Review: Innocence Lost by Sherilyn Decter

Innocence Lost by Sherilyn Decter

Publication Date: February 21, 2019
eBook & Paperback; 339 Pages

Series: Bootleggers’ Chronicles Series, Book One
Genre: Historical Fiction/Crime/Women's Fiction

In a city of bootleggers and crime, one woman must rely on a long-dead lawman to hunt down justice…

Philadelphia, 1924. Maggie Barnes doesn’t have much left. After the death of her husband, she finds herself all alone to care for her young son and look after their rundown house. As if that weren’t bad enough, Prohibition has turned her neighborhood into a bootlegger’s playground. To keep the shoddy roof over their heads, she has no choice but to take on boarders with questionable ties…

When her son’s friend disappears, Maggie suspects the worst. And local politicians and police don’t seem to have any interest in an investigation. With a child’s life on the line, Maggie takes the case and risks angering the enemy living right under her nose…

Maggie’s one advantage may be her new found friend: the ghost of a Victorian-era cop. With his help, can she find justice in a lawless city?

Innocence Lost is the first novel in the Bootleggers’ Chronicles, a series of historical fiction tales. If you like headstrong heroines, Prohibition-era criminal underworlds, and just a touch of the paranormal, then you’ll love Sherilyn Decter’s gripping tale.



"Philadelphia has not yet lost its soul. It's still the early days of Prohibition. Sure, you can see that rot around the edges of beginning to creep in, but people, for the most part, are enjoying the thrill of being lawmakers."

Prohibition has been going on for about 4 years and bootleggers run the city of Philadelphia. Maggie is a single mother living alone with her son at a time where that was frowned upon. Despite her parent's pleas to return home after losing her husband, Maggie is determined to stay independent.

When one of her young son's friends goes missing Maggie is drawn into the case with the help of a the ghost of a long dead policeman. I liked how Maggie came out of her shell more as the novel progresses. She moves past her prejudices and misgivings and integrates herself more into the community. I enjoy watching a character evolve like that. She also overcomes her apprehension with working with a ghost and becomes quite the detective herself!

"I realize that it is unorthodox. But here we sit, a woman and a ghost and, if I join the investigation, I don't know which of us would shock people more. Surely you see that the whole situation is unorthodox."

Fast paced and intriguing, I was immediately drawn into the novel and by the time I looked up I was already halfway through the book! I finished the second half in one sitting too. That's how hard it was to put down. Maggie and Frank are a great team!

I greatly enjoyed my time in the world created by Sherilyn Decter and can't wait for the next book in the series, Tasting the Apple. I highly recommend Innocence Lost!

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About the Author

Sherilyn Decter is a writer, researcher, and lover of historical fiction. Her work is set in the Roaring Twenties and if you like feisty and determined heroines, complex cover-ups, Prohibition stories about criminal underworlds, police and political corruption, then you’re going to love Sherilyn’s grand gangster tales.

For more information, please visit Sherilyn Decter's website. You can also find her on FacebookInstagram, Goodreads and Pinterest.

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Innocence Lost


  1. It is indeed a great book! :-)
    I loved the historical setting, very well done. Not all historical novels are as accurate.


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