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A graphic novel inspired by the true story of Kate Warne, America’s first female detective and her signature achievement--cracking a plot by Confederate radicals to kill Abraham Lincoln. IN 1861, AMERICA’S GREATEST DETECTIVE SAVED THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN. THIS IS HER STORY.   America is at a crossroads. Secession is spreading. And the nation’s newly elected president is A graphic novel inspired by the true story of Kate Warne, America’s first female detective and her signature achievement--cracking a plot by Confederate radicals to kill Abraham Lincoln. IN 1861, AMERICA’S GREATEST DETECTIVE SAVED THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN. THIS IS HER STORY.   America is at a crossroads. Secession is spreading. And the nation’s newly elected president is the target of a conspiracy to assassinate him and trigger a Civil War.   The safety of Lincoln and his family—and the future of the American experiment—hinges on the success of a new kind of lawman, known by a word still novel in the culture of the time: detective. But there was only one who would prove to be up to the task—an individual whose extraordinary cleverness and resourcefulness would alter the course of history from deep within the shadows of domestic spycraft. Her name was Kate Warne. This is the story of America’s first female detective, a trailblazing working woman trying to make a living and do some good in a tumultuous, sexist age, and whose mysterious life and tall tale exploits are truly the stuff of legend. Eisner and Emmy Award–winning writer Jeff Jensen (Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, HBO’s Watchmen) and acclaimed artist George Schall (Made in Korea) present the stunning tale of a real-life hero who shaped the course of American history.  


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A graphic novel inspired by the true story of Kate Warne, America’s first female detective and her signature achievement--cracking a plot by Confederate radicals to kill Abraham Lincoln. IN 1861, AMERICA’S GREATEST DETECTIVE SAVED THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN. THIS IS HER STORY.   America is at a crossroads. Secession is spreading. And the nation’s newly elected president is A graphic novel inspired by the true story of Kate Warne, America’s first female detective and her signature achievement--cracking a plot by Confederate radicals to kill Abraham Lincoln. IN 1861, AMERICA’S GREATEST DETECTIVE SAVED THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN. THIS IS HER STORY.   America is at a crossroads. Secession is spreading. And the nation’s newly elected president is the target of a conspiracy to assassinate him and trigger a Civil War.   The safety of Lincoln and his family—and the future of the American experiment—hinges on the success of a new kind of lawman, known by a word still novel in the culture of the time: detective. But there was only one who would prove to be up to the task—an individual whose extraordinary cleverness and resourcefulness would alter the course of history from deep within the shadows of domestic spycraft. Her name was Kate Warne. This is the story of America’s first female detective, a trailblazing working woman trying to make a living and do some good in a tumultuous, sexist age, and whose mysterious life and tall tale exploits are truly the stuff of legend. Eisner and Emmy Award–winning writer Jeff Jensen (Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, HBO’s Watchmen) and acclaimed artist George Schall (Made in Korea) present the stunning tale of a real-life hero who shaped the course of American history.  

30 review for Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    Kate Warne was a real person, America's first female detective, working at the infamous Pinkerton Detective Agency. Warne stopped an assassination attempt by errant Confederates on the life of the then president-elect, Abraham Lincoln. This book tells that story, and the story of how Warne came to work for the Pinkerton Agency. And it tells it very well. The writing is complex, the characters are well defined. The Lincolns don't feel like cameos, they feel like real people. Dialogue especially is Kate Warne was a real person, America's first female detective, working at the infamous Pinkerton Detective Agency. Warne stopped an assassination attempt by errant Confederates on the life of the then president-elect, Abraham Lincoln. This book tells that story, and the story of how Warne came to work for the Pinkerton Agency. And it tells it very well. The writing is complex, the characters are well defined. The Lincolns don't feel like cameos, they feel like real people. Dialogue especially is excellent. The art is fun, colourful, characters are expressive, pages are interestingly constructed. A real treat. (Thanks to Boom Studios for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I love the concept of this book, telling the story of the first female secret service agent, who saved President Lincoln's life. The problem is, that the book doesn't take off until half way through, when we see the plot against Lincoln, and how the women of the force plot to get around it. Up until that part, which is exiting and fairly straight forward, we are going back and forth in time, to Mary Lincoln being worried about her husband, to Kate going by cart and horse somewhere with her mother I love the concept of this book, telling the story of the first female secret service agent, who saved President Lincoln's life. The problem is, that the book doesn't take off until half way through, when we see the plot against Lincoln, and how the women of the force plot to get around it. Up until that part, which is exiting and fairly straight forward, we are going back and forth in time, to Mary Lincoln being worried about her husband, to Kate going by cart and horse somewhere with her mother. I swear I almost didn't finish the book, half way through, it was so confusing, and had *nothing* important to say to the plot. Once we got past all that, it was quite exciting how the women acted as spies, because men and women didn't suspect that they were being listened to. I suggest reading the second half of the book, for a great story, but skip the first half, or you will not enjoy it at all, and be thoroughly confused. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    Wow. This was absolutely amazing. I knew about Kate Warne from a previous book I read [before that, I didn't know anything about her - I knew about Pinkerton, but never had heard of Mrs. Warne, which seems criminal given all she did to protect this country and the President], but I didn't really *KNOW* about her. This graphic novel changed that and now that I have had a glimpse, I simply want more. I can only hope that Mr. Jensen will write more Kate Warne Adventures so we can learn more about h Wow. This was absolutely amazing. I knew about Kate Warne from a previous book I read [before that, I didn't know anything about her - I knew about Pinkerton, but never had heard of Mrs. Warne, which seems criminal given all she did to protect this country and the President], but I didn't really *KNOW* about her. This graphic novel changed that and now that I have had a glimpse, I simply want more. I can only hope that Mr. Jensen will write more Kate Warne Adventures so we can learn more about her life and the trials she endured after saving President Lincoln from a certain death. We all should know her story and I will be pushing this book into the hands of everyone I know, and recommending "The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the War" by Daniel Stashower, which goes into more detail about the whole shebang [and is also a captivating and thrilling read] to read after this compelling graphic novel. . This graphic novel is an excellent read and will open the door to more conversations about that time in this country that we seem to still be struggling to recover from. Thank you to NetGalley, Jeff Jensen, George Schall [Illustrator], and BOOM! Studios/Archaia for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    3 stars because of the lack of historical note but rounded up because I want everyone to read this if they won't read an actual history book! The artwork is not really great. The faces look weird and the Lincolns don't look enough like their real life counterparts. It was confusing because Kate is shown as having dark hair and green eyes in the first scene and then sandy blond hair and blue eyes later on. There were two women who were sisters and they were also blond and blue eyed so it was hard 3 stars because of the lack of historical note but rounded up because I want everyone to read this if they won't read an actual history book! The artwork is not really great. The faces look weird and the Lincolns don't look enough like their real life counterparts. It was confusing because Kate is shown as having dark hair and green eyes in the first scene and then sandy blond hair and blue eyes later on. There were two women who were sisters and they were also blond and blue eyed so it was hard to tell who was who. Storywise this is a must-read for everyone in the U.S. as a cautionary tale. The paralells to 2020 are absolutely chilling- right down to the rhetoric used. I had to go read something else afterwards because it was not good for bedtime reading. This book is not for people who don't know the story. I was familiar with Kate Warne and the plot to assassiate Lincoln before his first inaguaration. Chilling but true FACT! I knew Kate Warne was the first female Pinkerton detective and I knew she protected Lincoln on his way to Washington through Baltimore. That's all anyone knows, really. Without an author's note, I don't know what's true and what's fiction. I never read anything about Kate Warne befriending Rose O'Neal Greenhow, a Confederate spy, or Mrs. Greenhow being involved in the Lincoln plot. It COULD be true but most of what we know about Mrs. Greenhow's spying activities comes from the war years. I didn't know about Kate Warne's undercover job as a fortune teller (psychic medium) before the Lincoln plot or anything about the women she took under her wing into her home. Looking her up online, I see AFTER the Civil War she worked as a fortune teller sort of in the way she does in the opening scene of the novel, for the same reasons. Nothing seems to be known about her husband and I didn't see any mention of her dress reform plans but I really liked the inclusion of that into the novel because it shows what life was like for women without explaining it in detail. In the novel, Kate attends a women's rights conference and meets Lucy Stone but not Amelia Bloomer who isn't present. In a few pages the writers convey a sense of what was happening at the time. I want young readers to know more about Lucy Stone because she's one of my sheroes so I hope they look her up! The story works in the abolitionist cause with the "Wide Awakes" rallying in the streets and one of Kate Warne's associates being a Black woman. What I didn't like is how it addresses the feelings of the Black woman being in Washington, listening to the Confederate sympathizing women plot and how hard it is. Leaving it at that is great but having her confront Kate and having Kate acknowledge her own insensitivity doesn't feel right for the time period. You'd be hard pressed to find someone who cared. Sad but true fact. As a Confederate ringleader points out, the abolitionists were hypocrites. They said slavery was wrong but didn't want Black people living with them or next to them, taking their jobs, etc. That's actually true of most people at the time, even abolitionists. Just because they didn't like slavery didn't mean they believed all men were created equal. One other thing I thought was well done is the way agency is given back to Mary Lincoln and Rose O'Neal Greenhow. We all know Mary Todd Lincoln as the crazy, drama queen, spendthrift who held seances in the White House. What this novel does well is show her fears, her concerns, how the women of Washington thought Mrs. Lincoln was too western (unrefined) for them and how much that bothered Mary. It makes Mary and Abe partners and while she didn't LIKE his decisions sometimes and complained a lot, she loved him devotedly and he loved her too. He acknowledges her feelings and validates them and ASKS her to help. She asks her sons to help by holding their heads up, smiling and waving and pretending all was well and they weren't terrified out of their minds. I think Mary gets a bad rep because of her mental health issues and I was happy to see a more nuanced portrayal of her. Rose O'Neal Greenhow also gets a bad rep because she entertained officers from both armies at home- at NIGHT! In this novel she points out she's been widowed twice, lost four children, about to lose another and she's doing what she has to do. It's a modern, feminist interpretation but I think she probably would justify her activities that way. She would say why NOT use the only thing I have available to get what I want? And who knows what she did with those men she entertained... The morals of the time period meant she was slut shamed for a century and a half until now. The way the story unfolds is confusing. I knew the story so I figured out right away who we were meeting on the first page but it was a little strange. Kate's story is revealed slowly in flashbacks sometimes without warning and sometimes the scene is set with a title card announcing the date and location. I guess non-linear storytelling is in fashion right now (Greta Gerwig's Little Women does the same thing). MAJOR points off for no author note, no historical notes, footnotes or anything. That's a huge no-no especially for a book like this which draws important paralells to what's happening now. I also wanted footnotes to know if Kate's dialogue was taken from a primary source, her own words. Some of Lincoln's dialogue was. I recognized his speeches at least. This book is intended for a Young Adult audience because of language and violence. There's a lot of langauge and while some of it seemed to fit THIS Kate Warne, I think MEN wouldn't use that kind of rough language in front of women. Even without a historical note, this is a must-read. The lack of note does drop my rating considerably though.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Many thanks to NetGalley and BOOM! Studios for providing me with a copy of this eARC in exchange for an honest review. This is based on historical fact, and it had me investigoogling as I read it. It’s all true! Kate Warne really did those things! Her main nemesis really did those things too! It’s a place and time period I don’t know much about, but it was fascinating to read about how a woman detective managed to play a significant role in foiling an assassination attempt. However, it did mean a Many thanks to NetGalley and BOOM! Studios for providing me with a copy of this eARC in exchange for an honest review. This is based on historical fact, and it had me investigoogling as I read it. It’s all true! Kate Warne really did those things! Her main nemesis really did those things too! It’s a place and time period I don’t know much about, but it was fascinating to read about how a woman detective managed to play a significant role in foiling an assassination attempt. However, it did mean at times that it was a bit dry – there was a fair bit of history in there! There was also a fair bit of time jumping as well, as we learn about Kate and what made her become a detective, but it tends to be clearly identified by a panel which tells us the time period the action is occurring in. I also really enjoyed the art, and in particular the heritage/sepia tones of the colouring – it had a very historical feel! This is definitely a great starter book for someone who wants to know a little bit more about Lincoln or about a woman who defied convention, but is a bit daunted by a book with lots of words. I found it quite easy to follow even with my limited understanding of the US Civil War.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    While I enjoyed the history and story, I was also very confused. The timeline skipping all around was hard for me to follow which took away from her story. The art was well done and added to the story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lissibith

    Better Angels tells a version of the real-life story of Kate Warne -- America's first female detective -- and focuses on her part investigating The Baltimore Plot, which focused on trying to assassinate President Lincoln. Historically speaking, it was a fascinating read. The ways they got in close to the people they wanted to keep an eye on were interesting, the way the plot had been pulled together was as well, and the cutaways to other things gave a well-rounded view of the events in question. Better Angels tells a version of the real-life story of Kate Warne -- America's first female detective -- and focuses on her part investigating The Baltimore Plot, which focused on trying to assassinate President Lincoln. Historically speaking, it was a fascinating read. The ways they got in close to the people they wanted to keep an eye on were interesting, the way the plot had been pulled together was as well, and the cutaways to other things gave a well-rounded view of the events in question. Kate and her group make for an interesting and varied group to see these events through as well, which was great. Unfortunately, there are definitely times when the story drags. A lot of the work of an investigator is not glamorous and there are long, talky scenes between folks whose conversations are not inherently interesting but who are giving needed info and context to the story. Also, I sometimes had a little trouble keeping the timeline straight and telling some of the characters apart. Aside from that aspect though, I do like the art. Overall, it's not the sort of story I'd recommend unabashedly. But if you want an easy way to learn more about Kate without having to dig into a normal history book, this isn't a bad place to start.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    One of the great 'unsung women' in our country's history! Can anyone imagine what the United States would be like today if Kate Warne would not have saved President Abraham Lincoln's life that day.....I shudder to think! God bless women like Kate Warne :) One of the great 'unsung women' in our country's history! Can anyone imagine what the United States would be like today if Kate Warne would not have saved President Abraham Lincoln's life that day.....I shudder to think! God bless women like Kate Warne :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this story and the art that went along with it. I have been a fan of Jeff Jensen since I read the Green River Killer:A True Detective Story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Just binged this graphic novel in one sitting, staying up way past my "I need to drive into work tomorrow" bedtime - it's an amazing (and true!) story. If you like badass ladies, old-timey spy craft, and the truly amazing story of how Abraham Lincoln had to be smuggled into Baltimore before his inauguration due to threats on his life, check this one out. It's definitely a quick read! Just binged this graphic novel in one sitting, staying up way past my "I need to drive into work tomorrow" bedtime - it's an amazing (and true!) story. If you like badass ladies, old-timey spy craft, and the truly amazing story of how Abraham Lincoln had to be smuggled into Baltimore before his inauguration due to threats on his life, check this one out. It's definitely a quick read!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Tyler

    Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure, written by Jeff Jensen and illustrated by George Schall, is a graphic novel inspired by the true story of Kate Warne, America’s first female detective and her signature achievement--cracking a plot by Confederate radicals to kill Abraham Lincoln. America is at a crossroads. Secession is spreading. And the nation’s newly elected president is the target of a conspiracy to assassinate him and trigger a Civil War. The safety of Lincoln and his family—and the fu Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure, written by Jeff Jensen and illustrated by George Schall, is a graphic novel inspired by the true story of Kate Warne, America’s first female detective and her signature achievement--cracking a plot by Confederate radicals to kill Abraham Lincoln. America is at a crossroads. Secession is spreading. And the nation’s newly elected president is the target of a conspiracy to assassinate him and trigger a Civil War. The safety of Lincoln and his family—and the future of the American experiment—hinges on the success of a new kind of lawman, known by a word still novel in the culture of the time: detective. But there was only one who would prove to be up to the task—an individual whose extraordinary cleverness and resourcefulness would alter the course of history from deep within the shadows of domestic spycraft. Her name was Kate Warne. This is the story of America’s first female detective, a trailblazing working woman trying to make a living and do some good in a tumultuous, sexist age, and whose mysterious life and tall tale exploits are truly the stuff of legend. Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure is a historical graphic novel that shares a bit of history many might not know. The truth of female detectives and what women went through in that time is something people do not always know, or think about if they know. I found the story of Kate and her found family to be fascinating, and while I know much of it was likely embellished or altered for a good story, the important truths are in there as well. I thought the artwork was extremely well done, capturing the period and emotions of the story with great effect. My biggest issue with the story is that I wanted more about Kate and her group after the adventure with the Lincolns, but before the scenes that framed the story here. I need more about what happened with each of her group, because I found myself just as concerned with the secondary characters as the main players. I think this will be a hot with many readers, and might start some into researching more about the female agents of Pinkerton. Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure is an engaging graphic novel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bookish Sophia

    This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review Set in 1861 the story follows Kate, a young woman on the run trying to outrun her past and find herself in the present. Kate discovers love that is soon taken away from her leaving her broke. She is forced to take up menial jobs to earn. In the 18th century America, Kate Warne realizes that the world isn't full of opportunities for someone, a woman like her. She offers her skill to Mr Pinkerton to work as his undercover detective and trai This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review Set in 1861 the story follows Kate, a young woman on the run trying to outrun her past and find herself in the present. Kate discovers love that is soon taken away from her leaving her broke. She is forced to take up menial jobs to earn. In the 18th century America, Kate Warne realizes that the world isn't full of opportunities for someone, a woman like her. She offers her skill to Mr Pinkerton to work as his undercover detective and train other women and girls like herself. Women would be able to hide in plain sight without drawing much attention but also be able to uncover secrets and plots. In February of 1861, Kate Warne stands at the core of a plot against President Abraham Lincoln. It's up to her and her girls, Kew, Alice and Hattie to stop the plot by going undercover, wearing disguise and gaining trust of the people plotting. The format of this comic transports you back into the industrial revolutionary age. With the storyline growing from a question of what happened to the women during the assassination plot on president Abraham Lincoln. Each Character grows from trying to achieve a want to discovering the reason why they act and make Certain decisions. Thank you Netgalley and Boom! Studios for an advanced reader's copy

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fenriz Angelo

    Thanks to Boom Studios for giving me the ARC through Netgalley in exchange of a honest review. Better Angels is a graphic novel based on the first female detective Kate Warne and how she unveiled the assesination plot against Lincoln by secessionists in Baltimore, Maryland; and how Pinkerton's detective agency basically saved his life before the Civil War broke out. I'm not very knowledgeable about American history so when I first saw this graphic novel I thought it was historical fiction. Then Thanks to Boom Studios for giving me the ARC through Netgalley in exchange of a honest review. Better Angels is a graphic novel based on the first female detective Kate Warne and how she unveiled the assesination plot against Lincoln by secessionists in Baltimore, Maryland; and how Pinkerton's detective agency basically saved his life before the Civil War broke out. I'm not very knowledgeable about American history so when I first saw this graphic novel I thought it was historical fiction. Then became intrigued when discovered it was not. Jeff Jensen presents the events through the PoV of Kate herself and intertwines her past life and how she came to be a detective with the present issue with Lincoln, thus making a both engaging and informative read, although I'm not sure how historically accurate this story is. The artwork is great, every character had distinctive features and the color palette used fits the era. My only complain is that the ending felt a bit rushed, I expected it to end in some kind of cliffhanger considering the detectives also worked during the Civil War, however it ended as if Warne's journey ended after saving Lincoln. I'm not sure if there's going to be a continuation but i hope so.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure' by Jeff Jensen with art by George Schall is a graphic novel that tells the true story of a woman detective that saved Abraham Lincoln's life. Kate Warne convinces Allan Pinkerton to hire her as a detective because she is a woman and women at this time in history were largely ignored and could make excellent spies. Kate builds her group of detectives, then is brought to Baltimore to spy on a plot to assassinate newly elected President Lincoln in an attempt b 'Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure' by Jeff Jensen with art by George Schall is a graphic novel that tells the true story of a woman detective that saved Abraham Lincoln's life. Kate Warne convinces Allan Pinkerton to hire her as a detective because she is a woman and women at this time in history were largely ignored and could make excellent spies. Kate builds her group of detectives, then is brought to Baltimore to spy on a plot to assassinate newly elected President Lincoln in an attempt by the confederates to replace the US president with Jefferson Davis, a confederate one. This is a rip-roaring story once it gets going. Part of the problem is that it moves back and forth in time a bit and that is confusing. Amazing art by George Schall has a lithographic/daguerreotype style of the time this story takes place. It is a really good read and tells of a little known woman in history that should be better known. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from BOOM! Studios, Archaia, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Lo

    This graphic novel has so many wonderful elements to it, it's hard to know where to start. It's rich with historical detail that could send you down any number of Google rabbit holes (raised buildings in Chicago? Wide Awakers? Sleeveless dress scandals at the Seneca Falls Convention?), but also such an action-packed and engrossing story that you end up not wanting to stop and interrupt the narrative. Most enjoyable, though, are the characters--historical figures (re)imagined in a way that brings This graphic novel has so many wonderful elements to it, it's hard to know where to start. It's rich with historical detail that could send you down any number of Google rabbit holes (raised buildings in Chicago? Wide Awakers? Sleeveless dress scandals at the Seneca Falls Convention?), but also such an action-packed and engrossing story that you end up not wanting to stop and interrupt the narrative. Most enjoyable, though, are the characters--historical figures (re)imagined in a way that brings them fully to life as complex, admirable, flawed, and deeply relatable people. The flashbacks woven throughout provide a depth and emotional layer both to the story and Kate herself that really pay off. George Schall's illustrations are both beautiful and a wonderful complement to the story. I fell in love with Kate--her spirit and courage, her vulnerability, her wit--but the sensitivity and skill with which the supporting characters (particularly Mary Todd Lincoln) were also developed and depicted made me fall in love with this book as a whole. Hopefully there will be more books that allow us to continue to follow Kate and get to know her and the other characters even better.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amy Nicole

    I was so excited to read this! Based on real events, Kate Warne is America's first female detective who uses stealth, acting, and costumes to get information about one of the first plots against Abraham Lincoln's life in 1861. With views toggling among several time periods and characters (including Kate and Mary Todd Lincoln), this tells the story of women empowerment and agency during the late 1800s. I think the various perspectives made this more difficult to follow. I really loved the section I was so excited to read this! Based on real events, Kate Warne is America's first female detective who uses stealth, acting, and costumes to get information about one of the first plots against Abraham Lincoln's life in 1861. With views toggling among several time periods and characters (including Kate and Mary Todd Lincoln), this tells the story of women empowerment and agency during the late 1800s. I think the various perspectives made this more difficult to follow. I really loved the sections showing Kate Warne doing her sleuthing and finding information about the assassination plot. I wish that the whole story followed that one linear plot line. Instead, the story is bookended with a reflection of Mrs. Lincoln after her husband's death as she retells the story. It also flashes among several points in Warne's timeline including her childhood to beginning work as a detective to the present detective assignment. I want to know even more after reading this! What an interesting moment in history that we seldom hear about.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Floyd

    This graphic novel follows the true story of Kate Warne, better known as America’s First Female Detective. To get her job she had to disguise herself as her deceased husband and convince the Pinkertons to hire her. One of her first cases involved preventing an early attempt on the life of Abraham Lincoln - this book tells that story. It does the job well - though a little pre-reading of her history made the story even more enjoyable. The graphics were nicely done, though, like movies and TV shows This graphic novel follows the true story of Kate Warne, better known as America’s First Female Detective. To get her job she had to disguise herself as her deceased husband and convince the Pinkertons to hire her. One of her first cases involved preventing an early attempt on the life of Abraham Lincoln - this book tells that story. It does the job well - though a little pre-reading of her history made the story even more enjoyable. The graphics were nicely done, though, like movies and TV shows depicting that era, the colors are somewhat muted in order to indicate the age of the story. For the adult, teen, or pre-teen, reader looking for a powerful story depicting a female protagonist (a true story at that), this book should fill the bill. I would like to see more stories featuring Kate Warne and her team of sleuths. This book gets 4-1/2-stars. ______________ This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Haley

    I am definitely interested in books about history. Even better when they are about a niche topic. And what is more niche than talking about a female detective who helped foil a plot to assassinate President Lincoln. Now why I was first really excited to read this that soon waned. I just couldn't find the line between history and historical fiction that this book was playing with. Obviously, we don't know the actually personalities of these people and what their day to day was like so some artist I am definitely interested in books about history. Even better when they are about a niche topic. And what is more niche than talking about a female detective who helped foil a plot to assassinate President Lincoln. Now why I was first really excited to read this that soon waned. I just couldn't find the line between history and historical fiction that this book was playing with. Obviously, we don't know the actually personalities of these people and what their day to day was like so some artistic license has to be taken. I would have appreciated little footnotes throughout the book giving me more historical facts. I think this would have allowed me to enjoy the story more since I would have a more accurate historical basis for the story. Overall, I think this book is a quick, read to learn some quick details about a forgotten American hero, and use as a jumping off point to do your own research for the topic. I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. You can also read my review that will be posted to Goodreads.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dessie

    Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with a copy of "Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure" in exchange for an honest review. I was very pleased with the concept of this book because Kate Warne's story is incredibly interesting and deserves to be told. The illustrations were lovely and set the atmosphere well. The choice of words and overall writing style were authentic and also matched the era, although to be honest I found the story really hard to follow. Once I have read the book I realis Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with a copy of "Better Angels: A Kate Warne Adventure" in exchange for an honest review. I was very pleased with the concept of this book because Kate Warne's story is incredibly interesting and deserves to be told. The illustrations were lovely and set the atmosphere well. The choice of words and overall writing style were authentic and also matched the era, although to be honest I found the story really hard to follow. Once I have read the book I realised how immaculate this story is, but while reading I felt little to no desire to finish it because it is written in a very draining way, which I partially blame on the fact that this book is set in 1861, when the words people used were very different in comparison to the ones we use nowadays. The book is also rather slow-paced, which is not necessarily a bad thing, I just do not like slow-paced books. Overall, some alterations can be made, but it is a nice read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    3.5 stars Meet Kate Warne - a trailblazing working woman trying to make a living and do some good in a tumultuous, sexist age, and who uncovers one of the first plots to assassinate President Lincoln making her America’s first female detective. Upon reading the summary I thought I was picking up a piece of historical fiction, and was delighted to find out it's a true one! The graphic novel cuts between the past and future and centers around Lincoln's train ride from Illinois to Washington DC, as 3.5 stars Meet Kate Warne - a trailblazing working woman trying to make a living and do some good in a tumultuous, sexist age, and who uncovers one of the first plots to assassinate President Lincoln making her America’s first female detective. Upon reading the summary I thought I was picking up a piece of historical fiction, and was delighted to find out it's a true one! The graphic novel cuts between the past and future and centers around Lincoln's train ride from Illinois to Washington DC, as he stops between cities trying to endear himself to a divided nation. Kate, and her group of women detectives, uncover a plot to harm the would-be-president by using one of the biggest tools at their disposal - the underestimation of women. The book does a great job of presenting how these women cultivated their skills and fought the confines society placed on them. By the end I was googling the biographies of these heroines, lamenting this sort of book wasn't in my school library when I was of book report age.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dinnu Reads Books

    I received a copy of this graphic novel through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not really overly knowledgeable in the history of the USA, I know the basics but it’s still a strange country quite far away…🙃 This graphic novel sounded interesting because it depicts one event in the long history of a influential country that probably would have had a big impact to the future of the USA and through this perhaps even to everyone else…🤔 It was surprisingly interesting and not at all dry I received a copy of this graphic novel through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not really overly knowledgeable in the history of the USA, I know the basics but it’s still a strange country quite far away…🙃 This graphic novel sounded interesting because it depicts one event in the long history of a influential country that probably would have had a big impact to the future of the USA and through this perhaps even to everyone else…🤔 It was surprisingly interesting and not at all dry for a historical story, the main character was interesting and an actual historical figure - the first female detective employed by Pinkerton. The story was exciting and adventurous. The art was handsome. 😊 Overall I liked it a lot and I feel a bit smarter!😉

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I requested this one because although I had heard of the Baltimore plot, I had never heard of lady spies involvement in it. Often history is told from men's perspectives and we hear less of the many skills and accomplishments of women. I loved that we got to see a whole division of women spies and their many successful operations in this book. I feel the time jumps were a little jarring and made the book drag a little bit, it took me awhile to finish this one. I did loved the whole story told an I requested this one because although I had heard of the Baltimore plot, I had never heard of lady spies involvement in it. Often history is told from men's perspectives and we hear less of the many skills and accomplishments of women. I loved that we got to see a whole division of women spies and their many successful operations in this book. I feel the time jumps were a little jarring and made the book drag a little bit, it took me awhile to finish this one. I did loved the whole story told and how much I learned, and the art and layout was really eye catching. Overall there is something for everyone in this one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This was a nice look into the real history of the female agent Kate Warne who saved President Lincoln's life before the Civil War. A fascinating, interesting, and strong woman who made her own way in the world and left her important mark on history. But the bouncing around with the timeline just made things confusing a bit. And there were times, it felt that things should have been fleshed out better and explained better. Also with the drawings, sometimes everyone looked the same, so it was hard This was a nice look into the real history of the female agent Kate Warne who saved President Lincoln's life before the Civil War. A fascinating, interesting, and strong woman who made her own way in the world and left her important mark on history. But the bouncing around with the timeline just made things confusing a bit. And there were times, it felt that things should have been fleshed out better and explained better. Also with the drawings, sometimes everyone looked the same, so it was hard to tell who was who. Still a lot of historical fun.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bengali Girl

    Two of my favorite genres merged into one: Graphic Novels and History! I really enjoyed reading this and had no idea about Kate Warne's existence till now. The historical texts are well-written and Kate's spunk is enjoyable as the narration unfolds. If you are a history buff and/or enjoy graphic novels, you will like this one! Thank you #NetGalley and #Boom! Studios for giving me the opportunity to read this. #BetterAngelsAKateWarneAdventure Two of my favorite genres merged into one: Graphic Novels and History! I really enjoyed reading this and had no idea about Kate Warne's existence till now. The historical texts are well-written and Kate's spunk is enjoyable as the narration unfolds. If you are a history buff and/or enjoy graphic novels, you will like this one! Thank you #NetGalley and #Boom! Studios for giving me the opportunity to read this. #BetterAngelsAKateWarneAdventure

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I received an eARC of this title through NetGalley in return for an honest review. I thought this was an okay read. I liked learning more about Kate Warne and all she went through to become a detective. The art was well done and I could mostly tell what was happening during any action scenes. I thought it was an interesting choice to focus on Kate Warne and Mrs. Lincoln. I know some of it was fictionalize, but all in all, I would recommend this to anyone interested in Kate Warne.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    This was such an interesting read and I absolutely loved the artwork throughout! A must-read if you have any interest in history! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC which I received in return for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elyse

    NetGalley ARC. I really enjoyed this graphic novel about the first woman detective, Kate Warne. I had not heard of her prior to this graphic novel and it was a good introduction to her. I definitely want to find a novel about her!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    2.5

  29. 4 out of 5

    Adelaide McIntyre

    I want to know more of her life, more of what's she's done. I want to know about Hattie, more of what happened to the women in the boarding house! I hope more are made~ I want to know more of her life, more of what's she's done. I want to know about Hattie, more of what happened to the women in the boarding house! I hope more are made~

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    This took me forever to read. But, the story was really great and I loved that there were so many women doing jobs that would be typically done by men in that day and age. I really enjoyed the story but the artwork wasn’t my favorite. It wasn’t bad, the style just wasn’t something I liked. Overall though, this was a fun graphic novel and I would like to read more stories set in this universe.

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