Relative Fortunes (A Julia Kydd Novel, n. 1) by Marlowe Benn
In 1920s New York, the price of a woman_s independence can be exorbitant – even fatal. In 1924 Manhattan, women_s suffrage is old news. For sophisticated booklover Julia Kydd, life_s too short for politics. With her cropped hair and penchant for independent living, Julia wants only to publish books under her own imprint. But as a woman, Julia must fight for what_s hers – including the inheritance her estranged half brother, Philip, has challenged, putting her aspirations in jeopardy. When her friend_s sister, Naomi Rankin, dies suddenly of an apparent suicide, Julia is shocked at the wealthy family_s indifference toward the ardent suffragist_s death. Naomi chose poverty and hardship over a submissive marriage and a husband_s control of her money. Now, her death suggests the struggle was more than she could bear. Julia, however, is skeptical. Doubtful of her suspicions, Philip proposes a glib wager: if Julia can prove Naomi was in fact murdered, he_ll drop his claims to her wealth. Julia soon discovers Naomi_s life was as turbulent and enigmatic as her death. And as she gets closer to the truth, Julia sees there_s much more at stake than her inheritance….