Today I am excited to tell you about Songbird by Gail Meath. This historical mystery thriller is set in New York in the 1920s. It was published in October of this year, and I understand there is a 2nd book in the series is coming out early next year.
Below I give you the book blurb, an extract and also tell you a little about the author.
It’s all fun and games, until someone gets killed.
Meet Jax Diamond, a sharp, sophisticated, skilled, no-nonsense private detective. Or is he? Glued to his side is his canine partner, Ace, a fierce and unrelenting German Shepherd whose mere presence terrorizes criminals into submission. Well, maybe not.
But the two of them are a whole lot smarter than they look. And they have their hands full when a playwright’s death is declared natural causes, and his new manuscript worth a million bucks is missing.
Laura Graystone, a beautiful rising Broadway star, is dragged into the heart of their investigation, and she’s none too happy about it. Especially when danger first strikes, and she needs to rely on her own ingenuity to save their hides.
Join Jax, Laura and Ace on a fun yet deadly ride during the Roaring Twenties that takes twists and turns, and a race against time to find the real murderer before he/she/they stop them permanently.
Twenty minutes later, Jax parked his car in front of Laura’s apartment building and leaned back in his seat. “I’m not convinced it was a heart attack.”
“I knew it,” Laura whispered under her breath.
“There were a couple of things I found and some things I didn’t find in Samuel Sanders’ apartment after he died that just don’t add up. Does that fit in with your quid pro stuff?”
Proudly, she folded her arms in front of her. “Yes, I believe it does, Detective Diamond. What did you want to ask me?”
He pulled out his notepad and pencil. “You said that your meetings with Sam Sanders pertained to your career. How?”
“He’d written a new musical and…I was hoping he’d choose me for the lead.”
He pointed the pencil at her. “Aha! You’re lying, Miss Graystone.”
She glared at him. “How do you know?”
“Your pretty hazel eyes moved away from me as you spoke.”
Now they rolled upwards in exasperation. “Okay, so he chose me for the lead in the play.”
“That’s better. What was the name of the play?”
“Oh, no, Detective. You need to give me an answer first. What did you find at his apartment that you’re not sharing with the police?”
He looked straight ahead now. “Something in his wastebasket.”
“Such as? And let me see those baby blues of yours, Detective.”
He laughed. “Several sheets of paper. From what I could tell, the title of the play he was writing was Songbird. That’s your nickname, isn’t it?”
She lowered her head. “Yes. Mister Sanders approached me a few weeks ago and mentioned that he’d been working on the play. The other night, he gave me a copy of the music score to look over. That’s why I went to his apartment. It was a great honor having him write a musical for me, especially with his reputation.”
“So, he wrote it for you?”
She snapped her head up. “With me in mind for the lead, I meant to say.”
“Right.” Jax wrote that down. “Did Sanders get along with everyone at the theater?”
“Hold on. It’s my turn. What didn’t you find at the apartment? You said there were things you found and didn’t find.”
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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All the best, Emma