THE SHOW MUST GO ON
It’s 1988. A mild summer after a turbulent political year for LGBT rights. While working as an assistant to a successful Theatre Director, Joe Stone finds himself unwittingly embroiled in another murder investigation.
Lexi Goode, a young, up and coming actress has her bright future cut short when she is found murdered in her exclusive top floor apartment in the posh end of Soho. Knowing that the police are as racist as they are homophobic, Joe and Russell inevitably take it on themselves to investigate what happened to the young woman.
Along the way they discover illicit liaisons, a string of admirers, a secret life that was helping to pay for the glamorous lifestyle no young actress should have been able to afford. But who would want to kill Lexi?
Finding the answer to that question puts Joe in mortal danger and a young police officer in an awkward position.
Laydeeeeees and gentlemen, welcome to FromBelgiumWithBookLoooooove!!!
Oh dear. Ahem. It seems I was channeling my inner Patty Cakes ? Let me just… remove my blue wig… and swap my stiletto heels for some fluffy socks… yes, phew, that’s better! Lord, all this blasted glitter, just gets EVERYWHERE, honestly! Goodness me,
I have to stop meeting up with Joe, Russell and Freddie in The Red Lion like this I NEVER want to stop meeting up with Joe, Russell and Freddie in The Red Lion like this!
Alrightie! Let’s get this show on the road!
It feels like only yesterday that I told you all about Crazy For You, and well, it has only been a week or two. The Soho Noir series has picked up the pace and so today, I’m telling you about the fifth instalment, Killer Queen. I won’t go into my adoration for Joe and Russell again, if you don’t know how I feel about them by now, I’m not sure we can be friends anymore! Even though I was in their company very recently, it was my absolute pleasure to visit them again so soon.
The year is 1988 and Joe has found a new job as a theatre director’s assistant. When one of the actresses fails to show up for rehearsal, Joe is sent to her Soho flat to go find her. And find her he does… just not alive… You know, I really wish authors would stop making me care about the characters they kill off. For once I’d read the blurb before the book, so I knew Lexi would not survive, and I tried – god how I tried – not to like her, not to get attached, but the truth is I adored her, and I hated that she had to die. I needed a minute to get over it, but then I was totally ready to do some sleuthing! And you know what? This time I actually got it right! To be honest, I don’t think I have any extraordinary sleuthing skills to thank for figuring out whodunnit, nor is it that predictable, I just happened to zero in on the right suspect and I stuck with it, despite numerous red herrings. Still, I am rather pleased with myself ?
Killer Queen is another gorgeous addition to the Soho Noir series. It’s a tad shorter than the previous instalments, and while I hated to say goodbye again so soon, Toby Hunter did manage, once again, to tell a full tale in few words without rushing things. It’s a gift, I tell ya! I can’t wait to be reunited with my guys next month for Smalltown Boy, which is the last Soho Noir instalment, but I have to admit I keep hoping that it’ll just continue next year, we can work our way through the rainbow again, right?!
Once again I feel it’s my civic duty (or my blogger’s duty in any case) to urge you to pick up not only Killer Queen, but this entire fantastic series! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if cosy crime and / or novellas are your bag, you NEED THIS SERIES! (And you get the earworms for free ?)
Thanks for stopping by, it’s been my absolute pleasure to co-kick off this tour today! Do check out the other stops: