No Job for a Lady
As with others of McCleary’s novels that feature intrepid young reporter Nellie Bly, this installment blends history with fantasy in a fun and fresh way. In this adventure, Nellie sets off for Mexico on her own, her mother suddenly unable to accompany her. Nellie’s editor has refused to admit a woman, in this, the Victorian era, is capable of being a foreign correspondent – too dangerous, no job for a lady! Nellie vows to prove him wrong.
Along the way she runs into a gaggle of intriguing personalities, who may or may not actually have been in Mexico at the time of her well-documented trip. The cast includes the renowned Gertrude Bell, female explorer of Egypt; Lilly Langtry, famous actress and consort to the Prince of Wales; and the Sundance Kid, gunslinger. Altogether, they encounter bloodthirsty Aztecs, dark magic, ancient ruins and even a threatening government agent. Brave Nellie refuses to back down when faced with the challenge of digging ever deeper into nefarious goings on in the haunted city of Teotihuacan. Readers who want their history in its purest form may have difficulty investing in the wild tale, but those who love a mix of fiction and history will enjoy the ride.