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The courtrooms of 1903 Los Angeles are a man’s world––until Kit Shannon arrives

With shoulders squared and dreams set high, Kit Shannon arrives in Los Angeles feeling a special calling to the law. Yet under the care of her socialite aunt, Kit quickly comes to realize that few understand her burning desire to seek justice and practice a profession known only to men. When her aunt adamantly refuses to support her unconventional career aspirations, Kit questions whether she is truly following God's will. And when her growing love for a man pledged to another threatens scandal, Kit knows her days might be numbered in Los Angeles.

A chance meeting with Earl Rogers, the city's most prominent criminal lawyer, garners Kit an apprentice position. And work on a notorious murder case. Someone has been killing prostitutes in Los Angeles, but Kit is certain it is not Rogers’ client. Determined to find the truth, Kit runs full on into forces that want to stop her, forces that stretch all the way to the citadels of power in the City of Angels.

Historical Romantic Suspense from Tracie Peterson and James Scott Bell

90,000 words

A CBA Bestseller

James Scott Bell is a multi-bestselling author and the winner of the Christy Award for Excellence. He is also the author of the #1 bestselling book for writers, Plot & Structure. He lives and writes in Los Angeles.


Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 80 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Belgrade, Montana.

"...a great story, historical fiction plus legal thriller in the style of John Grisham." -

"The plot is compelling, the characters are real, and Kit's faith is genuine. Highly recommended." - Church Libraries

"City of Angels is first in a series about Kathleen Shannon, an orphan with connections. She journeys to Los Angeles in 1903 to live with her rich aunt and, she hopes, study law. Male lawyers put up obstacles, but her investigative skills win their grudging admiration." – Booklist


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City of Angels (The Trials of Kit Shannon #1)
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City of Angels
November 10th, 2015
A brilliant story of the struggles women faced when trying to break society's bond of what was expected of them. Kit's strong faith in God and his call to her to be a lawyer is met with all kinds of obstacles to prevent her from becoming a trial lawyer. It is her faith in God and justice that enables her to fight for a friend who is charged with murder. The outcome is uncertain until the final chapter.
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City of angels
March 4th, 2015
Favtastic, could not put this book down. My interest was captured from the moment i read the first few pages. I will definitely read more from tis
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Eastern canadian
January 4th, 2015
I ENJOYED this book because it showed me that it is very important to take a stand for what we believe God is in control and on our side We need to look to Him for guidaces in all suituations
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