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  • Brilliant, Disturbing & Evocative

    It's 1959 where, in Sunnylakes, California, the skies are blue and it’s another scorching hot day. Joyce Haney disappears from her home, leaving behind a bloodstain on her kitchen floor. In the small suburban town, all fingers immediately point in the direction of Joyce's black hired help, Ruby Wright, but the mystery deepens as conflicting pieces of evidence emerge proving to be challenging for Detective Mick Blanke. Suburban Sunnylake is well depicted by Inga Vesper in all its rather disturbing, secretive glory. The reader learns of the 1950's attitudes prevalent at that time, the middle-class white males all out at work while their wives are in their domestic roles, at home. The mystery itself is compelling and intriguing with some very disturbing revelations. The reader gets to know Joyce through the eyes of her husband, Frank, Ruby, her friends and from the woman herself, in glimpses of her that fateful day in August 1951. In an evocative story simmering with tension, I was enthralled from the start to the finale. An excellent début that you won't want to miss. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bonnier Books, Manilla Press via NetGalley and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • The Long Long Afternoon

    I give this beautifully written book five stars. I could hardly bear to put it down. Set in the 1950's with engaging characters, it weaves in major social issues which are still in our headlines. It deserves many readers.

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  • Beautiful written mystery

    A mystery set in 1950’s America. Interesting characters and a gentle look at feminism and racism in the era made this a gripping read.

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