear—is actually everything her heart believes him to be.

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Lydia’s job at the library is her world—until a mysterious patron catches her eye . . . and perhaps her heart.Just months after the closure of the Chicago World’s Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a singl...

Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best seller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Colorado and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in S...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 0.96 inPublished:November 10, 2015Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Whispers in the Reading Room was Worth the Read! Whispers in the Reading Room Shelley Gray Book Summary: Lydia’s job at the library is her world—until a mysterious patron catches her eye . . . and perhaps her heart. Just months after the closure of the Chicago World’s Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does. Only when he rescues her in the lobby of the Hartman Hotel does she discover that his name is Sebastian Marks. She also discovers that he lives at the top of the prestigious hotel and that most everyone in Chicago is intrigued by him. Lydia and Sebastian form a fragile friendship, but when she discovers that Mr. Marks isn’t merely a very wealthy gentleman, but also the proprietor of an infamous saloon and gambling club, she is shocked. Lydia insists on visiting the club one fateful night and suddenly is a suspect to a murder. She must determine who she can trust, who is innocent, and if Sebastian Marks—the man so many people fear—is actually everything her heart believes him to be. Review: This was a great book! Although I am reading it out of order it was a stand alone and nothing was revealed to ruin the previous books when I get around to reading them. I really liked all the characters, although Lydia’s mother was difficult they were well written. The characters had flaws, like real people. This story held enough suspense that it kept my interest, yet as always Shelley Gray is a great writer and I have not yet read a book of hers that I did not like. I am looking forward to reading the first two books. I would like to thank Net Galley and Zondervan Fiction for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An awesome cozy mystery Review by Mirella Patzer Also visit my other blog: History and Women This is a charming cozy mystery set in the era of the Chicago's World's Fair, the third book in a series. This novel stands alone and one does not need to read the previous two books to get the full benefit. I think this book captures many things which appealed to me - a charismatic heroine/librarian, an enigmatic hero who is endearing but comes with a secret or two, and of course, an intriguing murder mystery. The story unfolds at a steady pace and is an easy read, and it kept me rooting for Lydia and Sebastian and the romance that was developing between them despite the darkness of the murder. The author did an excellent job of building in atmosphere and creating likable characters. The novel has a light air to it, nothing to heavy or provocative or controversial. I liked the fact that the story didn't glamorize Chicago. Rather, we got to see some of the seedier side of the infamous city. It had a good mix of good and bad and rich and poor. I liked this book a lot. It's a wonderful cozy mystery/romance for curling up in front of the fire on a cold winter's night. Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Oh mercy -- if you are looking for a hero to swoon over, Sebastian Marks is your man. I melted into a puddle of goo a number of times while reading Whispers in the Reading Room. I mean who can resist a man who loves books and libraries? And the kicker is that Sebastian isn't your classic hero material. He runs a gambling hall for goodness sakes! And while his ability to drag himself up from the dregs of society is commendable, his methods of success are questionable. But Gray makes it work -- largely because of the insights we glean from Sebastian's visits to the reading room. The contrast between the literary man who finds solace in the company of books and the rough and exacting taskmaster at his club is absolutely intriguing. Is it any wonder that he catches Lydia's eye? He's not the usual run-of-the-mill library patron, that's for sure. Without ever saying a word to one another they manage to create an alluring intimacy of awareness from the very first page. Delicious toe-curling stuff. An unlikely friendship slowly develops. Sebastian is intrigued by Lydia's unusual mix of wide-eyed innocence and striking intelligence. She's lived most of her life in the pages of books and he suddenly appears offering her abundant real-life adventures. Once again, Gray throws her characters into Chicago's darker underbelly. Something sinister is going on, there's mystery and murder afoot and Sebastian finds himself in the role of protector, Lydia the damsel in distress that needs rescuing. But soon lines become blurred and it's no longer clear who is rescuing whom. Because Lydia grabs hold of his heart and challenges him to believe in the kind of future he never dared dream of. The third and final book in A Chicago's World Fair Mystery series. Reads wonderfully well as a standalone, but if you have read Sloane House and Deception on Sable Hill, you'll be thrilled to meet up with police detectives Sean Ryan and Owen Howard. My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group and Zondervan for providing me with a copy of this book.
Date published: 2015-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Final View of the Chicago's Worlds Fair Shelley Gray has gifted us with one more story with the backdrop of the Chicago World’s Fair. We meet some of the people from previous books, mainly our favorite policemen, who are vigilantly doing their duty. This books focuses on Lydia, a sweet, smart, young woman, whom her mother’s focus is to pull them out of the poverty after the death of her father left them in, with a good society marriage. I felt rather sorry for Lydia, she was put in an awkward position, but that is the root of this story. Now Sebastian Marks has pulled himself up from the boot straps to be rather well off, after growing up in the ghetto, and now owns a Gentlemen’s Club. Now what would these two ever have in common, besides the love of books? We do get to visit the fair grounds that are now pretty well closed up, especially after the fires, and most of the exhibits have packed up. We travel with Sebastian and Lydia and enjoy what is left of the buildings through the eyes of these two, and it made me wish I could have seen it in person. Come along for another great mystery on the streets of Chicago, and be ready for some fear for the safety of these people, and they may just be accused of murder. Wow! You will root for these two to have a relationship, and there is another couple we also want to unite, come and enjoy this read and get lost in their lives. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review
Date published: 2015-11-12

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'Gray is a master at integrating rich details and historical accuracies to create an engaging tale that will take the reader back in time, Strong secondary characters are well integrated. It is a shame to see this series end.' - 4 starred