It’s a deadly game of who’s who, and who isn’t.
Things get pretty sticky for PI Jax Diamond and his courageous canine partner, Ace, when their best friend, a cop, is framed for murder. And not just anyone’s murder. The victim is the fiancée of the most notorious gangster in the city, Orin Marino, Jax’s worst enemy.
Laura Graystone, the budding Broadway Star and Jax’s new squeeze, proves to be an ingenious partner as they sift through clues trying to find the real murderer. But when Jax is pinched for another crime, Laura and Ace are forced to go undercover.
Hang on to your seat as Jax, Laura and Ace take you on another crazy, whodunit ride during the Roaring Twenties. Where no one is who they seem, and those who do, aren’t. Anything goes during an era of fun and frolic, song and dance, speakeasies, gangsters, bootlegging, and bribes.
I adored Songbird – the first book in the Jax Diamond series – and this one is just as good, if not better. It’s a rip-roaring ride through a world of murder, gangsters, night clubs, jazz and bootlegging.
Sometimes you can’t help liking the enemy (remember Denzel Washington in American Gangster) and I had a soft spot for Orin Marino right from the beginning. After all, he was Jax’s best mate in the army back when, but then people do change over time, so we need to keep an open mind.
Jax Diamond is our hero – tall, blond and handsome, with a wicked sense of humour. Ex-police officer turned private detective, Jax counts Ace the German Shepherd as his faithful and very clever sidekick. And now he has ‘songbird’ Laura Greystone, feisty, fearless, beautiful and talented on his side. And she knows all about cars. What’s that all about?
So when Orin’s fiancée is found murdered, the intrepid three must discover who is responsible as Jax’s police officer friend Murph is being set up for the murder. One problem though, the last time Jax and Orin met they had a real physical fight, and Jax is blinkered as to who is involved. Orin Marino, end of.
But what’s his motive – apparently he adored his fiancée – and why was Murph hit over the head and almost drowned if he was the killer? It all gets very complicated and then Jax is also implicated and wanted for murder. Where will it end?
It’s a fast-paced, quick and easy read, always exciting and with a brilliant cast of characters. I can’t wait for the next in the series. I’m already casting it for its Netflix series.
Many thanks to @zooloo2008 for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.
About the Author
Award-winning author Gail Meath writes historical romance novels that will whisk you away to another time and place in history where you will meet fascinating characters, both fictional and real, who will capture your heart and soul. Meath loves writing about little or unknown people, places and events in history, rather than relying on the typical stories and settings.
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