Mystery and Romance in 1920s Manhattan…
A homicide detective and a tabloid reporter are on the road to romance but at cross-purposes at work when they investigate the New Year’s Eve murder of a young heiress after she comes into control of a family fortune.
New York City, 1925
It’s after midnight on New Year’s Day, and the richest girl in America has just fallen to her death from the top floor of the posh Cleveland Hotel in Manhattan.
When Detective Sean Costigan arrives at the scene, he learns it’s the day after Abigail Welles’s twenty-first birthday—the day she inherited a family fortune. It’s not the kind of coincidence that warms a detective’s heart. Neither is the fact that she wasn’t alone when she fell. Her new husband, Long Island party boy Nick Welles, lies incoherent in the master bedroom.
Sean’s girl, tabloid reporter Trixie Frank, is the first newshound on the scene. It’s a bigger scoop than she dreamed. The young heiress’s death will make national headlines. More importantly, this story hits close to home. And heart. The victim’s husband is Trixie’s ex-fiancé.
When Sean focuses on Nick as his prime suspect, Trixie is certain he’s dead wrong. But will saving her first love from the hot seat prove fatal to her new romance?
GOODBYE TOOTSIE is a stand-alone romantic mystery sequel to IT HAD TO BE YOU. It’s a complete mystery that can be read alone, after the first book, or before the first book. It contains romantic elements, which means it may include love scenes (sensual but not graphic).
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Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a huge fan of both mysteries and historical fiction, so Goodbye Tootsie sounded like the perfect book for me. Set in the opulent 1920s, tabloid reporter Trixie and her romantic interest, police detective Sean Costigan, both set their sights on unraveling the mysterious death of a young heiress. As they continue their investigations, the pair uncovers family secrets and dark pasts that may relate to the heiress’s death.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The setting is awesome–just turn on some jazz and you’ll be transported back to the Roaring Twenties. Trixie was very enjoyable as a character, and I found myself wanting to know more about her. (I found out later that this is the second book in the series, and you can in fact learn more about Trixie’s background in the first book–details below!) I didn’t enjoy Sean’s character as much, though, since he often seemed to belittle Trixie’s chosen career and even her family background. Still, I enjoyed the two as a couple; just be forewarned about a couple of mildly explicit romance/sex scenes, if you’re not into that sort of thing.
The mystery itself is also interesting and enjoyable. It’s full of juicy secrets and lots of suspects–including one suspect whom Trixie is closer to than Sean expected. But all of that pales in comparison (at least for me) to the setting. Late nights filled with dancing and drinking, grand mansions, gorgeous dresses and jewelry… This book lets you slip into another time and immerse yourself in that world.
Rating: Pretty Darn Good
It Had To Be You
New York City, 1924
Determined to pursue her dream of becoming a crime reporter, heiress Trixie Frank believes she’s off to a running start when she lands a job at the most successful tabloid in Manhattan. Unfortunately, her high hopes fade fast when she’s assigned to the rewrite desk.
Sean Costigan is a demoted homicide detective on the commissioner’s blacklist. The last thing he needs complicating his life is a perky debutante with delusions of becoming the next great American journalist. Too bad she happens to hold one of the keys to solving his latest case, the Central Park murder of a notorious gangster. The other key?
Sean’s childhood sweetheart, the victim’s widow, who has gone missing.
Sean soon has more trouble with dames than any good man deserves. But that’s the least of his worries. When he suspects deadly corruption within his own department, it’s not just his and Trixie’s careers that depend on finding the killer. It’s their lives.
It Had to Be You, a finalist for the 2014 NJRW Golden Leaf Award
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Delynn Royer is the older, smarter, funnier, more ornery alter ego of author Donna Grove, who, as a young mother, published several lighthearted historical romances. The first, A TOUCH OF CAMELOT, won a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Soon after that, Delynn set aside her pen to concentrate on her day job and raising her two sons.
Motherhood never ends, but kids eventually fly the nest. Delynn has returned to her first love, writing. She has updated editions of her backlist to be available as ebooks and is working on new titles that she hopes will entertain and lighten readers’ hearts.
Delynn’s latest ebook release is GOODBYE, TOOTSIE, the sequel to IT HAD TO BE YOU, a romantic mystery set in 1920s Manhattan.
Aside from delving into the historical research that inspires her novels, Delynn enjoys classic movies, reading, travel and yoga. She lives with her husband in Pennsylvania.
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