On the eve of the Civil War, the Pinkerton Detective Agency hired the first female detective, Kate Warne. A master of disguise, Kate went on to solve several mysteries and thwart an assassination attempt on president-elect Abraham Lincoln.
Questions and Activities
- Did you know that Kate Warne, Allan Pinkerton and Timothy Webster were real people and are buried in Graceland Cemetery here is Chicago?
- What were some of the most famous cases handled by the Pinkerton National Detective Agency?
- Try your own detective skills by acting out a play of The Baltimore Plot.
- Nell and Jemma use codes and ciphers in their letters. Try your hand at creating a cipher and see if your friends can crack the code.
- The Pinkerton National Detective Agency was the first Secret Service agency in the United States. What is the Secret Service?
- Nell has to use a lot of disguises in her detective work. Can you create a disguise to fool your friends and family?
- Explore more about what it takes to be a spy with the International Spy Museums' KidSpy Zone.
- If you really enjoyed The Detective's Assistant, try Kate Hannigan's other novel, Cupcake Cousins.
Learn more about this month's Author of the Month in our Q&A with Hannigan about her writing process.