I've read Shelley Gray for years, since she was using a middle name in between the Shelley and the Gray. She's been one of my favorite authors because she is able to craft a story so compelling it's hard to put the book down. This is what I've come to expect from her and Whispers in the Reading Room is perfect. I read it in less than a day with eight hours of sleep in between. The characters come alive when she writes and in this book we visit Chicago, right after the World Fair. The decline of parts of the city and the dangers within kept me on edge. The understated hero melted my heart. This is one to read. It's the third in the series but is a stand-alone. I hadn't read the first two (but I will!) and had no problem with this one. Published by Zondervan.