To Slip the Bonds of Earth (Hardcover)
While not as famous as her older siblings Wilbur and Orville, the celebrated inventors of flight, Katharine Wright is equally inventive – especially when it comes to solving crimes – in USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower’s radiant new historical mystery series inspired by the real sister of the Wright Brothers.
December 1903: While Wilbur and Orville Wright’s flying machine is quite literally taking off in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina with its historic fifty-seven second flight, their sister Katharine is back home in Dayton, Ohio, running the bicycle shop, teaching Latin, and looking after the family. A Latin teacher and suffragette, Katharine is fiercely independent, intellectual, and the only Wright sibling to finish college. But at twenty-nine, she’s frustrated by the gender inequality in academia and is looking for a new challenge. She never suspects it will be sleuthing…
Returning home to Dayton, Wilbur and Orville accept an invitation to a friend’s party. Nervous about leaving their as-yet-unpatented flyer plans unattended, Wilbur decides to bring them to the festivities . . . where they are stolen right out from under his nose. As always, it’s Katharine’s job to problem solve—and in this case, crime-solve.
As she sets out to uncover the thief among their circle of friends, Katharine soon gets more than she bargained for: She finds her number one suspect dead with a letter opener lodged in his chest. It seems the patent is the least of her brothers’ worries. They have a far more earthbound concern—prison. Now Katharine will have to keep her feet on the ground and put all her skills to work to make sure Wilbur and Orville are free to fly another day.
About the Author
Amanda Flower is the USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award–winning mystery author of over twenty-five novels, including the nationally bestselling Amish Candy Shop Mystery Series, the Amish Matchmaker Mysteries, the Katharine Wright Mysteries, and several series written under the name Isabella Alan. An organic farmer and former librarian, Amanda lives in Northeast Ohio and can be found online at AmandaFlower.com.
Praise for Amanda Flower’s Historical Mysteries
"A fresh and engrossing historical mystery with the real-life sister of Orville and Wilbur Wright as its protagonist. Like her famous brothers, Katharine is a woman ahead of her time, intelligent, and keenly observant. Flowers pulled me effortlessly into Katharine’s story and kept me turning the pages until the very satisfying end. Looking forward to seeing this series soar!" —Dianne Freeman, author of the award-winning Countess of Harleigh mysteries on To Slip the Bonds of Earth
“Auto-buy author Amanda Flower pens another well-paced, unexpected mystery featuring real-life feminist heroine Katharine Wright as the amateur sleuth, uncovering an exciting part of American history. The nail-biting days around the first successful flight of the Wright Brothers are brought vividly to life in this series starter." —Heather Redmond, author of the Mary Shelley Mysteries on To Slip the Bonds of Earth
“Historical context adds excitement to the twin mysteries of murder and the poet's hidden life.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Well-researched, richly textured, and skillfully plotted, readers will fall for Flower’s lyrical mystery—word, verse, and stanza.” —Anna Lee Huber, USA Today bestselling author of A Perilous Perspective
“Amanda Flower captures the culture of mid-19th century American society in the absorbing and well-written Because I Could Not Stop For Death. Flower adds her plotting and pacing skill to make this book hard to put down.” —Charles Todd, New York Times bestselling author of A Game of Fear
“A superlative effort and entertaining to boot.” —Criminal Element
“A sprightly series launch . . . a good start to what could be a rich historical series.” —Publishers Weekly