Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Seven mysteries set during the Roaring Twenties

Erica Ruth Neubauer spent eleven years in the military, two years as a cop and one year as a high school English teacher before finding her way as a writer. She has reviewed mysteries and crime fiction for several years at publications such as Publishers Weekly, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Mystery Scene Magazine and is a member of both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. When she’s not writing her next novel or curled up with a book, she enjoys traveling, yoga and craft beer. She lives in Milwaukee, WI with her husband.

Neubauer's latest novel is Murder at Wedgefield Manor.

At CrimeReads she tagged seven favorite books set during the original roaring ‘20s, including:
Susanna Calkins, The Fate of a Flapper

In the second book in the Speakeasy Murders series, Gina Ricci has been working at a local Chicago speakeasy—The Third Door—for several months. When Gina’s cousin, a policewoman, calls her to come take photos of the victim of a poisoning, Gina realizes that the dead woman had just been at the Third Door. Did they serve bad booze? Or is there a killer among the patrons and staff? Calkins nails the flavor of Chicago during this time period, with bombings, mob affiliations, and all the slang of the times. (Her Lucy Campion series set in London during the 1600’s is also stellar.)
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue