"complex Jazz Age mystery"
Former newspaper columnist turned art dealer Bedford Green
is not financially solvent. Greenwich Village in 1925 New
York City is jumping even if the gallery Bedford owns is
not. Through his assistant, the beautiful Sloane Smith,
Bedford is invited to a Vanderbilt society event in
Newport, Rhode Island. The family wants him to find out
anything he can about a Hungarian using the name of
All his New York contacts never heard of the woman and when
he reaches Newport, the Vanderbilts refuse to discuss her.
When Sloane and Bedford skip out on the party to go to the
beach, they come across the naked body of a female floating
in the water. It turns out to be the body of the
mysterious countess and Bedford finds himself investigating
who she really was and why somebody wanted her dead.
The second installment in the Jazz Age mystery series is
very atmospheric and gives the reader a glimpse of the
culture of that period in Greenwich Village. The hero is a
very likable and colorful chap who easily hobnobs with the
rich and powerful as much as the infamous. The mystery is
very complex and multi-layered, making for an enjoyable
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 10, 2002