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A graphic novel inspired by the true story of Kate Warne, America’s first female detective and her signature achievement--cracking a plot by Confederate radicals to kill Abraham Lincoln. IN 1861, AMERICA’S GREATEST DETECTIVE SAVED THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN. THIS IS HER STORY.   America is at a crossroads. Secession is spreading. And the nation’s newly elected president is A graphic novel inspired by the true story of Kate Warne, America’s first female detective and her signature achievement--cracking a plot by Confederate radicals to kill Abraham Lincoln. IN 1861, AMERICA’S GREATEST DETECTIVE SAVED THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN. THIS IS HER STORY.   America is at a crossroads. Secession is spreading. And the nation’s newly elected president is the target of a conspiracy to assassinate him and trigger a Civil War.   The safety of Lincoln and his family—and the future of the American experiment—hinges on the success of a new kind of lawman, known by a word still novel in the culture of the time: detective. But there was only one who would prove to be up to the task—an individual whose extraordinary cleverness and resourcefulness would alter the course of history from deep within the shadows of domestic spycraft. Her name was Kate Warne. This is the story of America’s first female detective, a trailblazing working woman trying to make a living and do some good in a tumultuous, sexist age, and whose mysterious life and tall tale exploits are truly the stuff of legend. Eisner and Emmy Award–winning writer Jeff Jensen (Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, HBO’s Watchmen) and acclaimed artist George Schall (Made in Korea) present the stunning tale of a real-life hero who shaped the course of American history.  


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A graphic novel inspired by the true story of Kate Warne, America’s first female detective and her signature achievement--cracking a plot by Confederate radicals to kill Abraham Lincoln. IN 1861, AMERICA’S GREATEST DETECTIVE SAVED THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN. THIS IS HER STORY.   America is at a crossroads. Secession is spreading. And the nation’s newly elected president is A graphic novel inspired by the true story of Kate Warne, America’s first female detective and her signature achievement--cracking a plot by Confederate radicals to kill Abraham Lincoln. IN 1861, AMERICA’S GREATEST DETECTIVE SAVED THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN. THIS IS HER STORY.   America is at a crossroads. Secession is spreading. And the nation’s newly elected president is the target of a conspiracy to assassinate him and trigger a Civil War.   The safety of Lincoln and his family—and the future of the American experiment—hinges on the success of a new kind of lawman, known by a word still novel in the culture of the time: detective. But there was only one who would prove to be up to the task—an individual whose extraordinary cleverness and resourcefulness would alter the course of history from deep within the shadows of domestic spycraft. Her name was Kate Warne. This is the story of America’s first female detective, a trailblazing working woman trying to make a living and do some good in a tumultuous, sexist age, and whose mysterious life and tall tale exploits are truly the stuff of legend. Eisner and Emmy Award–winning writer Jeff Jensen (Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, HBO’s Watchmen) and acclaimed artist George Schall (Made in Korea) present the stunning tale of a real-life hero who shaped the course of American history.  

30 review for Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    Kate Warne was a real person, America's first female detective, working at the infamous Pinkerton Detective Agency. Warne stopped an assassination attempt by errant Confederates on the life of the then president-elect, Abraham Lincoln. This book tells that story, and the story of how Warne came to work for the Pinkerton Agency. And it tells it very well. The writing is complex, the characters are well defined. The Lincolns don't feel like cameos, they feel like real people. Dialogue especially is Kate Warne was a real person, America's first female detective, working at the infamous Pinkerton Detective Agency. Warne stopped an assassination attempt by errant Confederates on the life of the then president-elect, Abraham Lincoln. This book tells that story, and the story of how Warne came to work for the Pinkerton Agency. And it tells it very well. The writing is complex, the characters are well defined. The Lincolns don't feel like cameos, they feel like real people. Dialogue especially is excellent. The art is fun, colourful, characters are expressive, pages are interestingly constructed. A real treat. (Thanks to Boom Studios for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I love the concept of this book, telling the story of the first female secret service agent, who saved President Lincoln's life. The problem is, that the book doesn't take off until half way through, when we see the plot against Lincoln, and how the women of the force plot to get around it. Up until that part, which is exiting and fairly straight forward, we are going back and forth in time, to Mary Lincoln being worried about her husband, to Kate going by cart and horse somewhere with her mother I love the concept of this book, telling the story of the first female secret service agent, who saved President Lincoln's life. The problem is, that the book doesn't take off until half way through, when we see the plot against Lincoln, and how the women of the force plot to get around it. Up until that part, which is exiting and fairly straight forward, we are going back and forth in time, to Mary Lincoln being worried about her husband, to Kate going by cart and horse somewhere with her mother. I swear I almost didn't finish the book, half way through, it was so confusing, and had *nothing* important to say to the plot. Once we got past all that, it was quite exciting how the women acted as spies, because men and women didn't suspect that they were being listened to. I suggest reading the second half of the book, for a great story, but skip the first half, or you will not enjoy it at all, and be thoroughly confused. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    Wow. This was absolutely amazing. I knew about Kate Warne from a previous book I read [before that, I didn't know anything about her - I knew about Pinkerton, but never had heard of Mrs. Warne, which seems criminal given all she did to protect this country and the President], but I didn't really *KNOW* about her. This graphic novel changed that and now that I have had a glimpse, I simply want more. I can only hope that Mr. Jensen will write more Kate Warne Adventures so we can learn more about h Wow. This was absolutely amazing. I knew about Kate Warne from a previous book I read [before that, I didn't know anything about her - I knew about Pinkerton, but never had heard of Mrs. Warne, which seems criminal given all she did to protect this country and the President], but I didn't really *KNOW* about her. This graphic novel changed that and now that I have had a glimpse, I simply want more. I can only hope that Mr. Jensen will write more Kate Warne Adventures so we can learn more about her life and the trials she endured after saving President Lincoln from a certain death. We all should know her story and I will be pushing this book into the hands of everyone I know, and recommending "The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the War" by Daniel Stashower, which goes into more detail about the whole shebang [and is also a captivating and thrilling read] to read after this compelling graphic novel. . This graphic novel is an excellent read and will open the door to more conversations about that time in this country that we seem to still be struggling to recover from. Thank you to NetGalley, Jeff Jensen, George Schall [Illustrator], and BOOM! Studios/Archaia for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Many thanks to NetGalley and BOOM! Studios for providing me with a copy of this eARC in exchange for an honest review. This is based on historical fact, and it had me investigoogling as I read it. It’s all true! Kate Warne really did those things! Her main nemesis really did those things too! It’s a place and time period I don’t know much about, but it was fascinating to read about how a woman detective managed to play a significant role in foiling an assassination attempt. However, it did mean a Many thanks to NetGalley and BOOM! Studios for providing me with a copy of this eARC in exchange for an honest review. This is based on historical fact, and it had me investigoogling as I read it. It’s all true! Kate Warne really did those things! Her main nemesis really did those things too! It’s a place and time period I don’t know much about, but it was fascinating to read about how a woman detective managed to play a significant role in foiling an assassination attempt. However, it did mean at times that it was a bit dry – there was a fair bit of history in there! There was also a fair bit of time jumping as well, as we learn about Kate and what made her become a detective, but it tends to be clearly identified by a panel which tells us the time period the action is occurring in. I also really enjoyed the art, and in particular the heritage/sepia tones of the colouring – it had a very historical feel! This is definitely a great starter book for someone who wants to know a little bit more about Lincoln or about a woman who defied convention, but is a bit daunted by a book with lots of words. I found it quite easy to follow even with my limited understanding of the US Civil War.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    While I enjoyed the history and story, I was also very confused. The timeline skipping all around was hard for me to follow which took away from her story. The art was well done and added to the story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this story and the art that went along with it. I have been a fan of Jeff Jensen since I read the Green River Killer:A True Detective Story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Tyler

    Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure, written by Jeff Jensen and illustrated by George Schall, is a graphic novel inspired by the true story of Kate Warne, America’s first female detective and her signature achievement--cracking a plot by Confederate radicals to kill Abraham Lincoln. America is at a crossroads. Secession is spreading. And the nation’s newly elected president is the target of a conspiracy to assassinate him and trigger a Civil War. The safety of Lincoln and his family—and the fu Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure, written by Jeff Jensen and illustrated by George Schall, is a graphic novel inspired by the true story of Kate Warne, America’s first female detective and her signature achievement--cracking a plot by Confederate radicals to kill Abraham Lincoln. America is at a crossroads. Secession is spreading. And the nation’s newly elected president is the target of a conspiracy to assassinate him and trigger a Civil War. The safety of Lincoln and his family—and the future of the American experiment—hinges on the success of a new kind of lawman, known by a word still novel in the culture of the time: detective. But there was only one who would prove to be up to the task—an individual whose extraordinary cleverness and resourcefulness would alter the course of history from deep within the shadows of domestic spycraft. Her name was Kate Warne. This is the story of America’s first female detective, a trailblazing working woman trying to make a living and do some good in a tumultuous, sexist age, and whose mysterious life and tall tale exploits are truly the stuff of legend. Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure is a historical graphic novel that shares a bit of history many might not know. The truth of female detectives and what women went through in that time is something people do not always know, or think about if they know. I found the story of Kate and her found family to be fascinating, and while I know much of it was likely embellished or altered for a good story, the important truths are in there as well. I thought the artwork was extremely well done, capturing the period and emotions of the story with great effect. My biggest issue with the story is that I wanted more about Kate and her group after the adventure with the Lincolns, but before the scenes that framed the story here. I need more about what happened with each of her group, because I found myself just as concerned with the secondary characters as the main players. I think this will be a hot with many readers, and might start some into researching more about the female agents of Pinkerton. Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure is an engaging graphic novel.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bookish Sophia

    This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review Set in 1861 the story follows Kate, a young woman on the run trying to outrun her past and find herself in the present. Kate discovers love that is soon taken away from her leaving her broke. She is forced to take up menial jobs to earn. In the 18th century America, Kate Warne realizes that the world isn't full of opportunities for someone, a woman like her. She offers her skill to Mr Pinkerton to work as his undercover detective and trai This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review Set in 1861 the story follows Kate, a young woman on the run trying to outrun her past and find herself in the present. Kate discovers love that is soon taken away from her leaving her broke. She is forced to take up menial jobs to earn. In the 18th century America, Kate Warne realizes that the world isn't full of opportunities for someone, a woman like her. She offers her skill to Mr Pinkerton to work as his undercover detective and train other women and girls like herself. Women would be able to hide in plain sight without drawing much attention but also be able to uncover secrets and plots. In February of 1861, Kate Warne stands at the core of a plot against President Abraham Lincoln. It's up to her and her girls, Kew, Alice and Hattie to stop the plot by going undercover, wearing disguise and gaining trust of the people plotting. The format of this comic transports you back into the industrial revolutionary age. With the storyline growing from a question of what happened to the women during the assassination plot on president Abraham Lincoln. Each Character grows from trying to achieve a want to discovering the reason why they act and make Certain decisions. Thank you Netgalley and Boom! Studios for an advanced reader's copy

  9. 5 out of 5

    Fenriz Angelo

    Thanks to Boom Studios for giving me the ARC through Netgalley in exchange of a honest review. Better Angels is a graphic novel based on the first female detective Kate Warne and how she unveiled the assesination plot against Lincoln by secessionists in Baltimore, Maryland; and how Pinkerton's detective agency basically saved his life before the Civil War broke out. I'm not very knowledgeable about American history so when I first saw this graphic novel I thought it was historical fiction. Then Thanks to Boom Studios for giving me the ARC through Netgalley in exchange of a honest review. Better Angels is a graphic novel based on the first female detective Kate Warne and how she unveiled the assesination plot against Lincoln by secessionists in Baltimore, Maryland; and how Pinkerton's detective agency basically saved his life before the Civil War broke out. I'm not very knowledgeable about American history so when I first saw this graphic novel I thought it was historical fiction. Then became intrigued when discovered it was not. Jeff Jensen presents the events through the PoV of Kate herself and intertwines her past life and how she came to be a detective with the present issue with Lincoln, thus making a both engaging and informative read, although I'm not sure how historically accurate this story is. The artwork is great, every character had distinctive features and the color palette used fits the era. My only complain is that the ending felt a bit rushed, I expected it to end in some kind of cliffhanger considering the detectives also worked during the Civil War, however it ended as if Warne's journey ended after saving Lincoln. I'm not sure if there's going to be a continuation but i hope so.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Lo

    This graphic novel has so many wonderful elements to it, it's hard to know where to start. It's rich with historical detail that could send you down any number of Google rabbit holes (raised buildings in Chicago? Wide Awakers? Sleeveless dress scandals at the Seneca Falls Convention?), but also such an action-packed and engrossing story that you end up not wanting to stop and interrupt the narrative. Most enjoyable, though, are the characters--historical figures (re)imagined in a way that brings This graphic novel has so many wonderful elements to it, it's hard to know where to start. It's rich with historical detail that could send you down any number of Google rabbit holes (raised buildings in Chicago? Wide Awakers? Sleeveless dress scandals at the Seneca Falls Convention?), but also such an action-packed and engrossing story that you end up not wanting to stop and interrupt the narrative. Most enjoyable, though, are the characters--historical figures (re)imagined in a way that brings them fully to life as complex, admirable, flawed, and deeply relatable people. The flashbacks woven throughout provide a depth and emotional layer both to the story and Kate herself that really pay off. George Schall's illustrations are both beautiful and a wonderful complement to the story. I fell in love with Kate--her spirit and courage, her vulnerability, her wit--but the sensitivity and skill with which the supporting characters (particularly Mary Todd Lincoln) were also developed and depicted made me fall in love with this book as a whole. Hopefully there will be more books that allow us to continue to follow Kate and get to know her and the other characters even better.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy Nicole

    I was so excited to read this! Based on real events, Kate Warne is America's first female detective who uses stealth, acting, and costumes to get information about one of the first plots against Abraham Lincoln's life in 1861. With views toggling among several time periods and characters (including Kate and Mary Todd Lincoln), this tells the story of women empowerment and agency during the late 1800s. I think the various perspectives made this more difficult to follow. I really loved the section I was so excited to read this! Based on real events, Kate Warne is America's first female detective who uses stealth, acting, and costumes to get information about one of the first plots against Abraham Lincoln's life in 1861. With views toggling among several time periods and characters (including Kate and Mary Todd Lincoln), this tells the story of women empowerment and agency during the late 1800s. I think the various perspectives made this more difficult to follow. I really loved the sections showing Kate Warne doing her sleuthing and finding information about the assassination plot. I wish that the whole story followed that one linear plot line. Instead, the story is bookended with a reflection of Mrs. Lincoln after her husband's death as she retells the story. It also flashes among several points in Warne's timeline including her childhood to beginning work as a detective to the present detective assignment. I want to know even more after reading this! What an interesting moment in history that we seldom hear about.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Floyd

    This graphic novel follows the true story of Kate Warne, better known as America’s First Female Detective. To get her job she had to disguise herself as her deceased husband and convince the Pinkertons to hire her. One of her first cases involved preventing an early attempt on the life of Abraham Lincoln - this book tells that story. It does the job well - though a little pre-reading of her history made the story even more enjoyable. The graphics were nicely done, though, like movies and TV shows This graphic novel follows the true story of Kate Warne, better known as America’s First Female Detective. To get her job she had to disguise herself as her deceased husband and convince the Pinkertons to hire her. One of her first cases involved preventing an early attempt on the life of Abraham Lincoln - this book tells that story. It does the job well - though a little pre-reading of her history made the story even more enjoyable. The graphics were nicely done, though, like movies and TV shows depicting that era, the colors are somewhat muted in order to indicate the age of the story. For the adult, teen, or pre-teen, reader looking for a powerful story depicting a female protagonist (a true story at that), this book should fill the bill. I would like to see more stories featuring Kate Warne and her team of sleuths. This book gets 4-1/2-stars. ______________ This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Haley

    I am definitely interested in books about history. Even better when they are about a niche topic. And what is more niche than talking about a female detective who helped foil a plot to assassinate President Lincoln. Now why I was first really excited to read this that soon waned. I just couldn't find the line between history and historical fiction that this book was playing with. Obviously, we don't know the actually personalities of these people and what their day to day was like so some artist I am definitely interested in books about history. Even better when they are about a niche topic. And what is more niche than talking about a female detective who helped foil a plot to assassinate President Lincoln. Now why I was first really excited to read this that soon waned. I just couldn't find the line between history and historical fiction that this book was playing with. Obviously, we don't know the actually personalities of these people and what their day to day was like so some artistic license has to be taken. I would have appreciated little footnotes throughout the book giving me more historical facts. I think this would have allowed me to enjoy the story more since I would have a more accurate historical basis for the story. Overall, I think this book is a quick, read to learn some quick details about a forgotten American hero, and use as a jumping off point to do your own research for the topic. I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. You can also read my review that will be posted to Goodreads.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dessie

    Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with a copy of "Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure" in exchange for an honest review. I was very pleased with the concept of this book because Kate Warne's story is incredibly interesting and deserves to be told. The illustrations were lovely and set the atmosphere well. The choice of words and overall writing style were authentic and also matched the era, although to be honest I found the story really hard to follow. Once I have read the book I realis Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with a copy of "Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure" in exchange for an honest review. I was very pleased with the concept of this book because Kate Warne's story is incredibly interesting and deserves to be told. The illustrations were lovely and set the atmosphere well. The choice of words and overall writing style were authentic and also matched the era, although to be honest I found the story really hard to follow. Once I have read the book I realised how immaculate this story is, but while reading I felt little to no desire to finish it because it is written in a very draining way, which I partially blame on the fact that this book is set in 1861, when the words people used were very different in comparison to the ones we use nowadays. The book is also rather slow-paced, which is not necessarily a bad thing, I just do not like slow-paced books. Overall, some alterations can be made, but it is a nice read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    3.5 stars Meet Kate Warne - a trailblazing working woman trying to make a living and do some good in a tumultuous, sexist age, and who uncovers one of the first plots to assassinate President Lincoln making her America’s first female detective. Upon reading the summary I thought I was picking up a piece of historical fiction, and was delighted to find out it's a true one! The graphic novel cuts between the past and future and centers around Lincoln's train ride from Illinois to Washington DC, as 3.5 stars Meet Kate Warne - a trailblazing working woman trying to make a living and do some good in a tumultuous, sexist age, and who uncovers one of the first plots to assassinate President Lincoln making her America’s first female detective. Upon reading the summary I thought I was picking up a piece of historical fiction, and was delighted to find out it's a true one! The graphic novel cuts between the past and future and centers around Lincoln's train ride from Illinois to Washington DC, as he stops between cities trying to endear himself to a divided nation. Kate, and her group of women detectives, uncover a plot to harm the would-be-president by using one of the biggest tools at their disposal - the underestimation of women. The book does a great job of presenting how these women cultivated their skills and fought the confines society placed on them. By the end I was googling the biographies of these heroines, lamenting this sort of book wasn't in my school library when I was of book report age.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dinnu Reads Books

    I received a copy of this graphic novel through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not really overly knowledgeable in the history of the USA, I know the basics but it’s still a strange country quite far away…🙃 This graphic novel sounded interesting because it depicts one event in the long history of a influential country that probably would have had a big impact to the future of the USA and through this perhaps even to everyone else…🤔 It was surprisingly interesting and not at all dry I received a copy of this graphic novel through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not really overly knowledgeable in the history of the USA, I know the basics but it’s still a strange country quite far away…🙃 This graphic novel sounded interesting because it depicts one event in the long history of a influential country that probably would have had a big impact to the future of the USA and through this perhaps even to everyone else…🤔 It was surprisingly interesting and not at all dry for a historical story, the main character was interesting and an actual historical figure - the first female detective employed by Pinkerton. The story was exciting and adventurous. The art was handsome. 😊 Overall I liked it a lot and I feel a bit smarter!😉

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    This was a nice look into the real history of the female agent Kate Warne who saved President Lincoln's life before the Civil War. A fascinating, interesting, and strong woman who made her own way in the world and left her important mark on history. But the bouncing around with the timeline just made things confusing a bit. And there were times, it felt that things should have been fleshed out better and explained better. Also with the drawings, sometimes everyone looked the same, so it was hard This was a nice look into the real history of the female agent Kate Warne who saved President Lincoln's life before the Civil War. A fascinating, interesting, and strong woman who made her own way in the world and left her important mark on history. But the bouncing around with the timeline just made things confusing a bit. And there were times, it felt that things should have been fleshed out better and explained better. Also with the drawings, sometimes everyone looked the same, so it was hard to tell who was who. Still a lot of historical fun.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bengali Girl

    Two of my favorite genres merged into one: Graphic Novels and History! I really enjoyed reading this and had no idea about Kate Warne's existence till now. The historical texts are well-written and Kate's spunk is enjoyable as the narration unfolds. If you are a history buff and/or enjoy graphic novels, you will like this one! Thank you #NetGalley and #Boom! Studios for giving me the opportunity to read this. #BetterAngelsAKateWarneAdventure Two of my favorite genres merged into one: Graphic Novels and History! I really enjoyed reading this and had no idea about Kate Warne's existence till now. The historical texts are well-written and Kate's spunk is enjoyable as the narration unfolds. If you are a history buff and/or enjoy graphic novels, you will like this one! Thank you #NetGalley and #Boom! Studios for giving me the opportunity to read this. #BetterAngelsAKateWarneAdventure

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I received an eARC of this title through NetGalley in return for an honest review. I thought this was an okay read. I liked learning more about Kate Warne and all she went through to become a detective. The art was well done and I could mostly tell what was happening during any action scenes. I thought it was an interesting choice to focus on Kate Warne and Mrs. Lincoln. I know some of it was fictionalize, but all in all, I would recommend this to anyone interested in Kate Warne.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    This was such an interesting read and I absolutely loved the artwork throughout! A must-read if you have any interest in history! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC which I received in return for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elyse

    NetGalley ARC. I really enjoyed this graphic novel about the first woman detective, Kate Warne. I had not heard of her prior to this graphic novel and it was a good introduction to her. I definitely want to find a novel about her!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adelaide McIntyre

    I want to know more of her life, more of what's she's done. I want to know about Hattie, more of what happened to the women in the boarding house! I hope more are made~ I want to know more of her life, more of what's she's done. I want to know about Hattie, more of what happened to the women in the boarding house! I hope more are made~

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jill Kenna

    This took me forever to read. But, the story was really great and I loved that there were so many women doing jobs that would be typically done by men in that day and age. I really enjoyed the story but the artwork wasn’t my favorite. It wasn’t bad, the style just wasn’t something I liked. Overall though, this was a fun graphic novel and I would like to read more stories set in this universe.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Poptart19 (the name’s ren)

    4 stars A graphic novel about Kate Warne, the first woman Pinkerton detective, & her efforts to protect Abraham Lincoln from an assassination attempt leading up to his first inauguration. I really liked the style of story telling, & Kate herself as an MC. [What I liked:] •I really enjoyed the way the story is set up & framed! Especially the opening sequence, where we see a woman being interviewed & only get her side of the conversation. The way the art panels are laid out & the story is structure 4 stars A graphic novel about Kate Warne, the first woman Pinkerton detective, & her efforts to protect Abraham Lincoln from an assassination attempt leading up to his first inauguration. I really liked the style of story telling, & Kate herself as an MC. [What I liked:] •I really enjoyed the way the story is set up & framed! Especially the opening sequence, where we see a woman being interviewed & only get her side of the conversation. The way the art panels are laid out & the story is structured is very engaging. •There is lots of action & excitement! Disguises, sinister plots, & chases across town. The story has a nice feeling of forward momentum, with the slower moments equally engaging as they reveal important details from the past. •Kate is an intriguing character: feminist, career PI, & a good heart. Her backstory is also touching. It was easy to root for her to succeed, not just in saving the President but also in her personal life. •I learned some interesting tidbits of history, including about the Illinois “black laws”! (You can read more that here: 100 Best Documents at the Illinois State Archives) The art was also decently historically accurate, especially concerning fashion. [What I didn’t like as much:] •The jumps in timeline were a bit disorienting at first, mainly I think because they happened a few times before I got used to who the MC’s were. CW: racism, sexism, violence [I received an ARC ebook copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thank you for the book!]

  25. 4 out of 5

    Priscilla

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sjpinnow

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ije the Devourer of Books

  28. 4 out of 5

    Esther

  29. 5 out of 5

    Milan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Matt

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