Wednesday, March 4, 2015

{Review} FASCINATING RHYTHM by Anne Louise Bannon

ISBN #: 978-0990992318
Page Count: 346
Copyright: March 1, 2015
Publisher: Robin Goodfellow Enterprises

(Taken from Amazon)

When Frank Selby is murdered, his secretary Kathy Briscow is the prime suspect. After all, she was doing his work for him, including editing The Old Money Story, by socialite Freddie Little. Only Freddie thinks he knows who really killed Selby. So he and Kathy join forces, searching the speakeasies and streets of 1924 New York City to find a killer with an obsession.

Charlene's Review:

Kathy Briscow, secretary at Healcroft House Publishing, becomes the number one suspect in a murder when her boss, who she was secretly editing for is murdered. Her supposed motive? Promotion to senior editor and to finally take the credit she deserves. Author, Freddie Little, upon learning of Kathy’s work, demands she stay on his book, and fearing he knows the truth, teams up with Kathy, and together, they set search for the killer.

This is a delightful book, set in a fascinating era. As Ms. Bannon takes us through the mystery surrounding the editors death, we are privy to the edgy, glamorous underworld of the 1920's. Set in speakeasies and alleyways, and ever mindful of a woman's place, its like stepping back in time. Touching on socioeconomic differences, sexism, and Prohibition, there is a lot of meat to this story. Ms. Bannon balances all of this with a ballsy protagonist and a sweet, tough guy, fighting the truth, and maybe finding a little romance.

Fascinating Rhythm is reminiscent of Agatha Christie or Dorothy Sayers’ novels of the time period. A very nice story to cozy up to a fire with and imbibe. Legally, of course.

*A physical copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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