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Murder Between the Lines

(Kitty Weeks Mystery #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  437 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Intrepid journalist Kitty Weeks returns to unearth a murderous conspiracy in this WWI saga

In the second book in the acclaimed Kitty Weeks Mystery series, Kitty is tasked with writing a story about Westfield Hall, a prestigious girls' boarding school. Tragedy strikes when a student named Elspeth is found frozen to death in Central Park. The doctors proclaim that the gi
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Murder Between the Lines is book two in the Kitty Weeks series and I have yet read book one. However, I found this book pretty easy to get into. Kitty Weeks lives with her father and works as a journalist, which economically she doesn't need to do since her father is financially stable. However, working as a journalist is something that she has aspired to do.

In this book is making a reportage about the prestigious boarding school Westfield Hall and there she gets to know a young brig
Cindy Burnett
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley

I thoroughly enjoyed Murder Between the Lines. I had not read the first book in the series and easily picked up the story with book two. Capability “Kitty” Weeks is a highly engaging and original protagonist who struggles to exert her independence while navigating the strictures society places on wealthy young women in 1915. Radha Vatsal makes Kitty likeable and strong-willed while still allowing her to wrestle with how society views women and the erroneous views held by men (even Harvard profes
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, it was a fairly enjoyable read. The mystery had a lot of potential and was a very interesting topic. However, the plot seemed to stall towards the end. I am also beginning to lose my enthusiasm for Kitty's character that I had in the first book. For me, her character is inconsistent and by the end, was getting on my nerves. Perhaps I am judging her from a "modern" perspective but I didn't feel this way after I finished A Front Page Affair.

I am looking forward to the next book in the se
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, arc, e-books
An outstanding historical mystery set in in 1915 before the United States enter World War 1. The historical information has been researched and I learn a lot of new information about the time. Kitty Weeks aka Capability is a journalist for the New Your Sentinel 's Lady page interviews girls at a prestigious boarding school. She meets Elspeth's who is interested in science. Later Kitty reads an obituary of her death by sleepwalking and she feels something is wrong. As Kitty investigates she find ...more
Capability "Kitty" Weeks has been assigned to write a story on Westfield Hall, a progressive young ladies' academy. Kitty has fond memories of her own school days and is impressed with some of the subjects the students are learning, such as chemistry. When Kitty meets brilliant chemistry student Elspeth Bright, she is intrigued. Sensing the principal keeps the girls on a short leash, Kitty arranges to interview Elspbeth privately at a later date, hoping to convince Miss Busby to run a story on t ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
Journalist Kitty Weeks is intrigued when a student from Westfield Hall, an exclusive girls’ school in New York City, is found frozen to death from sleepwalking outdoors the night before. Could her research into submarine batteries have led to foul play? On the eve of war, the country needs a safe way to power these vessels, and this factor could be crucial. Then President Wilson comes to town, and the women’s suffrage movement tries to get his support. When a second girl dies, an explosion occur ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
I have not read/listened to book 1, and I know that I often say it, but honestly, here it truly works as a stand alone. The author smoothly sets the reader into Kitty's life and it is like we always were there lurking.

Kitty is 19 and works as a reporter at a woman's page at a magazine. Sure, she does not get paid and she works half days, but she loves it! She wants to be real reporter, in this man's world. She is curious, nice and young. I liked that it really shows that she is 19 at
Elaine Tomasso
I would like to thank Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS Landmark for an advance copy of Murder Between The Lines, the second book to feature girl reporter, Capability "Kitty" Weeks.

It is late 1915 and America is gearing up for "preparedness" and at the same time the suffragette movement is gaining pace. In the middle of this Kitty is sent to Westfield Hall school to write a piece on it for The Sentinel's Ladies Page. While there she meets pupil Elspeth Bright who interests her with her scien
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Capability "Kitty" Weeks a feature female reporter, in 1915, is assigned to write a feature about Westfield Hall boarding school. But when one of the students is found dead Kitty decides to investigate.
I unfortunately found it difficult to get really involved in the story, I just about liked it, but not a great deal. Also I am not too sure that I cared much for Kitty, she wants to be a serious reporter but seems still too reliant on a rich father rather than herself. As this is only the se
Lisa Richards
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This book had two of my favorite things-mystery and pre-World War I New York. I adore a book that while getting me totally lost in a murder mystery will also take me on a trip to the early 1900's in New York City. I love seeing the awesome clothes and visiting the sites throughout NY City. This book was chock full of history that often had me going to my laptop to check out and read more in depth on. I haven't read the first book in this series which in no way lessened my enjoyment of it but I d ...more
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could definitely tell that this book was set in the early 1900's. The women wearing their gloves and not allowed to go out without an escort. Oh, the shame. The author did a great job with that, I really felt like I was back in that era. And poor Kitty when she thought she was going to be found out at a women's suffragette meeting and her father told. The girl was a working women and of age! So glad I wasn't living in those times.

I enjoyed reading this book, however, a teenage girl
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite thing about this was how well Vatsal evoked the feeling of 1915. There's a lot of historical information here about the women's suffrage and Woodrow Wilson and early 20th century battery building and submarines and girl's boarding schools and old time-y medicine and it's all relayed in a very user friendly way. This information is skillfully integrated into the engaging mystery plot and written in a way that isn't overwhelming or info dumpy.

The characters aren't very deep but Vatsal
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Three and a half stars...second in a newish series which is well-researched and provides an interesting mystery as well; will look forward to reading #3.
Sally Sutton
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another light read but we'll written and I enjoyed it.
J. Roslyn
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In her second Kitty Weeks novel, Rhada Vatsal again takes us back to the 1910s, a tumultuous time in U.S. history, where women are demanding the long promised right to vote, and, as World War I bloodies Europe, the American government and defense industries are quietly preparing for war.

Set in 1915, New York City, "Murder Between the Lines," depicts an America that, on the surface, appears to be as it has been for decades. Kitty Weeks, the daughter of a wealthy man who simultaneously
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The year is 1915, Capability (Kitty) Weeks works as a reporter on the women's page of the New York Sentinel. She lives with her widowed father in a very comfortable apartment. Her life is a life of luxury compared to many people of the day.
One of her stories will be a report on a boarding school for the daughters of wealthy parents. While at the school, Kitty meets a girl devoted to science and a girl who desires to be a reporter. Both these girls make impressions on Kitty because of their
Maureen Lubitz
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Murder Between the Lines is the second book in Radha Vatsal’s Kitty Weeks mystery series. These books take place during World War I- but before the United States has entered the war. Kitty is a young woman who works as a newspaper reporter for the Ladies’ Page of The New York Sentinel. She doesn’t intend to become a detective, but her dedication
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part of a series which I did not know about, this book was a good stand alone one which did not detract from its story or the series.

Set at the very end of 1915 and going into January of 1916 it depicts an era of change in America like it was all around the world especially for women. We have Kitty Weeks employed as a journalist, but in her father's eyes it is more or less a hobby. He wanted her to do this job without pay as she did not need the money at all and for Kitty it was more
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm happy to say that Murder Between the Lines is even better than Vatsal’s A Front Page Affair, the first in the series. This time young New York Sentinel Ladies' Page reporter Capability "Kitty" Weeks is writing a story about a Westfield Hall, an exclusive girls' school in New York City in 1915.

Kitty is delighted to speak with Elspeth Bright, a student whose interest in science is ahead of her time. When Elspeth is found dead in Central Park, the result of her freezing to death dur
Murder Between the Lines is the second novel by Radha Vassal about Kitty Weeks, a beginning journalist in an age when the rare female journalist is by default a writer for the women’s pages. The setting is 1915-1916, the U.S. has not yet entered the Great War, Woodrow Wilson is president, and women do not have the right to vote.

The “Kitty” in the first third of the book is a flat, undeveloped character. At first I thought this problem was a reflection of the way women were treated by men
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Despite this being a slow reading month for me that is no reflection on this book. Kitty is quickly becoming another favourite of mine. This time her adventure begins at a private school Westfield as she interviews the headmistress and students for the ladies page at the Sentinel. During her short time there she meets promising scientist Elspeth Bright and arranges to meet her at a later date. Following their meeting Kitty leaves with a sense of hope and optimism for the future. Sadly Elspeth is ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I am just amazed at the research that the author has done in writing this book. I was born and raised in the United States and studied American history in high school and college and still had not idea of some of the things she talked about in her book. This is the second book in the series I have read and I highly recommend both to anyone who likes historical fiction with a murder to solve.
Kitty Weeks is tasked with writing a story about Westfield Hall, a prestigious girls’ boarding schoo
I love historical fiction and detective novels and am excited to review the latest Kitty Weeks mystery. Like Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple, Radha Vatsal's Kitty Weeks is a journalist for a women's magazine working around the time of WWI and the years thereafter. While Daisy lost the family estate when her father and brother died and the fortune passed to the next male heir, Kitty Weeks lives in luxury in Manhattan with her widowed father. Kitty's social connections and wealth allow her to access ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Kitty Weeks as a reporter in the first book, A Front Page Affair, and was not sure how she was going to continue in the second book. Women reporters were restricted to the society pages, not allowed to do hard news stories. So an assignment to report on an all girls' school. Westfield Hall in NYC, doesn't sound like much. She expects to see the usual French and dancing in an orderly manner as was expected in 1915.

However, Elspeth Bright, the daughter of a scientist involved in naval t
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitty Weeks, intrepid reporter for the Ladies' Page of the New York Sentinel, is assigned to do a profile of an exclusive young ladies boarding school. While there, she meets an intriguing young woman who is a budding physicist/chemist. She is the only daughter of a scientist who serves on a national committee that vets technology for the military. When that same young woman is found dead in the snow on the day after Christmas, Kitty determines to discover why she died. Did it have to do with th ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another winner is my opinion. If you enjoy history and mystery this series is for you. Many have commented that they often get frustrated with Kitty but the reader must remember Capability was a woman of her times. She was daring in that she worked for a newspaper of all things when most women of her class did not work but waited for a suitable husband to come along. And she is just 19 years old. I have enjoyed both books in this series and I have learned some things about history that I did not ...more
Virginia Winfield
This is the first book that I read by Radha Vatsal. It will not be my last. I loved the way this book flowed. This takes place before the beginning of WWI and has us learning more about the women's suffrage movement. Kitty Weeks is a reporter for the New York Sentinel's Ladies Page. It is mostly fluff pieces but she is getting to do a bit more serious stuff by interviewing members of the suffrage movement and learning about a girls boarding school. While interviewing people at the boarding schoo ...more
Cindy Ladensack
I'm wavering between three and four stars for this one. It was a quick, enjoyable read, very well-researched and insightful. But what gnawed at me was that the main characters--Kitty, Mrs Busby, Mr Weeks--just seemed to be somewhat wishy-washy or inconsistent in their actions. Mr Weeks can't decide whether to be supportive of Kitty. Mrs Busby can't decide whether she wants to be strict or the page to be progressive. And Kitty seems inconsistent in several ways: her reactions to her father's girl ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the 1915 historical series and can be read as a stand alone. Kitty Weeks is a young woman who wants to be a journalist while society says she should get married, stay at home and raise her children. That's not for Kitty and, fortunately, her father respects her wishes. The mystery surrounds the death of a boarding school student, found frozen to death near her home. It is called a tragic accident but Kitty thinks otherwise and sets out to find the truth. I love well wr ...more
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Radha Vatsal grew up in Mumbai, India, and came to the United States to attend boarding school when she was sixteen. Her fascination with the 1910s began when she studied women filmmakers and action-film heroines of silent cinema at Duke University, where she earned her Ph.D. from the English Department. A Front Page Affair is her first novel. Radha lives with her husband and two daughters in New ...more

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