IN PLACES HIDDEN is a historical and Christian mystery with a
touch of romance and a sprinkle of surprise by Tracie
Peterson. It takes place
at the turn of the century in San Francisco. Camrianne
Coulter is heading West from Chicago on a search to find her
brother, Caleb, missing for three months. Caleb always
communicated regularly with his sister and his parents and
they are concerned at his lapse and convinced something is
wrong. Both ill, her parents urge her to head to the City by
the Sea and find Caleb.
While on the train she befriends two women her age, Judith
and Kenzie who are also traveling to San Fran on their own
missions. Kenzie, left at the altar is still reeling from
the shock. Judith lost both her parents and while sorting
through their belongings finds a letter to her mother's
sister who she never knew existed. The girls decide to band
together and pool their money. Camri invites them to live at
her brother's home, which is large enough to accommodate them
all and is in a good neighborhood. They will all seek
employment, then work together to find Caleb.
Kenzie finds work at her Uncle's candy factory and
introduces Camri and Judith to him and he hires them, too.
The pay is good and they can commute by cable car. Camri
strikes out with her interrogations of Mr. and Mrs. Wong,
the Chinese Couple who keep Caleb's home. She also meets
Mr. Armbruster, Caleb's boss and she feels he is no help at
all. It is when she is introduced to handsome and Irish
Patrick Murdock that she feels she is making some progress.
Caleb successfully defended Murdock from a murder conviction
and they became friends. The attraction between Patrick and
Camri grow as they work closely together gathering clues
pointing to the disappearance of Caleb. It leads to the
infamous Barbary Coast where human trafficking runs rampant
and the Shanghai-ing of young men to work on ships is
discovered. They gather proof of corruption and race
against being found out from the powerful, angered bigwigs
who run the City and want them stopped at any cost.
IN PLACES HIDDEN is a nice beginning to the Golden
Gate Secrets Trilogy. Tracie Peterson is a strong
historical fiction and writes beautifully about Christian
faith and ideas. Her characters are easy to root for and
Patrick will steal your heart as he did mine. Several
interesting subplots evolve and in the end the questions are
answered and justice is found. The icing on the cake is a
promising future for Patrick and Camri. Who knows what is
next for Judith and Kenzie? The next book is coming in July
and I will be
first in line to continue on this delightful adventure.
In the early 1900s, Camri Coulter's search for her missing
brother, Caleb, leads her deep into the political
corruption of San Francisco--and into the acquaintance of
Irishman Patrick Murdock, who her brother helped clear of
murder charges. As the two try to find Caleb, the stakes
rise and threats loom. Will Patrick be able to protect
Camri from danger?
On her way to San Francisco to find her brother, Caleb,
who went missing three months ago, Camriann Coulter meets
Judith and Kenzie, who both have their own mysteries to
solve in the booming West Coast city. The women decide to
help each other, including rooming together and working at
Kenzie's cousin's chocolate factory.
Camri's search for her brother, an attorney, leads her
deep into the political corruption of the city--and into
the acquaintance of Patrick Murdock, a handsome Irishman
who was saved from a false murder charge by Caleb. Patrick
challenges all of Camri's privileged beliefs, but he knows
more about what happened to her brother than anyone else.
Together, they move closer to the truth behind Caleb's
disappearance. But as the stakes rise and threats loom,
will Patrick be able to protect Camri from the dangers he
knows lie in the hidden places of the city?