Book Review of “The Lost Girl of Astor Street”

I feel honoured to be part of the blog tour for Stephanie Morrill’s book  The Lost Girl of Astor Street.


Stephanie Morrill’s novel really does have it all – the historic feel of 1920’s Chicago, a mystery full of twists and turns, an intriguing heroine and several interesting characters.
It is a fascinating portrayal of Chicago – of speakeasies and mobs, of the fashions and society or the era. It draws you in and makes you feel you were there.

As we come to know Piper Sail, we get drawn into the mystery of her friend Lydia’s disappearance. As Piper struggles to find her best friend, she is joined by Mariano Cassano, a handsome detective who is eager to help her.

I found the book hard to put down, trying to discover the truth behind the disappearance and to find out what had happened to Lydia. I wanted to know more about Piper and the men involved in her life- from her father (a mob lawyer) to her friend Walter, but especially Mariano. It was definitely a page-turner, one I couldn’t put down until I (almost) solved the mystery.
I hope there will be more stories about Piper. She has the makings of an intriguing detective.
I highly recommend this YA mystery novel. See if you can solve the mystery!

Book Summary:

Lydia has vanished.

Lydia, who’s never broken any rules, except falling in love with the wrong boy. Lydia, who’s been Piper’s best friend since they were children. Lydia, who never even said good-bye.

Convinced the police are looking in all the wrong places, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail begins her own investigation in an attempt to solve the mystery of Lydia’s disappearance. With the reluctant help of a handsome young detective, Piper goes searching for answers in the dark underbelly of 1924 Chicago, determined to find Lydia at any cost.

When Piper discovers those answers might stem from the corruption strangling the city—and quite possibly lead back to the doors of her affluent neighborhood—she must decide how deep she’s willing to dig, how much she should reveal, and if she’s willing to risk her life of privilege for the sake of the truth.

From the glitzy homes of the elite to the mob-run streets of 1920s Chicago, Stephanie Morrill’s jazz-age mystery shows just how far a girl will go to save her friend.

About the Author:


Stephanie Morrill is the creator of and the author of several young adult novels, including the historical mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street. Despite loving cloche hats and drop-waist dresses, Stephanie would have been a terrible flapper because she can’t do the Charleston and looks awful with bobbed hair. She and her near-constant ponytail live in Kansas City with her husband and three kids.

Visit Stephanie Morrill blog here.

Order The Lost Girl of Astor Street  here.

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