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The Weary God of Ancient Travelers

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Who is Lydia Warren? That's what she'd like to know. An amnesiac, she vaguely remembers arriving in Santorini with this one-armed man she instinctive trusts but cannot recall his name. She guides us through the fog that is her mind, and her odyssey towards understanding that is even further complicated by memories of a life not her own from before she was born.

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Published June 15th 2021
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Jason Pettus
2021 reads, #32. This is the latest release from our friends at D.X. Varos, and it's a bit of an unusual one, in that it largely eschews the press's normal supernatural elements to instead tell the tale of a woman suffering from Convenient Amnesia*, and her efforts to figure out what exactly the dark story is that her brain is literally hiding from her for her own well-being, as she stumbles her way through a half-vacation, half-fact-finding trip to Athens, Greece, in the years right before the ...more
Jun 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Set in bustling and raucous Chicago in the nineteenth century, this book is about more than "merely" murder and greasing palms. The author also includes historical details such as the coverture law, ambrotypes, role of the night soil workers and the massive Cosby's Opera House.

In an era when the majority of women are homemakers, detective Quinn takes people off guard and I think she enjoys their discomfiture! Her colleague Garnick recognizes the need for a woman's presence and skill set so they
Katie Bogdan
3 stars

From the beginning, Devil by the Tail draws you into the colorful world of post-Civil War Chicago with a tale of corruption, murder, and sex. Matthews does an excellent job of bringing the story to life through well-researched historical details and carefully woven layers of mystery.

While I enjoyed Devil by the Tail for the most part, there were definitely some issues for me. Matthews writes in a very matter-of-fact way that really works for the mystery aspect of the novel, but blocks of
Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jeanne Matthews new book, Devil by the Tail, is excellent. Quinn Sinclair and Garnick are partners in a private detective agency in post-Civil War Chicago. The corruption at all levels of government and law enforcement is on full display in this mystery. Quinn is a widow trying to get her share of her late husband's estate from her well to do in-laws. The lawyer she has hired has a deal - help him with a case and he will not charge her for anymore meetings with her impossible MIL. Quinn knows th ...more
Devon Stringer
Jun 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It's totally not a time period I would normally reach for (post American Civil War set in Chicago) but I am sooooo glad I did. The characters are excellent (favorites were Quinn and Lou, the brothel madam!) the pacing superb and the mystery was actually one that I didn't solve until the threads beautifully came together in the narrative (extremely unusual for me and mysteries! Jeanne Matthews nailed it!). I didn't want to put it down and blew threw it in a day and a ...more
Jun 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
The year is 1867, meet Garnick & Paschal Private Detectives – Garnick, ex-Confederated soldier, and Mrs. Paschal, a graduate of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, who really is Quinn Sinclair. Still in the early stages of their detecting, two cases really turn out to be one case? A great start to what I hope with many more adventures. I loved the way Jeanne Matthews describes the characters, police, politicians, prostitutes, … Fast paced read, laugh out loud at the expressions used (I so love the w ...more
Sharon Brewer
Aug 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Net galley and D.X. Varos, Ltd. for the chance to read and review this book. The opinions expressed are my own.

I enjoyed this book! It is a mystery story that takes place in 19th Century Chicago. Quinn Sinclair, a Union war bride and Garnick, a former Rebel POW, decide to become partners and open a detective agency. I really liked the setting and all the details of this time period. The author did a good job making me feel like I was really there.
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