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An Accidental Corpse by Helen A Harrison

Friday, August 21, 2020 MysteryFiction

An Accidental Corpse by Helen A Harrison front cover

On the night of 11 August 1956, less than a mile from his home in East Hampton, artist Jackson Pollock crashed his green, convertible Oldsmobile 88 into a tree. The 44-year-old Pollock and a female passenger were killed instantly. Ruth Kligman, Pollock’s mistress, survived the accident. This is the real-world basis Helen A Harrison begins with for her crime novel An Accidental Corpse.

Initially the deceased passenger, Kligman’s roommate, Edith Metzger, is presumed to have been killed by the impact of the crash. However, the autopsy proves that she suffered a broken neck and died of asphyxiation before the accident...

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Tell Me How it Ends by VB Grey

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 FictionNovel

Tell Me How It Ends by VB Grey front cover

England in the early 1950s must have been a pretty grey and dismal place to live. The country was still recovering from World War II, and rationing didn’t end until 1954. No wonder, then, that the 1960s were ‘swinging’ as a new sense of freedom swept the land.

In the centre of that maelstrom of colour, pop music and snazzy fashions is Delia Maxwell. She’s a huge singing star with an army of loyal fans – and she’s missing. We’re in London in the Spring of 1963 and when Delia vanishes just as she’s about to sign a lucrative contract for a big Hollywood movie, her record company is worried.

Company boss Peter Jenks calls in the services of Frank Landry, an old RAF pal, in the hope of finding his errant star...

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Copy Boy by Shelley Blanton-Stroud

Thursday, June 25, 2020 MysteryFiction

Welcome to San Francisco in the 1930s. In the midst of the Great Depression it’s seen as a place of opportunity, and Jane Hopper is determined to grasp whatever chance comes her way and hold onto it, tight. Prepare to be drawn into the decidedly different Copy Boy, written by an author who has been described as ‘Raymond Chandler for feminists’.

There’s more than a touch of The Grapes of Wrath about Jane’s roots, and the opening chapters of this slice of noir are set firmly in the Dust Bowls of the Okie trail, where the Hopper family scratches a living picking cotton, living in a hovel built out of canvas and cardboard. At 17, Jane has had enough of living hand to mouth and she dreams of getting away...

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