Jo Montfort is a beautiful young woman from a wealthy family that will be expected to marry someone up to her family’s standards as soon as she finishes finishing school. Jo however has always idolized the trailblazing Nellie Bly so Jo really wants to be a newspaper reporter but that is harder than it sounds in the 1890’s.
When Jo receives news that her father accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun Jo immediately questions just what had really happened. Jo’s father had been very familiar with gun safety and there was just no way Jo believes he would accidentally leave the gun loaded. Jo decides that in order to get the answers she will start investigating herself.
These Shallow Graves was a rather well written historical mystery novel that features a strong female that doesn’t want to go with the arranged marriage that is expected of her and wants to live the life she has always dreamed of regardless of her being a woman. The death in her family gives her the opportunity to get a taste of what it’s like to be a reporter and also introduces her to a lot of colorful characters.
As far a the historical factor and the romance I really enjoyed this story. I found the mystery part of it a tad bit easy to figure out though but there are a few twists and turns to the wrap up that were a nice surprise. Perhaps the book also could have been a bit shorter as it did seem to slow down a bit for me in the middle with it being so lengthy but overall it’s a really good read.