The Detective's Assistant

Author(s): Kate Hannigan

Young Adult

Eleven-year-old Nell Warne arrives on her aunt's doorstep lugging a heavy sack of sorrows. If her Aunt Kate rejects her, it's the miserable Home for the Friendless. Luckily, canny Nell makes herself indispensable to Aunt Kate...and not just by helping out with household chores. For Aunt Kate is the first-ever female detective employed by the legendary Pinkerton Detective Agency. And Nell has a knack for the kind of close listening and bold action that made Pinkerton detectives famous in Civil War-era America. With huge, nation-changing events simmering in the background, Nell uses skills new and old to uncover truths about her past and solve mysteries in the present. Based on the extraordinary true story of Kate Warne, this fast-paced adventure recounts feats of daring and danger...including saving the life of Abraham Lincoln!


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"Hannigan makes skillful use of period details, bringing the novel's threads together in a nail-biting conclusion. Nell is a fearless, no-nonsense heroine, and her dry-witted narration drives this rollicking historical escapade." ""Publishers Weekly"""

Kate Hannigan is the author of the Cupcake Cousins series. She is a former journalist and lives in Chicago with her family.

General Fields

  • : 9780316403511
  • : Little, Brown & Company
  • : Little, Brown Young Readers
  • : May 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Kate Hannigan
  • : Hardback
  • : 368