It’s no joke! The Swing Town Mysteries include two complete novels featuring the Kansas City girl detective that Sue Grafton called “a humdinger of a private eye.” Plus a short story set just after the US joins World War II, on a train in a snowstorm. If you’ve read ‘Snow Train’ because you’re a subscriber to my newsletter now’s your chance to see what led up to December 1941. While war is breaking out in Europe, while the Germans hammer London during the blitz, while the French learn to live with Nazi occupation — the US homefront is gearing up for war. Dorie Lennox wants to fly an airplane; she grew up in Atchison, Kansas, home of Amelia Earhart. But she’s a newly-minted private detective instead, on her first tail in ‘One O’clock Jump.’ The Pendergast political machine that ran Kansas City has been broken but corruption is still behind every powerful figure. Can Dorie keep herself honest among all the trials that 1939 has to offer her?
In ‘Sweet and Lowdown’ it’s 1940 and Dorie’s partner Amos Haddam is worried about his mother. She’s in London, living in a tube station, helping the war effort and dodging the blitz. In Kansas City Dorie and Amos are hired to watch the wild daughter of a rich socialite. Much like Raymond Chandler’s ‘Big Sleep’ the girl puts them through their paces as they try to keep her safe. Publishers Weekly said about ‘Sweet and Lowdown’: Masterfully evokes the period. This is a book to be savored; read it too fast and you might miss something.
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