To Write a Wrong
by Jen Turano
Series: The Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency #2
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date August 3, 2021
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: New York Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Miss Daphne Beekman is a mystery writer by day, inquiry agent by night. Known for her ability to puzzle out plots, she prefers working behind the scenes for the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency, staying well away from danger. However, Daphne soon finds herself in the thick of an attempted murder case she's determined to solve.
Mr. Herman Henderson is also a mystery writer, but unlike the dashing heroes he pens, he lives a quiet life, determined to avoid the fate of his adventurous parents, who perished on an expedition when he was a child. But when he experiences numerous attempts on his life, he seeks out the services of the eccentric Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency to uncover the culprit. All too soon, Herman finds himself stepping out of the safe haven of his world and into an adventure he never imagined.
As the list of suspects grows and sinister plots are directed Daphne's way as well, Herman and Daphne must determine who they can trust and if they can risk the greatest adventure of all: love.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: To Steal a Heart
To Write a Wrong has an clever plot with humorous incidents. The interactions between Daphne and Herman were enjoyable. And Daphne’s penchant for swooning was cute and not overdone.
Daphne’s attempts at disguising her identity as the wildly popular writer of mysteries only added to her charm. Whenever anyone began to suspect her reason for taking such copious notes or for her interest in grammar and word usage, she attempted to hide behind the claim of being a poet.
Jen Turano did well in taking a comedic element and carrying it through – in this case, the ridiculous bustles that she wore as part of her disguise. The way they continued to play a significant role in the events was both cute and awkward for Herman at the same time!
There is a strong theme of the need for women’s rights. This included calling out the danger young ladies were in due to men attempting to take advantage of them. This was handled well and was not overly uncomfortable due to an excessive number of details shared.
While reading To Steal a Heart, also by Jen Turano, I noticed she used a lot of dialog to tell the story. And that it felt very overdone. I found that here as well, making sections of the story seem much longer than necessary and overwhelming the action. Some extra long sentences and awkward phrases distracted me from the story. To be fair, the copy I read was a pre-publication copy, so some of these may have been corrected before the actual release.
To Write a Wrong is a clean historical romance (aside from the mentions of the dangers to young ladies mentioned above). There is a hint of spiritual matters, though they are not prominent, nor even a theme of the story. Nothing is there to consider it a Christian romance as listed on retail sites.