The Lost Girl of Astor Street

The Lost Girl of Astor Street

by Stephanie Morrill


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Perfect for fans of Veronica Mars and Downton Abbey, Stephanie Morrill’s atmospheric mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street, will take readers from the glitzy homes of the elite to the mob-run streets of 1920s Chicago.

Endorsements for the book:

The Lost Girl of Astor Street boasts a strong, smart, and courageous heroine, a note-perfect Jazz-Age Chicago setting, and a terrifically engaging plot that kept me reading into the middle of the night.”

Jennifer Robson, international bestselling author of Moonlight Over Paris

“Here’s hoping this won’t be the last case for this strong and admirable female sleuth to solve. A…well-crafted historical whodunit.”

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Lydia has vanished. Lydia, who’s never broken any rules, except falling in love with the wrong boy. Lydia, who’s been Piper’s best friend since they were children. Lydia, who never even said good-bye. Convinced the police are looking in all the wrong places, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail begins her own investigation to solve the mystery of Lydia’s disappearance. With the reluctant help of a handsome young detective, Piper goes searching for answers in the dark underbelly of 1924 Chicago, determined to find Lydia at any cost. When Piper discovers those answers might stem from the corruption strangling the city—and quite possibly lead back to the doors of her affluent neighborhood—she must decide how deep she’s willing to dig, how much she should reveal, and if she’s willing to risk her life for the truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310758402
Publisher: Blink
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 109,591
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Stephanie Morrill lives in Overland Park, Kansas, with her husband and three kids. She is the author of The Lost Girl of Astor Street, The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft into a Published Book, and the Ellie Sweet series. She enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers on her blog, Go Teen To connect with Stephanie and read samples of her books, check out Stephanie

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The Lost Girl of Astor Street 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed every page of this inventive historical mystery! I wasn't sure if I would like the 1920's setting, but I loved it so much I'm looking for more novels set during this time period. This whodunit will keep you guessing until the end!
Anonymous 3 months ago
This was a really good, quick read, with interesting characters, and a plot that will hold your interest until the end.
Niki_Estes More than 1 year ago
Piper Sail is a spunky, young woman whose best friend, Lydia, goes missing in 1924. Convinced that she can't just stand by while her best friend is missing, she sets out to try to figure out what happened to Lydia. Her path crosses with a young detective, Mariano Cassano, who is investigating the case. As one who sometimes plunges in head first without considering all the consequences, Piper ventures into some of the seedier areas of her Chicago hometown as her findings lead to more questions. I really enjoyed The Lost Girl of Astor Street. The book is filled with wonderful characters. There were times when I laughed, times when I cried, and times I was filled with suspense about where the story was going. I'm hoping for a sequel because I'd love to know where the characters go from her.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
The Lost Girl of Astor Street By: Stephanie Morrill The Lost Girl of Astor Street is a YA and adults story. I thought it had a beautiful and mystery looking cover. This is my first to read by this author, but hopefully it will not be my last. I did not really know what the story was about , but when I got into it I was hooked. I enjoyed the story and the characters. I felt like I was in the 20’s with Piper. Lydia and Piper were best friends living next door to each other. Lydia disappears and Piper is doing all she can to help find her. She knows that Lydia is not well and it bothers her. Who would want to hurt Lydia? At times I had tears in my eyes. There is mystery, murder, and romance in this story and it will keep you on the edge of your seat trying to read faster to see what is going to happen next. I was given a complimentary ARC copy , but was not told that I had to give a positive review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Chicago, Illinois on May 12, 1924, is where The Lost Girl of Astor Street begins. Two eighteen year old girls, Piper and Lydia have been best friends since childhood. Lydia has a secretive mysterious illness and suddenly disappears. Piper is determined to solve the mystery of where her best friend has gone. She finally convinces a detective, Mariano, to help her. This adventure takes her on a journey she never imagined. I liked The Lost of Astor Street. The mystery and suspense was good at times and I did not feel the story was predictable. There were some parts of the book that I felt were rather slow but it picked back up to where I did not want to put it down. I was completely taken off guard of how it all ended. I felt like the ending had a cliffhanger and hope this is only the beginning of the series. I would give this book four stars and recommend it. I received this book from the author and was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
Oh.My.Goodness! I don't even know where to start with this one. First of all, I am not overly attracted to books that are suspenseful and cause me to jump out of my skin when my REFRIGERATOR makes noises. However, Rachel McMillan keeps talking about this book, and I decided that I just had to read it! THAT being said, The Lost Girl of Astor Street is a must read! This book is written in first person, but it is nothing like other books with this point of view. Most of the time when I read a book written as first person, I feel like I am simply inside the character's head, getting a front row seat to the way they think and the way they process information that comes their way. With The Lost Girl of Astor Street, Stephanie Morrill takes the first person voice to a whole new level. A level where I felt as though I became Piper Sail. I was processing the way Piper was processing, her thoughts were my thoughts...This added such a deep level of intimacy with the character that I feel like I know Piper like I know myself. Set in 1920s Chicago, you will be swept into the Jazz Age and will be tempted to dance the night away with Piper and a certain Italian detective. Having grown up in what Piper Sail thought was a safe neighborhood, she soon comes to realize that nothing is as it appears. Has she placed her trust in the wrong people? Will she ever discover what has happened to Lydia? And will the unlikeliest of people, become her greatest champion? Follow "Detective" Sail through the underbelly of Chicago. Uproot lies, reveal truth, and fight for justice for those who can not fight for themselves. I borrowed The Lost Girl of Astor Street from my local library. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this debut book by Ms. Morrill. I definitely will look for more books to come by her. I loved the time period; the feistiness of young Ms. Piper Sail; and the young detective. It was a quick and "easy" read for me, that caught me up in the story right from the very first.
CaptivatedRding More than 1 year ago
I don't normally read books that are labeled "mysteries". This tends to stem from me, generally, preferring to read things that are light and fluffy. Sometimes even predictable. I decided to give this one a go, though, because something about the synopsis spoke to me. The idea of a young woman who loses her best friend doing all she can to find that friend sounded incredibly interesting. I am so pleased that I decided to go outside of my box for this one! The main character, Piper, is incredibly charming and likable. She is by no means a perfect cookie-cutter character--which is half of her charm! For a story that takes place in the twenties, you'd expect a nice, quiet "lady-like" young woman. But, Piper, is a trailblazer and marches to the beat of her own drum. It's because of this that she decides to cast all opinions aside and help do what she can to find her best friend, Lydia, who has gone missing. Even the mystery aspect of this story appealed to me. I never felt bored or anxious to just get to the end. And, it was by no means predictable. I had a slight inkling about three-quarters of the way through who may be responsible for Lydia's disappearance. But, I was never sure until the end. Ms. Morrill did a wonderful job of keeping me intrigued until the last page. And the sprinkling of romance was just enough to complement the story and keep me happy. I'm not sure if this is going to be a series or not--it certainly could be. But, I would love to read more from Ms. Morrill!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why I Choose this Book: I've been wanting to read this book ever since Stephanie first mentioned she was writing it in 2014. I was intrigued right away, and the book did not disappoint. What I Thought about this Book: It was a total surprise. I'm not sure what I expected, but Lost Girl blew my ideas out of the water and pretty much amazed me. I was sucked into the world, intrigued by Piper's point of view, and throughly enjoyed getting to know the characters better. And, on the subject of characters, let me talk about them for a bit... Piper - First of all, she has an incredible name, so cute. Second of all, I was pretty impressed with how very different she was from Stephanie's other main characters. Piper was unique, experienced growth, and although I couldn't always relate to her personally, I felt like I understood her. She was also very realistic, so yay! Lydia - Lydia is a rather uncommon name in books, so it was a little bit weird to be reading about one (since I share the name). I'll have to say, the plot twists with her were a total surprise to me. I liked her character, she was a good balance for Piper. It makes sense that the two of them would be best friends. Walter - Goodness! I was caught between wishing the plot would go somewhere that it didn't, and thinking YES! Finally, a book that gets it right! In the end, my happiness for the part Walter played in the story won out. I liked him a lot, and could relate to the relationship he had with the other characters quite well. There are obviously a lot more characters I could talk about, but those were my top three I felt like discussing. On to the plot.... It's a mystery. I knew that, but somehow I sorta forgot that when
grandmayidia More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story from the first bit of research I saw Stefanie doing - she & historical fiction are as made for each other as peanut butter & chocolate. Plus, the roaring twenties. Need I say more? I will, even so. "Lost Girl" surprised me, even as much as I was anticipating it. I didn't see Piper coming, & I have scarcely been so pleasantly surprised. She is the protagonist I've been waiting for. The voice I want to pass along to every reader I come across. In the midst of the 1920s, as the flapper image is strong, as women are fighting for their rights, as fathers & mothers are trying their best to rein in their wayward daughters, Piper stands. She doesn't want to be what anyone expects her to be. She isn't a cookie-cutter potential little housewife, & she isn't quite a Zelda Fitzgerald, either. Piper is stubborn, fiercely loyal, & full of wit. Yet she doesn't hide her vulnerability. I resonated so deeply with her character. Her ups & downs. How she warred with herself at times, & how she got up again whenever she fell {with a little help}. I am so proud of Piper, & so very proud of Stephanie. This book is a must-read.
Ryebrynn More than 1 year ago
This book is action-packed. I read it in one day, which used to be normal for me but is now a bit of a rare occasion. First of all, this book takes place in the roaring 20s in Chicago. That alone has me intrigued. It features an girl who strains against the constraints of the expectations for woman at that time. While cliché, I didn’t mind it. As usual, Stephanie Morrill succeeded to draw me in with her excellent writing and enticing characters.This was Stephanie Morrill’s first attempt at historical fiction and mystery and I think she did wonderfully. The fast-paced plot kept me guessing until the very end. Each character was so complex and the world around them felt very real. I loved the exploration of the various mafias and the dark underbelly of a beloved American city. I think that, at least for me, mafias are rarely explored in YA and this definitely made the story stand out among the many books I’ve read. The romance in this was very sweet and very shippable. While it seemed strange that two of the major female characters both had two men keen on them, I am glad it didn’t turn into a full blown love triangle. This story was so twisty and every time I thought I knew how it would end Stephanie Morrill would throw a curveball my way. The relationships were all so complex, and you never really knew who to trust. Stephanie Morrill was born to write this kind of story and that showed in the complexity and originality of her story and her concise lyrical prose. She definitely knew what she was doing and I can’t wait to see what she does next. CONTENT GUIDE – Sexual – kissing, mentions of prostitutes, brothels, and affairs. Innuendos. Cussing – implied, once or twice (ex. he muttered an expletive) Violence – violence death, psychologically messed up person Drinking/drugs – some mild drinking
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Piper and Lydia have been best friends for years—attending the same schools, living next door to each other, talking about their crushes, and sharing their secrets. But when Lydia disappears, Piper is determined to do whatever it takes to find her and bring her home safely. Piper has several suspects in mind, but that handsome detective doesn’t want her to help him search. Of course, when it concerns her best friend’s life, Piper isn’t willing to let anyone or anything stop her. It’s been a while since I’ve read a YA mystery, something about speculative fiction and romance being the top subdivisions in that genre. But The Lost Girl of Astor Street is one of the best. From the blossoming romance to the rich historical background, Stephanie Morrill’s newest book is truly fantastic. It kept me guessing the whole time, taking a number of unexpected turns. It dropped clues the entire time, but I could not decipher what they meant until the very end. The internal growth that Piper underwent throughout the story changed her from a girl to a woman, able to contemplate and understand the complexity of humanity much better. The setting, of Chicago in the 1920’s, was very well developed, adding enough detail to put the reader directly into the time period without losing them to the differing customs and jargon. Piper’s romance was very sweet, with all of the normal ups and downs, and the other relationships in the story, both romantic and non-romantic, were also portrayed will with great development. The story became a little slow in the middle, right after one of those dramatic plot twists. I wasn’t sure where the story would go from that point forward, but the author did a good job of pulling me back in with the new hints and unsolved mysteries. I recommend The Lost Girl of Astor Street to readers of YA, mystery, sweet romance, and historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are entirely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Q: What do you get when you mix a strong female protagonist, the Roaring 20’s, and the Chicago mafia scene? A: The Lost Girl of Astor Street, a story that will immerse you in the world of Piper Sail as she tries to solve the mystery of what happened to her best friend. Hold onto your cloche – it’s a wild ride. The 1920s are fascinating. Flappers, jazz, speakeasies, and the likes of Al Capone all color this time period. And that’s where you’ll find Piper Sail, a tenacious eighteen-year-old determined to find answers to all of the secrets swirling around her. Stephanie Morrill brings Piper’s world to life through vivid description and a keen eye for historical detail. The story grabs you and won’t let go, but the setting of 1924 Chicago – both the glamorous and the gritty – is enough to keep you reading. Even the dialogue is reflective of the time period. The characters are unique and well-developed, and the plot will keep you guessing as you try to solve the mystery alongside Piper. Lost Girl gives readers a perfect blend of suspense, humor, and romance throughout the story, which is realistic yet doesn’t include any iffy language or content. I’m a big fan of all of Morrill’s books, but she outdoes herself with this one. It’s become one of my favorites, and I highly recommend it. I hope this isn’t the last we hear from Piper Sail!
Kai517 More than 1 year ago
1924. Chicago, Illinois. Piper Sail is eighteen years old and still hates change. She hates her dad dating someone else though her mom died, she hates how mature her classmates seem compared to her, and she fights change with all of her heart. Okay, she fights a lot of things wholeheartedly, but that's beside the point. So when her best friend, Lydia LeVine, goes missing, Piper decides to start a little investigation of her own, with or without anyone's consent. Who would kidnap Lydia and why? Teaming up with handsome Italian detective Mariano Cassano, Piper digs for clues that will help her get to the bottom of the mystery, learning things about people that she never would've expected before, finding tiny things that work their way into the intense finale of this book, and even starts to fall for Mariano. This book is filled with humor and wit, somewhat dry at times, as well as romance, intrigue, and inspiration that leaves you asking questions. For the romantic at heart, or the person who feels the need to get to the bottom of everything, and the person who just wants to read a story about someone else who is going through the same struggles... this book is for everyone.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill is set in Chicago, Illinois in 1924. Piper Caroline Sail is eighteen years old and best friends with Lydia. Lydia has been having seizures (epilepsy), but her parents (especially her doctor father) have been telling her they are fainting spells. Piper has been forbidden from telling Lydia the truth (by Lydia’s parents). Late one afternoon Lydia stops by to tell Piper that her parents are sending her away to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Lydia does not wish to leave because she is in love with their chauffer, Matthew. Lydia takes leave of Piper and heads down the street to the Barrow’s. The next day Piper is approached outside Presley’s School for Girls by two detectives. Lydia never returned home the previous evening and has been reported missing. Piper is very worried about her best friend and will do whatever it takes to find her. Piper finds that she has been leading a sheltered life on Astor Street. With the help of Detective Mariano Cassano and Walter Thatcher (the housekeeper’s son and friend), Piper starts asking questions and following up on leads. Piper will not stop until she finds out what happened to Lydia even if it means risking her life. The Lost Girl of Astor Street is told from Piper’s point-of-view. Despite Piper being eighteen, she is immature (for 1924). The way the novel is written, Piper comes across as a young adolescent at times (and then a mature woman who is thinking about marriage the next). The Lost Girl of Astor Street might sound like an adult novel, but it is geared towards young adults (did not discover this until I was reading it). I found the book to be nicely written and have a good pace (nice flow). I liked the characters (for the most part) and the setting (great time period). It was interesting how the author tied in criminal elements (the gangs) of Chicago into the storyline. I give The Lost Girl of Astor Street 3.5 out of 5 stars. I appreciated the mystery in the novel. It comes across as complicated, but the solution is simple. Piper could be a bit tenacious at times (determined, pushy). Piper cannot seem to think about anything except her lost friend (and Detective Cassano after spending time with him). Piper’s crying got on my nerves after the third time. She is supposed to be this modern woman (who is determined and stands up for what she believes in), but then she breaks down in tears frequently. Piper was a very contradictory character. The Lost Girl of Astor Street could use some fine tuning (it has such potential). I think tweens/teens will enjoy The Lost Girl of Astor Street.