Girl in Disguise by Greer MacAllister 320 pages (due out March, 2017. I read a galley)
"For the first female Pinkerton detective, respect is hard to come by. Danger, however, is not."
Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective and a widow with a knack for manipulation, descends into numerous undercover operations in the years of the Civil War. Based in Chicago, she can infiltrate the city in ways that her fellow detectives can't, which makes her an asset to Pinkerton. However, to be a good agent also means leading a pretty lonely life.
This book was inspired by the real story of Kate Warne, and definitely captures her fiercely independent spirit. To do what she did took a lot of determination, intelligence and wit. The author does a nice job of bringing Kate to life, along with the setting of Chicago in the 1860s. The political turmoil of the time definitely underscores the danger that Kate and her fellow agents faced. I found this book to be a good read, and definitely an interesting story. Kate is believable and I found it easy to imagine her in her adventures.