London 1925, young bored socialites spend frenzied nights in clubs drinking and dancing…and dying. With a poisoner on the loose Lady Adelaide, with the help of her dearly departed husband Rupert, is determined to assist Scotland Yard when the murderer hits too close to home.
Imagine Noel Coward and Agatha Christie collaborated on a mystery…think Blithe Spirit meets Tommy and Tuppence. This is that book! Intelligent, bright, bubbly, witty.
The interaction between the characters is what made this a great read for me. The relationship between Addie and Rupert, and Addie and Dev, may be contentious, but the wordplay is witty and engaging. All of the characters are appealing, but I love Addie. She hits all the right notes for me. The character is believable, never over the top, intelligent, shrewd, and funny.
The story cleverly combines period subject matter with a creative plot. 1920’s London clubs and the young, decadent “Bright Young People” that frequented them are vividly described. The plot is clever, well paced, with just enough twists. An enjoyable romp, that makes you feel as thought you are racing right along with it to what is a very satisfying conclusion.
I haven’t read the first in the series…but I definitely will now. And I am really looking forward to the next installment.
My thanks to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for the advance copy of this book for my review.