These Shallow Graves
by Jennifer Donnelly
One of the best young adult books I have read this year, Donnelly is a master of mystery, creating a world that is totally believable—in this case, 1888 New York City—and keeping the action fast paced.
Jo Montfort is at a boarding school when she is called home suddenly because her father has died after accidentally shooting himself while cleaning his gun. Jo even hears whispers that it was a suicide. After visiting the offices of her father’s newspaper, she overhears another theory: murder. Jo dreams of being an investigative reporter like Nellie Bly, and she eagerly teams up with Eddie, another reporter reluctant to take her on. Jo is on a mission to uncover the truth, but can she keep up her high-society ways, and impending engagement, while also digging around for clues?
The truth has a funny way of finding its way to the surface.