Book: Fortune Favors the Dead


"A detective novel set in 1945, about two female private investigators trying to solve the locked-room murder of a society widow"--

  • Author : Stephen Spotswood
  • Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Release : 03 August 2021
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 13 : 9780593310755

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Score: 3.5
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"A detective novel set in 1945, about two female private investigators trying to solve the locked-room murder of a society widow"--

Book: Fortune Favors the Dead


“Razor-sharp style, tons of flair, a snappy sense of humor, and all the most satisfying elements of a really good noir novel, plus plenty of original twists of its own.”—Tana French A wildly charming and fast-paced mystery written ...

  • Author : Stephen Spotswood
  • Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Release : 27 October 2020
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 13 : 9780385546560

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Score: 3.5
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“Razor-sharp style, tons of flair, a snappy sense of humor, and all the most satisfying elements of a really good noir novel, plus plenty of original twists of its own.”—Tana French A wildly charming and fast-paced mystery written with all the panache of the hardboiled classics, Fortune Favors the Dead introduces Pentecost and Parker, an audacious new detective duo for the ages. It's 1942 and Willowjean "Will" Parker is a scrappy circus runaway whose knife-throwing skills have just saved the life of New York's best, and most unorthodox, private investigator, Lillian Pentecost. When the dapper detective summons Will a few days later, she doesn't expect to be offered a life-changing proposition: Lillian's multiple sclerosis means she can't keep up with her old case load alone, so she wants to hire Will to be her right-hand woman. In return, Will is to receive a salary, room and board, and training in Lillian's very particular art of investigation. Three years later, Will and Lillian are on the Collins case: Abigail Collins was found bludgeoned to death with a crystal ball following a big, boozy Halloween party at her home—her body slumped in the same chair where her steel magnate husband shot himself the year before. With rumors flying that Abigail was bumped off by the vengeful spirit of her husband (who else could have gotten inside the locked room?), the family has tasked the detectives with finding answers where the police have failed. But that's easier said than done in a case that involves messages from the dead, a seductive spiritualist, and Becca Collins—the beautiful daughter of the deceased, who Will quickly starts falling for. When Will and Becca's relationship dances beyond the professional, Will finds herself in dangerous territory, and discovers she may have become the murderer's next target.

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' Publishers Weekly 'This novel not only offers fun, offbeat characters and an exceptional flavour of the time, it's utterly charming too.

  • Author : Stephen Spotswood
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 12 November 2020
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 13 : 9781472274793

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The 'razor-sharp' first book in the charming, fast-paced Pentecost and Parker mystery series. Book Two, Murder Under Her Skin, coming December 2021! Meet your new favourite duo, audacious and iconic, and perfect for fans of The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, Agatha Christie and M. C. Beaton. It's 1945 and Lillian Pentecost is the most successful private detective in New York City, but she needs help. Enter Willowjean Parker, a circus runaway - and the perfect assistant. Quick-witted and street-smart, she's a jack-of-all-trades with a unique skill-set. She can pick locks blindfolded, wrestle men twice her size, and throw knives with deadly precision - all of which come in handy working for Ms P. When wealthy young widow Abigail Collins is murdered Pentecost and Parker are hired by the family to track down the culprit. On Halloween night, there was a costume party at the Collins' mansion, where a fortune teller performed a séance which greatly disturbed Abigail. Several hours later her body was discovered bludgeoned to death in her late husband's office. Problem is, the door to the office was locked from the inside. There was no-one else in the room, and the murder weapon was beside the victim; the fortune teller's crystal ball. It looks like an impossible crime, but Pentecost and Parker know there is no such thing... A 2020 Radio 2 Book Club pick. Praise for Fortune Favours the Dead: 'Razor-sharp, tons of flair and a snappy sense of humour' Tana French 'Bullets, blood, bodies, and belly-laughs: all the ingredients of a classic mystery novel. Stephen Spotswood hard-boils with the best of 'em!' Alan Bradley, bestselling author of the Flavia de Luce Mystery Series 'Fortune Favours the Dead takes gritty 40s noir, shakes it up, gives it a charming twist, and serves it up with unforgettable style. My new favourite sleuthing duo.' Deanna Raybourn, author of the Veronica Speedwell Mysteries 'Spotswood's stellar debut puts a modern spin on

Book: Murder Under Her Skin


Rex Stout meets Agatha Christie with a fresh twist in the new Pentecost and Parker Mystery, a delightfully hardboiled high-wire act starring two daring woman sleuths dead set on justice as they set out to solve a murder at a traveling ...

  • Author : Stephen Spotswood
  • Publisher : Doubleday
  • Release : 07 December 2021
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 13 : 9780385547154

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Score: 4.5
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Rex Stout meets Agatha Christie with a fresh twist in the new Pentecost and Parker Mystery, a delightfully hardboiled high-wire act starring two daring woman sleuths dead set on justice as they set out to solve a murder at a traveling circus Someone’s put a blade in the back of the Amazing Tattooed Woman, and Willowjean “Will” Parker’s former knife-throwing mentor has been stitched up for the crime. To uncover the truth, Will and her boss, world-famous detective Lillian Pentecost, travel south to the circus where they find a snakepit of old grudges, small-town crime, and secrets worth killing for. New York, 1946: The last time Will Parker let a case get personal, she walked away with a broken face, a bruised ego, and the solemn promise never again to let her heart get in the way of her job. But she called Hart and Halloway’s Travelling Circus and Sideshow home for five years, and Ruby Donner, the circus’s tattooed ingenue, was her friend. To make matters worse the prime suspect is Valentin Kalishenko, the man who taught Will everything she knows about putting a knife where it needs to go. To suss out the real killer and keep Kalishenko from a date with the electric chair, Will and Ms. Pentecost join the circus in sleepy Stoppard, Virginia, where the locals like their cocktails mild, the past buried, and big-city detectives not at all. The two swiftly find themselves lost in a funhouse of lies as Will begins to realize that her former circus compatriots aren’t playing it straight, and that her murdered friend might have been hiding a lot of secrets beneath all that ink. Dodging fistfights, firebombs, and flying lead, Will puts a lot more than her heart on the line in the search of the truth. Can she find it before someone stops her ticker for good?

Book: Fortune Favors the Cruel


Throne of Glass meets Black Jewels in this twisted yet alluring dark fantasy tale.

  • Author : Kel Carpenter
  • Publisher : Kel Carpenter
  • Release : 17 May 2019
  • Category: Uncategorized
  • Pages : 404
  • ISBN 13 : 1951738292

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Fortune Favors the Cruel Book Summary :

Throne of Glass meets Black Jewels in this twisted yet alluring dark fantasy tale. Quinn Darkova, freed from the chains of slavery, wants nothing more than vengeance against those who sold her. But with her dark powers on the rise and her ascension nearing, Quinn's blood retribution will have to wait in favor of her immediate survival. Lazarus Fierté is a nobleman without equal. He's as controlling as he is stubborn, and for the last six years he's been waiting for a woman to appear-but not just any woman. A Maji of great power, capable of terrible things. She could be the key to everything he holds dear. His savior ... or his destroyer. The only thing he didn't predict was that she would become both.

Book: Rhode Island Red


A New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year In the third book in the Nanette Hayes Mystery series, Nan finds a voodoo doll is bringing her some much needed luck...until the doll's maker is murdered and Nan is dragged into the ...

  • Author : Charlotte Carter
  • Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
  • Release : 27 July 2021
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 13 : 9780593314111

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Score: 4
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The first book in the Nanette Hayes Mystery series introduces us to jazz-loving, street busker Nanette, whose love life leads her into some very hot water. Nan's day is not off to a good start. Her on-again, off-again relationship with Walter is off...again, and when she offers a fellow busker a place to stay for the night he ends up murdered on her kitchen floor. To make matters worse, the busker turns out to have been an undercover cop. And his former partner has taken an immediate and extreme dislike to Nan. When she finds that the dead man stashed a wad of cash in her apartment, cash that could go to help his blind girlfriend, Nan's desire to do the right thing lands her in trouble. Soon she's on the hunt for a legendary saxophone worth its weight in gold. But there are plenty of people who would kill for the priceless instrument, and Nan's new beau just might be one of them.

Book: First Avenue


A Seattle beat cop is haunted by his discovery of an abandoned dead infant in a seedy downtown hotel and sets out to uncover the truth about the child and those responsible for its death. A first novel. Reprint.

  • Author : Lowen Clausen
  • Publisher : Berkley
  • Release : 24 January 2022
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 372
  • ISBN 13 : 0451409485

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Score: 4.5
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A Seattle beat cop is haunted by his discovery of an abandoned dead infant in a seedy downtown hotel and sets out to uncover the truth about the child and those responsible for its death. A first novel. Reprint.

Book: Dead Dead Girls


“In this terrific series opener, Afia evokes the women’s lives in all their wayward and beautiful glory, especially the abruptness with which their dreams, hopes and fears cease to exist.”--The New York Times The start of an exciting ...

  • Author : Nekesa Afia
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 01 June 2021
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 13 : 9780593199114

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“In this terrific series opener, Afia evokes the women’s lives in all their wayward and beautiful glory, especially the abruptness with which their dreams, hopes and fears cease to exist.”--The New York Times The start of an exciting new historical mystery series set during the Harlem Renaissance from debut author Nekesa Afia Harlem, 1926. Young Black women like Louise Lloyd are ending up dead. Following a harrowing kidnapping ordeal when she was in her teens, Louise is doing everything she can to maintain a normal life. She’s succeeding, too. She spends her days working at Maggie’s Café and her nights at the Zodiac, Harlem’s hottest speakeasy. Louise’s friends, especially her girlfriend, Rosa Maria Moreno, might say she’s running from her past and the notoriety that still stalks her, but don’t tell her that. When a girl turns up dead in front of the café, Louise is forced to confront something she’s been trying to ignore—two other local Black girls have been murdered in the past few weeks. After an altercation with a police officer gets her arrested, Louise is given an ultimatum: She can either help solve the case or wind up in a jail cell. Louise has no choice but to investigate and soon finds herself toe-to-toe with a murderous mastermind hell-bent on taking more lives, maybe even her own....

Book: Do I Know You


Combining magnetic, wise-cracking narration and a skillfully layered plot, Do I Know You? is a gripping psychological thriller and tale of redemption that reveals the power of a sister's love.

  • Author : Sarah Strohmeyer
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release : 30 November 2021
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 13 : 9780063091306

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Do I Know You Book Summary :

“A fabulous read packed with suspense, unexpected twists, glamour and humor. Prepare to be gripped from the first to the last page!” —Liane Moriarty For readers of Lisa Jewell, Liv Constantine, and Megan Miranda, a lightning-paced psychological thriller about two women, a tragedy that connects them as teenagers, and the terrible reckoning that will decide their fates a decade later. Jane Ellison is a “super recognizer” able to identify strangers by the slightest facial details—the curve of a head, the arch of an eyebrow. When she spies human rights activist and heiress Bella Valencia in a crowded Boston airport, Jane’s convinced she’s found the person responsible for her sister Kit’s disappearance and presumed death eleven years earlier. But her attempt to detain the suspect ends with Jane herself fired and humiliated. As Bella prepares to marry Will Pease, scion of the uber-wealthy, influential, and ruthless Pease family, famous for their wholesome wellness and lifestyle brand, on their private Cape Cod island, she grows increasingly anxious that her dire secret will be revealed and used against her by—of all people—the man she loves. She has reason to fear: Jane is ready to risk everything for the chance to publicly expose Bella’s crimes at her upcoming celebrity wedding. But the more she digs into what happened that night, the more she questions her own assumptions. Combining magnetic, wise-cracking narration and a skillfully layered plot, Do I Know You? is a gripping psychological thriller and tale of redemption that reveals the power of a sister's love.

Book: Write Murder


Written with the same scathing wit and unflinching insight that has made its beloved author the host of his own popular podcast TheDinnerPartyShow.com, Write Murder is a cross between The Devil Wears Prada and the novels of Jackie Collins - ...

  • Author : Eric Quinn
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 01 October 2015
  • Category: Uncategorized
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 13 : 0996751319

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Write Murder Book Summary :

New York Times bestselling author Eric Shaw Quinn is back in this hilarious whodunit taking readers on a dishy insider's tour through Hollywood's bedrooms and backlots. When ghostwriter Paige Blanche gets unceremoniously fired by mega-celebrity Angela Panderson, the most famous woman in the world -- and known to her fans as Angel -- Paige is left destitute and more than a little bitter. A chance encounter between the two rivals on the night of the party celebrating Angel's engagement to a billionaire media mogul publicly reignites their feud. Hours later, the body of Angel's murdered fiancé turns up in her hotel suite. Clearly being set up, Angel arrives at Paige's door, covered in blood and pleading for help from the last man on earth who'd want to help her and the only one who can't turn her down. Together, the two embark on a madcap romp through the looking glass of Hollywood as they try to solve the murder, clear their names, and get a three-picture deal in the process. Written with the same scathing wit and unflinching insight that has made its beloved author the host of his own popular podcast TheDinnerPartyShow.com, Write Murder is a cross between The Devil Wears Prada and the novels of Jackie Collins -- a can't-miss read for fans of Hollywood secrets and satire.

Book: Spotswood Virginia


Spotswood, Virginia takes place in the racially divisive mid-twentieth century south and includes mob violence, political cowardice, family conflict and mental illness; however, the focus of the collection is on ordinary people forced to ...

  • Author : Nancy Bourne
  • Publisher : Stephen F. Austin University Press
  • Release : 30 September 2021
  • Category: Uncategorized
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 13 : 1622884086

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Spotswood, Virginia takes place in the racially divisive mid-twentieth century south and includes mob violence, political cowardice, family conflict and mental illness; however, the focus of the collection is on ordinary people forced to make decisions in a morally confused, deeply divided world. In "Memorial Mansion," a politically naive librarian is caught between her empathy for a black teacher and her deep love for her racist son. An ambitious politician in "Massive Resistance" strives to convince himself and his family that his conservative politics will somehow redeem the racist south. In "Dirty Dora," an academically backward young girl is sent to reform school for dancing with a black man. A love-sick paper boy in "Going Under" tries to save a sexually provocative high school girl by bringing her to God. A tour de force collection in the vein of Faulkner and O'Connor, Spotswood Virginia is sure to please.