Praise for A Front Page Affair

"An impressively well written and consistently compelling read from beginning to end, Radha Vatsal's "A Front Page Affair" is the first book in what is justifiably expected to be an outstanding series featuring rising journalism star Kitty Weeks." Midwest Book Review

"Vatsal has clearly done her research on the geography and fashions of the period, but the novel's strength lies in its exploration of complicated wartime politics, and the difference between neutrality and innocence.  Rich with period detail and cameos from a few historical figures, A Front Page Affair is an appealing beginning to Kitty Weeks and her world." Shelf Awareness

"Reading a well-crafted historical mystery is always a pleasure and with A Front Page Affair, Radha Vatsal delivers precisely that."  The Big Thrill

"Vatsal ramps up the action in Kitty’s simple, rule-driven world to show how American women are beginning to shape their country in previously unheard-of ways. Delightful, intriguing, and relevant historical fiction!" Historical Novels Review

"This is a well-thought-out mystery novel, combining historical fiction and feminism with a determined and brave protagonist ready to chart new mysteries and new paths for herself." Mystery Scene  

"“Vatsal‘s debut... doesn’t read like a first novel. First novels aren’t supposed to be this self-assured, or detailed, or full of three-dimensional characters (both real and fictional) who vividly bring the 1910s to life... Framed against the backdrop of World War I, and tackling cultural issues that still resonate today, it’s impossible not to let yourself slip into the novel.” —E.A. Aymar, ITW The Thrill Begins, Debut Author Spotlight

“The fascinating historical details add flair to this thoroughly engaging mystery starring an intelligent amateur sleuth reminiscent of Rhys Bowen’s Molly Murphy. Vatsal’s debut will leave readers eager for Kitty’s next adventure.” Booklist

"[A] spirited debut...Vatsal deftly intertwines the tumult of the era, from emerging women's rights to spreading international conflict, into this rich historical." Publisher's Weekly

"This lively and well-researched debut introduces a charming historical series and an appealing fish-out-of-water sleuth who seeks independence and a career in an age when most women are bent on getting married, particularly to titled Englishmen.  Devotees of Rhys Bowen's mysteries will enjoy making the acquaintance of Miss Weeks." - Library Journal-Starred, and Debut of the Month

“This first in a planned series is a nice combination of mystery and thriller seasoned by historical facts and a look at women's lives before woman's liberation.” - Kirkus


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Notice published by the German Embassy in April 1915 warning American travelers intending to sail to Europe on British ships.