by Gail Meath
Publication Date November 11, 2021
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Genres: Mystery, Mystery & Detective
It’s all fun and games, until someone gets killed.
Meet Jax Diamond, a sharp, sophisticated, skilled, no-nonsense private detective. Or is he? Glued to his side is his canine partner, Ace, a fierce and unrelenting German Shepherd whose mere presence terrorizes criminals into submission. Well, maybe not.
But the two of them are a whole lot smarter than they look. And they have their hands full when a playwright’s death is declared natural causes, and his new manuscript worth a million bucks is missing.
Laura Graystone, a beautiful rising Broadway star, is dragged into the heart of their investigation, and she’s none too happy about it. Especially when danger first strikes, and she needs to rely on her own ingenuity to save their hides.
Join Jax, Laura and Ace on a fun yet deadly ride during the Roaring Twenties that takes twists and turns, and a race against time to find the real murderer before he/she/they stop them permanently.
Songbird by Gail Meath is the first book in her Jax Diamond Mysteries #1, a fun cozy mystery set in 1923 New York City. This fast-paced mystery has bright and well-drawn characters and a very courageous German Shepard named Ace.
Laura Graystone is the songbird of the title, an up-and-coming musical theatre actress who has just been thrust into the limelight when a leading lady is murdered. Jax is the cocky and confident PI, a former detective who keeps close contact with his ex-police partner, Murph.
After a famous playwright, Sam is found dead in his office, the authorities are quick to label his death as natural causes. But his missing manuscript and a few details from the crime scene make Jax feel like the death is possibly murder. The manuscript is for his new musical, and its disappearance means somebody was desperate to get to it. Jax enlists Laura to help him, as she was supposed to be the leading lady in the new play.
Songbird is a mystery with a bit of romance, and the mystery takes center stage throughout this book. I could not figure out the murderer until the end, and for me, that makes an excellent mystery. I devoured this book in no time as I couldn’t wait to see who the murderer is and why Sam was murdered.
I also enjoyed the setting of New York City in the roaring twenties. The author included so many great descriptions of the city, the fashion, and the gritty details of the city during this time period. I felt transported to this time and loved experiencing the excitement of this time.
I highly recommend Songbird to anyone who enjoys historical fiction mysteries. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.