Wicked City is the first novel in the Jazz Age series by Beatriz Williams. She begins the tale in New York City, but takes readers back to a very historical time in this city. What were times like back then? How will this tale begin?
“When she discovers her banker, husband has been harboring a secret life, Ella Gilbert escapes her SoHo loft for a studio in Greenwich Village. Her charismatic musician neighbor, Hector, warns her to stay out of the basement after midnight, when a symphony of mysterious noise strikes up—laughter, clinking glasses, jazz piano, the occasional bloodcurdling scream—even though the space has been empty for decades. Back in the Roaring Twenties, the basement was home to one of the city’s most notorious speakeasies.
In 1924, Geneva “Gin” Kelly, a quick-witted flapper from the hills of western Maryland, is a regular at this Village hideaway. Caught up in a raid, Gin lands in the office of Prohibition enforcement agent Oliver Anson, who persuades her to help him catch her stepfather, Duke Kelly, one of the biggest bootleggers in Appalachia.
But Gin is nobody’s fool. She strikes a risky bargain with the taciturn, straight-arrow Revenue agent, and their alliance rattles Manhattan society to its foundations, exposing secrets that shock even this free-spirited redhead.
As Ella unravels the strange history of her new building—and the family thread that connects her to Geneva Kelly—she senses the Jazz Age spirit of her exuberant predecessor invading her own shy nature, in ways that will transform her existence in the wicked city.” (Amazon)
Unfortunately, it was not my favorite Beatriz Williams novel. I also listened to this novel through audible. The Geneva Gin Kelly character was not my favorite, and did not love the narration used for her character. I did not see how her storyline connected to the present. Geneva Gin Kelly character has a lot of rough edges. I did love learning the connections on the Schuyler side between Ella and her Great Aunt Julie. This story also seemed to outside the norm of what Beatriz William’s audience usually sees from her novels.
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