This can’t-put-it-down novel gives a vintage twist to the ‘ordinary citizen teams up with police to fight crime’ trope. But while that usually involves an eager crime-fan, or a writer doing research, Louise Lovie Lloyd is neither. In fact, she’s possibly the worst choice to help the police catch the Girl Killer before he strikes again, but she’s who they need.
Who is killing Harlem’s Black working girls? Will Louise be next? Or will her 1920s flapper lifestyle get her first? Between gulping down illegal hooch, smoking too many cigarettes, staying up dancing all night, working on a just a few hours sleep, and hiding a secret scandalous romance, Louise has to find the time and energy to help solve the case.
Nekesa Afia’s debut novel is intended to be the first in a new series of vintage mysteries. Will I be keeping an eye out for the next book? You bet, Louise!
Thank you to author Nekesa Afia, NetGalley, and Berkley Publishing Group for allowing me to read a digital advance review copy of this book. This review is my honest and unbiased opinion.