City of Light by Lauren Belfer
City of Light is set in 1901 in Buffalo. The advent of electricity and
the Pan World Exposition are setting the city ablaze in glory. There is
much excitement and Buffalo is a happening place.
headmistress (Louisa Barrett) of an upper crust girls' school is
godmother to industrialist Tom Sinclair's daughter. She does not know
what to do when an important man is found dead in Delaware Park. Is
Sinclair involved? Was it suicide, accident or murder?
Sinclair is in charge of the bringing on board of further electrical
power. He would like to share it with the world. Of course, some want
only businesses to have electricity and others do not want it at all as
it will use up all the water in the Niagara River.
I did not
know that Buffalo was such a gem of a city. What on earth happened? I
loved this story with its intrigue and beautiful descriptions of a
bygone era and city.
First Line: "On the first Monday in March 1901, in the early evening when the sound of sleigh bells filled the air, a student unexpectedly knocked at my door."