Monday, June 6, 2011
Deadly by Julie Chibbaro
Prudence is bored at her charm school classes. She is much more fascinated by scientific books and would especially like to figure out how to stop illness. When she gets an opportunity to work for Mr. Soper at the city health department she jumps at the chance to be his assistant. With Mr. Soper she begins to investigate an epidemic of typhoid fever. Thanks to Prudence's careful notes they discover that all the cases of typhoid can be traced back to a cook named Mary, even though she herself is completely healthy. Mary violently resists coming in for any testing so Prudence and Mr. Soper have to work together with a female doctor to find some way to stop Mary from spreading the illness to anyone else. All while Prudence realizes that she is falling in love with her boss, learning the truth about her father who has been missing for many years, and figuring out what she wants to do with her life. This book is based on the real mystery of "Typhoid Mary", a woman who carried the typhoid germ without being sick herself.