Innocence Lost by Sherilyn Decter

* Book 1 of The Bootleggers’ Chronicles
* By Sherilyn Decter
* Publication Date: February 21, 2019
* Genre: Literature Historical Women’s Crime 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 criminal 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 oldest tenant: 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 a touch of the paranormal, then you’ll love Sherilyn Decter’s gripping tale.

Check out INNOCENCE LOST on bookfunnel and the Media Page on the author’s website. INNOCENCE LOST is also available for pre-buy on Amazon.


The Roaring Twenties and Prohibition were a fantasy land, coming right after the horrors and social upheaval of World War I. Even a century later, it all seems so exotic.

Women got the vote, started working outside the home, and (horrors!) smoked and drank in public places. They even went on unchaperoned dates (gasp)! Corsets were thrown into the back of the closets, and shoes were discovered to be an addictive fashion accessory after hemlines started to rise. And thanks to Prohibition, suddenly it was fashionable to break the law. The music was made in America- ragtime, delta blues, and of course jazz. Cocktails were created to hide the taste of the bathtub gin. Flappers were dancing, beads and fringes flying. Fedoras were tipped. And everyone was riding around in automobiles (aka struggle buggies and I leave it to your imagination why- wink.)

Bootleggers’ Chronicles grew out of that fascination. Writing as Sherilyn Decter, I will eventually have a series of historical crime fiction novels dealing with the bootleggers, gangsters, flappers, and general lawlessness that defined Prohibition. The Bootlegger blog rose out of all the research that I’ve been doing about this incredible era.

Growing up on the prairies and living next to the ocean, I am a creature of endless horizons. Writing allows me to discover what’s just over the next one. My husband and I have three amazing daughters, a spoiled grandson, and two bad dogs.

Sherilyn Decter is enthralled with the flashing flappers and dangerous bootleggers from the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition. Through meticulous research, that lawless era is brought to life. Living in a century-old house, maybe the creaking pipes whisper stories in her ear. To get the inside skinny on the Bootlegger’s Chronicles, you can reach Sherilyn at the following links:



I blog tour is now underway for INNOCENCE LOST by Sherilyn Decter, a Literature Historical Women’s Crime Fiction novel. This tour will run from February 25th to March 1st, 2019. Posts will consist of reviews, guest posts, interviews, and excerpts. There will also be a tour giveaway. Review copies will be available in eBook formats, with a very few limited paperback copies. HTML posts for the tour will also be provided.

You can still sign up HERE to be a part of this fascinating tour. Bloggers, please note there is a tour featuring the second book in The Bootleggers’ Chronicles, TASTING THE APPLE, which you can sign up for HERE.

Monday, Feb. 25 – What Is That Book About – Spotlight
Juneta @ WritersGambit – Guest Post & Excerpt
Mythical Books – Excerpt
The Story of a Writer – Excerpt
Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Tuesday, Feb. 26 – Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews – Q & A
Thoughts in Progress – Spotlight

Wednesday, Feb. 27 – A Smile And A Gun – Interview

Thursday, Feb. 28 – Book Reviews by Pat Garcia – Review
Hank Quense’s Blog – Excerpt
No Genre Left Behind – Excerpt

Friday, March 1 – Carole’s Book Corner – Spotlight
Celticlady’s Reviews – Excerpt & Spotlight
Reviews by Crystal – Excerpt