Carmel Valley’s very own Pulitzer-winning Jane Smiley has a rollicking brand new mystery out – and it is set in 1850s Monterey. The protagonists are two young prostitutes – best friends Eliza and Jean – who investigate the murders of several young women in town. There are lots of wonderful historical details and familiar streets and landmarks, and like all good historical fiction forces you to compare life to the present day. Fun references to Edgar Allan Poe too!

You can borrow “A Dangerous Business” from MCFL here! You’ll have to get on the wait list since this new book is so popular, but while you wait, you can borrow other Jane Smiley books from MCFL here while you wait.