Miss Aldridge Regrets (A Canary Club Mystery #1) (Hardcover)
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This is book number 1 in the A Canary Club Mystery series.
It's 1936, and nightclub singer Lena Aldridge regrets plenty - so with an opportunity to escape London and people's gossip about the recent murder of her best friend's cheating husband, she jumps at the chance to board the Queen Mary and snag a role on Broadway. Only death seems determined to follow her, and clues point to Lena as the main suspect. With the wrong kind of spotlight pointed directly at her, Lena has to save herself before she's found guilty. There's nothing better than a deftly plotted historical mystery - I really was guessing the whole time! But the real star here is Hare's smooth navigation through the issues surrounding Lena's parentage, her ability to pass as white amongst society's upper echelons, and her discomfort with the idea of leaving her father's people, and her people, behind in favor of an easier life. I can't wait to eagerly follow this new mystery series for years.— Rachel Copeland
“Super cinematic and every bit as Agatha Christie-esque as its sounds... ifyou like murder mysteries, pick this one up!”
-Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Book Lovers
Named A Most Anticipated Mystery of Summer by Betches, Essence, Crime Reads and more!
The glittering RMS Queen Mary. A nightclub singer on the run. An aristocratic family with secrets worth killing for.
London, 1936. Lena Aldridge wonders if life has passed her by. The dazzling theatre career she hoped for hasn’t worked out. Instead, she’s stuck singing in a sticky-floored basement club in Soho, and her married lover has just left her. But Lena has always had a complicated life, one shrouded in mystery as a mixed-race girl passing for white in a city unforgiving of her true racial heritage.
She’s feeling utterly hopeless until a stranger offers her the chance of a lifetime: a starring role on Broadway and a first-class ticket on the Queen Mary bound for New York. After a murder at the club, the timing couldn’t be better, and Lena jumps at the chance to escape England. But death follows her onboard when an obscenely wealthy family draws her into their fold just as one among them is killed in a chillingly familiar way. As Lena navigates the Abernathy’s increasingly bizarre family dynamic, she realizes that her greatest performance won't be for an audience, but for her life.
With seductive glamor, simmering family drama, and dizzying twists, Louise Hare makes her beguiling US debut.
About the Author
Louise Hare is a London-based author. Her debut novel, This Lovely City, was published in the UK to wide acclaim, and was a Between the Covers Book Club Pick on BBC Two. She has an MA in creative writing from the University of London.
"In Lena Aldridge, Hare has created a heroine who practically leaps off the page with her sharp wit and incandescence. Throw in a Jazz Age ocean crossing on the Queen Mary and series of diabolical murders that would make Agatha Christie proud, and I was done for, turning the pages late into the night. Irresistible and smart."
—Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue
“Fiendishly plotted with more twists than a corkscrew, this nineteen thirties novel set on board the Queen Mary is a real page turner.”
—Rhys Bowen, New York Times Bestselling author of the Royal Spyness series
“Full of intrigue and tension, Miss Aldridge Regrets is an expertly plotted, beautifully set novel. With every character hiding something, Louise Hare builds the story in a way that is compelling and completely unputdownable.”
—Nekesa Afia, author of Dead Dead Girls
“With vividly drawn characters, this exciting blend of murder mystery and historical romance is hard to put down once one starts reading.”—Library Journal