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Deception on Sable Hill

(Chicago World's Fair Mystery #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  985 ratings  ·  171 reviews
The World’s Fair is nearing its end, but the danger in Chicago lingers.

It's mid-September of 1893 and Eloisa Carstairs is the reigning beauty of Gilded Age Chicago society. To outsiders she appears to have it all. But Eloisa is living with a dark secret. Several months ago, she endured a horrible assault at the hands of Douglass Sloane, heir to one of Chicago's wealthiest
Paperback, 325 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Zondervan
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It took me a bit to get my mind wrapped around this story... Give me a break, though, it's been a year and over 100 books since I read Secrets of Sloane House! And I also did not read the book blurb before diving in. I'm sure that would have helped. Lol! ;)

Anyway, once I did get into the story (which didn't really take that long), I loved it! I loved the characters and the setting and the mystery... I was drawn into the story and could barely make myself put the book down. And I didn't figure ou
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Deception on Sable Hill is the second book of the Chicago World's Fair Mystery Series.

I enjoyed this one even more than the first of the series (Secrets of Sloane House). Deception on Sable Hill is mainly about Eloisa, Chicago's darling that was hurt in the first book of the series. While her love story with Sean bloomed beautifully, I would have enjoyed reading a bit more about her growth in her spiritual journey. A secondary story in the novel was regarding Katie, Sean's sister and Owen, Sean'
For a novel with “mystery” in the series title, I was expecting a bit more mystery than appears on the back cover copy. Basically that’s it—women getting slashed, by a guy who seems to know society people intimately but who hates them. No clues to put together. No explanation of motive, no mention of how the culprit would know these women so intimately. The number of victims even seemed to change depending on who was mentioning it. No detail as to how a stranger could enter, slash/kill, and vani ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
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My experience with Shelley Gray's Deception on Sable Hill can be summed up in the single word: snoozefest. I know that is blunt and I'm dreadfully sorry, but I'm not known for beating round the bush and I don't intend to start now. I call it like I see it and the second installment of the Chicago World's Fair Mystery series had me sawing logs.

First things first, if you haven't read book one, stop reading this instant and dir
Rachel McMillan
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a lighter mystery with undercurrents of a much darker subject. While the "Slasher" of Chicago, during the time around the World's Fair, preys on society ladies, so recently abused heiress Eloisa fights with a life meted out for her--- of lavish parties and eligible gentlemen--even as she believes that she has been soiled for it by the sinister deed of Douglass Sloane. Her interactions with Sean Ryan of the police department and his investigations into the identity of the Slasher introduc ...more
Cathy Cermele
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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The much anticipated second book in a Chicago World's Fair Mystery.

Mystery, intrigue and romance, this book has it all and is just one more example of why I'm a huge fan of Shelley Gray.

The relationship between Eloisa Carstairs and Detective Sean Ryan is multifaceted. There's the attraction, the forbidden aspect of their attraction due to their stations in society and the genuine love between them. This story has subplots that are equally as interesting and very well written.

Ms. Gray has an amaz
SUMMARY: The World’s Fair has introduced many new ideas to Chicago society—but can two individuals from very different backgrounds find love together?

It’s mid-September 1893 and Eloisa Carstairs is the reigning debutant of Gilded Age Chicago society. To outsiders she appears to have it all. But Eloisa is living with a dark secret. Several months ago, she endured a horrible assault at the hands of Douglass Sloane, heir to one of Chicago’s wealthiest families. Fearing the loss of her reputation, E
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Deception On Sable Hill by Shelley Gray is the second book in the Chicago World's Fair Mystery series. It was completely gripping from start to finish. Although part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. However for full enjoyment, read book one first.
Eloisa was first introduced in the previous novel, The Secrets of Sloane House, but she is the focus of this novel. Eloisa belongs to one of the richest families in Chicago. She is a popular debutante, but over the past few months has becom
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Riveting second book in the A Chicago World's Fair Mystery series. And while this one does start where the first left off (including some carry-over characters and plot) you don't need to have read the first one in order to embrace Deception on Sable Hill. And it's definitely the kind of book you want to hug! :-)

The clash of class distinction in the late 19th century is at the heart of this story. Gray portrays the challenges of change for both the wealthy and the poor in vivid emotional deta
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I only THOUGHT I was riveted by Secrets of Sloane House. And then I read Deception on Sable Hill. Could not put it down! I was delighted to spend more time with Eloisa - I frankly needed to know she was okay after what happened to her in book 1. Well, I am happy to report that Sean and his family (especially Katie!) and even Owen Howard were the perfect addition to Eloisa's world - even if society begged to disagree. In fact, the portrait painted here of the vast division of the classes is even ...more
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mature readers due to mention of some mature topics
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Riveting! This book was a breathtaking ride through Gilded Age America, as the world turned its eye on Chicago and its World's Fair. The author did a splendid job at keeping me guessing the entire way, so that each time I felt I had figured things out something happened to make me second guess! Absolutely stunning!
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Chicago, wealth, prestige, mystery, murder, intrigue, love, friendship, family and good characters sets the stage for this second in a trilogy written and crafted by the talented Shelley Gray.
Eloisa Carstairs is mentioned briefly in the first book called Secrets of Sloane House. In Deception on Sable Hill she is one of the major figures, along with Detective Sean Ryan. Through a chance meeting at a formal party their lives become intertwined as Detective Ryan tries to solve the mystery of the "
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Chicago's World Fair series by Shelley Gray. I haven't read the first one and I was glad that I didn't feel like I was missing out on any significant back story. One of the main page genres was Christian Fiction and I didn't understand why other than it was really clean (ie: no bodice ripping from the 2 romances.)

I liked the Chicago setting. That was well done. There was such a nice depiction of place and I always love that when reading historical fiction. But the
Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5 stars

Received a copy from HarperCollins/BookLooks: This did not influence my opinion/review in any way.

Eloisa Carstairs is one of the reigning beauties of the high Chicago society, but she has a secret. A couple months ago, she was assaulted by Douglass Sloane, heir to one of Chicago's most influential families. He might have died in an accident, but she has not shaken her fear of being in an enclosed space with a single man. Detective Sean Ryan has been hired to keep a watch out
Lisa Johnson
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title: Deception on Sable Hill (Chicago World’s Fair Mystery #2)
Author: Shelley Gray
Pages: 328
Year: 2015
Publisher: Zondervan
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Lieutenant Detective Sean Ryan has worked hard to gain his position on the police force. A lot of folks look down on the Irish as if they were lesser people than they are, so Sean has had to work extra hard to prove his ability to do his job. He is in charge of the Society Slasher case where a crazed criminal has been targeting wealthy, young,
Maureen Timerman
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I have so enjoyed experiencing the Chicago’s World Fair, back in 1893, and getting to know the layout and the buildings. With this story the Fair is getting ready to close, and we attend a fabulous gala with quite a send off.
We have a clash of social status here, and this book does carry on from where we left off in The Secrets of Slone House, which I recommend you read, but is not necessary to know what is happening here. This book is Eloisa Carstairs story, and there is a refresher as to what
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing

"Deception on Sable Hill" is the second of the Chicago World's Fair mysteries. Taking place in 1893, it highlights some of the changes brought about in Chicago by the influx of people who arrived in droves to view the spectacle that was the World's Fair.
The time period is also significant as it seemed to whisper that the highly regimented social classes may have been coming unraveled. Children who had been brought up in the stricter times of their parents were questioning some of the restrictiv
Jul 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
I received this book for free from GoodReads FirstReads in exchange for my honest review.

I am honestly mystified at how this book got so many sterling reviews. The writing was amateurish, the dialog was stiff and unnatural, the scene transitions were awkward, and the characters were as flat and lifeless as paper dolls. Every single plot point was spelled out for the reader in primary-colored block letters. I kept waiting for Elmo to pop up and explain the 'mystery' to me.

In the give-and-take spi
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book begged me to open its pages.
And once I did open its pages, I found myself determined to devour every last word.

I should also mention this book also caused me to hold tightly to my reading chair. But hey, that's what happens when you read a good mystery, right?

For lack of a better description, let me just say this novel is simply amazing! I was caught so off guard by the many, many surprises and shockers that happened throughout the story...

Really, I'm speechless!

I can't wait to forget
Cheryl Baranski
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
)Deception on Sable Hill, By: Shelley Gray, (The Chicago World’s Fair Mystery Series Book 2)
This book drew me in like a moth drawn to a flame! Wow, I couldn’t get enough of it. So be prepared to take an exciting trip through time to Chicago. I felt like I was part of this story, it was so well written! This is a book that will leave you craving more and more all the way through it. I had such a hard time putting this book down! Lots of twists, turns, suspense and mystery that will leave you gues
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed the first in this series, but I have to say I enjoyed this one much more! Mystery, suspense, lovely side stories all set in 1893 Chicago makes for a fabulous read.
Vikki Vaught
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the mystery. Ms. Gray kept me guessing all the way to the end. I loved the MCs and enjoyed the plot. Happy reading/listening!
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this mysterious and suspenseful story! The author did a great job of crafting a tale that kept me guessing till the very end. Deception on Sable Hill is book two in the Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series. It can definitely stand alone, however, Eloisa Carstairs is the heroine in this novel and is first introduced in book one, Secrets of Sloane House. I would recommend book one because it makes Eloisa’s tale in book two even more meaningful.

The cover is very eye catching and ad
Hallie Szott
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The follow-up to Secrets of Sloane House in Shelley Gray’s Chicago World’s Fair Mystery, Deception on Sable Hill offers another intriguing historical mystery and romance. Once again, I loved the exquisite backdrop of the 1897 World’s Fair in Chicago Gray utilizes, as well as the characters she places within it. Eloisa Carstairs and Sean Ryan take the focus of this novel, as they seem to continually cross one another’s path, despite their class differenc
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In this second book of the Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series, we travel back to September 1893. The fair is coming to a close and many celebrations are taking place. Through it all, the police are kept busy looking for the person known as the “Society Slasher” who is going around cutting the faces of “ladies”…..those of the upper class...those fortunate enough to have been born to money.

Eloise Carstairs is a very beautiful young lady with a dark secret that keeps her hidden at home on Sable H
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic reads come to those who wait. I know because I have been waiting for this book since July 2014. After reading it I can say the wait was SO worth it. Deception on Sable Hill, the second book in the Chicago World's Fair Mystery series, is just as great as the first.

Shelley Gray whisks us away to 1893 Chicago in the first line of the book as we are waltzing across parquet ballroom floors with the high society people of Chicago. Set against the backdrop of the Chicago World's Fair, this b
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
'Deception on Sable Hill' is the second in the Chicago World's Fair Mystery series by Shelley Gray. I loved the first book 'Secrets of Sloane House' and this book picks up nicely. A society slasher is on the loose in Chicago attacking ladies of the upper class and slashing their faces, sometimes murdering them. Eloisa Carstairs meets the handsome Detective Sean Ryan at a party and even though she is upper class and he is working class and Irish, a friendship begins. And Sean's partner, Owen Howa ...more
Blah, just blah. That was a struggle. I skimmed the last 50 pages. I loved the first one, there was actual mystery to it. This barely had a mystery in the background. Every now and then a girl would show up dead or injured. The police did no investigating. Rosalind did more investigating as a maid in the first novel! The story line about class distinction was first. Then the author beat you over the head with it. OVER. AND OVER. I was so sick of Sean, Eloisa, Katie, and Owen by ...more
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I just started reading this mystery and I am so hooked! I wish I could sit down to read non-stop until the end but life is getting in the way! It's a really good one!

It is just as I said, what a wonderful book! I just finished it while being teary-eyed. I loved the story and sub plots that are written so well I felt like I was there with them all, experiencing the fear, insecurity, excitement and especially the sweet love growing in spite of the differences in society.
Great job Shelley Gray! I c
Amelia R
Better than the first. Dragged a little in the middle, but picked up at the end.
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also publishes under the name Shelley Shepard Gray (Amish fiction, Christian fiction).

I live in southern Ohio with my husband, two teenagers, and two dogs. My days are filled with busy activities like most any other mom and housewife. But I also love to write books.

Each morning, after my kids go off to school, I sit at my desk, look out my window, and dream of other places. The hours fly by as I m

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