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Death at Hull House

(Emily Cabot Mysteries #2)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  20 reviews
In this well-plotted sequel to "Death at the Fair," Emily Cabot finds work at Hull House, the famous settlement established by Jane Addams. There she quickly becomes involved in the political and social problems of the immigrant community. But when a man who works for a sweatshop owner is murdered in the Hull House parlor, Emily must determine whether one of her colleagues ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Allium Press of Chicago
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Mary Burns
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book kept me entertained right through a cross-country flight. In the field of historical fiction I rate it high because of the combination of research and imagination fellow Allium author Frances McNamara brings to the characters and the story. She uses her main character, Emily Cabot, to weave together strands from the history of Chicago at the turn of the century, including the class tensions, the exploited workers, and most fascinatingly to me, how poor working conditions led to the spr ...more
Rebecca May
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book because it interweaves a fictional plot with real historical people and settings, which I find intriguing. But the book needed better editing. The lack of commas is horribly distracting for me, the pace is slowed by wordiness, and the dialogue suffers from an unwillingness to use contractions. I like the portrayal of Jane Addams and Hull House.
Jonna Higgins-Freese
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, love this series. Can't wait for the third one! ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fiction interwoven with historical facts. I liked the characters and would read additional books by this author.
Dec 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes historical mystery fiction
I won this book from goodreads first reads program. This is a sequel, but could be read on its own. I picked the first novel Death at the Fair from my local library and fell right into the Chicago's World's Fair.

This is a historical mystery that takes place at the end of the 19th century. Ms. McNamara does an excellent job in describing our heroine Emily who is a strong outspoken woman foraging a life after she was dismissed by the newly found University of Chicago. She had been earning a MS in
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the second in a series of cerebral mysteries by Frances McNamara. Emily Cabot fresh off solving the murder her friend and professor was charged with now faces expulsion and disgrace. The newly credited women's graduate school at the University of Chicago cannot tolerate such an impulsive and independent woman as Emily Cabot and so even though her dean and some professors stand up for her, Emily is expelled and sent in disgrace to work at Hull House and try to redeem herself.

She is promi
Mar 09, 2010 added it
After Emily Cabot is expelled from the University of Chicago for actions occurring while clearing a man unjustly accused of murder, she obtains a position at Hull House assisting Jane Addams. Soon after she moves in, a man who had come to see her is found bludgeoned to death at Hull House. Concerned that her younger brother may be involved as he was seen leaving the room the day of the murder, she assists the detective in charge of the investigation. Her brother is convinced that the man who mur ...more
Dec 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Death at Hull House is a Historical Mystery set in the late 1800's in Chicago, at the infamous Hull house. Emily Cabot, Recently expelled from the University of Chicago is set to work at Hull house. Soon she is involved in a murder , when a man is found dead at Hull house. The residents are suspect along with her brother. Not only is she trying to solve this murder she is up against the small pox epidemic, trying to save and educate as many people as she can.

Well written, Murder at Hull House is
Apr 02, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the second in a series of three about Emily Cabot a young--and one of the first--female teachers at the U. of Chicago who gets involved in a number of off campus mysteries which because of the times, 1893, get her dismissed from the school and assigned to Hull House to work with Jane Adams. Here she becomes aware of the difficulties faced by the lower half of the social stratum and learns a great respect for them. This is a historical novel as well, taking us through the sweatshops of th ...more
Emily Cabot, expelled from the University of Chicago, takes her interest in social work to Hull House, where she's to help Jane Addams publish information connected from the neighborhood. When the dead body of a sweatshop overseer is found in the Hull House parlor, some of the residents come under suspicion. Neighborhood feelings run high against the social workers and physicians when a smallpox epidemic strikes. Emily fears her feckless brother is involved in the death and also struggles with h ...more
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Similar to Death at the Fair: first-person narration by a young female grad student in Chicago in 1893. This time, she is working with Jane Addams at Hull House during the small pox epidemic. It's fun to think about hobnobbing with Addams and her cohorts, but reading about the hard lives of the people they are serving and what an uphill battle it is to affect any change in conditions is rough - again, the author doesn't sugar-coat the realities of the time. Solving the murder seems somewhat inco ...more
Jan 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this Historical novel taking place in Chicago in the famous settlement established by Jane Addams. The Confluence of the times, the small pox epidemic and a mystery made the novel both interesting and fun to read. The flow of the writing in places was a little choppy, but well worth getting through.
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a good historical fiction book. However, it was a little long for me.
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun for me because of the Southside and Jane Addams connections.
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-2013
I enjoyed this book - I like the history that is provided about Chicago - and the endings of McNamara's books are not always predictable which is great! ...more
L & D
Dec 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-good, first-reads
Prose was over written and over worked. Dull and lifeless.
Nicole N
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I found it interesting and well written. I recommend it.
Linda S.
Apr 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
Well written and well researched.
Arletta Dawdy
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read for the Hull House and Jane Addams connections.
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Very enjoyable read, meeting famous and influencial Chicagoans of the past. Well researched and interesting.
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Frances McNamara grew up in Boston, where her father served as Police Commissioner for ten years. She has degrees from Mount Holyoke and Simmons Colleges, and formerly worked as a librarian at the University of Chicago. When not working or writing she can be found sailing on the Charles River in Boston or beaching on Cape Cod.

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