While the City Sleeps by Elizabeth Camden Book Review

While the City Sleeps Book Review

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While the City Sleeps by Elizabeth Camden is an interesting historical fiction book set in 1913 New York City. This story has a mystery plot following a woman dentist and the male police officer that’s been walking her home from her late night shifts.


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While the City Sleeps

Author: Elizabeth Camden

Pub. Date: Feb. 13, 2024

Series: Women of Midtown Book 1 

Genre: Adult Historical Fiction

Pages: 352

Rating: 4 stars

Spice: none

Content Warnings: death, bombings, blood, assault, animal death, & suicide 


Katherine Schneider’s workaday life as a dentist in 1913 New York is upended when a patient reveals details of a deadly plot while under the influence of laughing gas. As she is plunged into danger, she seeks help from the dashing Lieutenant Jonathan Birch, a police officer she has long admired from afar.

Jonathan has harbored powerful feelings toward Katherine for years but never acted on them, knowing his dark history is something she could never abide. Now, with her safety on the line, he works alongside her through the nights as they unravel the criminal conspiracy that threatens her. And throughout it all, Jonathan fears what will happen should Katherine ever learn his deepest secrets.


Book Review

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for this ARC of While the City Sleeps by Elizabeth Camden. All opinions are my own.

This was my first Elizabeth Camden book, and I really enjoyed it! I’m definitely interested in reading more of her books in the future.



I haven’t read many books set in this time period, but I found the historical setting very well done. The setting seemed realistic, and I felt immersed in the early 1900s New York City scene.

One of the standout aspects of this story was the plot. I found it super interesting, and I liked how the author used different aspects of that time period to really add to the plot. The night workers, bomb squad, and dentist parts of the story were very educational and unique.

I also enjoyed both the mystery and romance aspects to the story. The mystery came together nicely, and the romance was sweet.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction books and interesting plots.


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