If you like Prohibition era capers full of outrageous antics, hilarious dialogue and plenty of fun, look no further than Maia Chance’s Naughty on Ice.
The Discreet Retrieval Agency doesn’t normally take anonymous commissions, but when a strange greeting card summons them to Vermont, they jump at the chance of a picturesque holiday vacation. Still - it doesn’t look good for Lola and Berta to be in the process of removing an antique ring from Great Aunt Cressida’s sausagelike finger when Mrs Goddard passes from a poisoned Negroni cocktail. But being under suspicion doesn’t stop the intrepid duo from working to clear their names. Needless to say hilarious hijinks follow, as the ladies of the Discreet Retrieval Agency, work to uncover the secrets of suspects - and in Lola’s case be fashionable doing so.
Lola and her pup are adorable, if naive about the...
Mood Indigo is a jazz age delight, complete with two stars of the era - Noel Coward and Edna Ferber. Their world is one where austerity stands besides privilege and the idle rich follow their dreams. From Broadway to breadlines, Ifkovic portrays a vibrant and volatile world. Dougie Maddox is a financially astute but socially naive heir to a 5th Ave dynasty. He loves Belinda Ross, an up and coming star, passionately and unreservedly. His jealousy is well known. When she is found strangled at an automat - Dougie is the prime suspect. He wants Edna and Noel to find out the truth.
Ifkovic does an excellent job breathing life into his characters. Using historical figures in a work of fiction can be a challenge, but he does a good job and the story is an interesting one. It can be a bit slow going at times, but on the whole Mood...
Three Days to Dead puts the demon in the "demon drink" days of prohibition. The Damned is a comic series where gangsters are as likely to be demons as humans, and souls are bought and sold as easily as back alley hooch (alcohol). It is a dangerous time and if you dance with the devil your life may be very short. The exception is Eddie. For him, death is not permanent. A gift, maybe, a curse, definitely.
The Damned volume 1 contains the complete Three Days Dead story arc. Eddie is revived in order to find out what happened to the demon in charge of finalizing the truce between Big Al's gang and a competing family. But something tells Eddie there is more at stake than the missing demon and the possibility of a gang war. Finding out what means Eddie must face his own demons, the most dangerous of the bunch.
Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Mystery & Thrillers, History
Pub Date 16 Jan 2017
The 1920s were a hot time for developers in the Sunshine State. The real estate business was booming. Living in Florida, and being familiar with some of the history led me to jump at the chance to read Murder on the Mullet Express. I am glad I did. Not only were the characters delightfully original, with intriguing and well plotted backstories, Gwen Mayo and Sarah Glenn do a fantastic job capturing the feeling of Post WWI prohibition era Florida. It is such an unusual setting for a historical mystery - very refreshing.
Chauffeuring Uncle Percy is always an adventure, but Cornelia and her friend Teddy don't expect him to look at land not become a suspect in a murder inquiry. Film camera in tow, the trio have driven to Florida to see the new development at Homosassa Spri...
Mobsters, starlets, crooked cops, and one momentous movie come together in Michael Mayo’s newest Jimmy Quinn mystery - Jimmy and Fay. What lover of classic movies and mystery could turn down the opportunity to meet Fay Wray, particularly as a damsel in real life distress? Jimmy Quinn certainly doesn’t when she comes to him with a peculiar problem - she is being blackmailed with pornographic photographs that contain a lookalike. Despite the woman in the photos clearly not being her, Fay wants the issue settled before it becomes embarrassing. Jimmie Quinn, known for his sense of honor and having one foot firmly on each side of the law is an obvious choice for a go-between. He takes his task a step further, and starts looking into who is behind the blackmail. What he finds is far more complicated, and far more deadly - implicating supposed bastions of wealth and prop...