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MURDER IN GREENWICH VILLAGE is a new cozy, historical mystery by Liz Freeland. The novel will be published on May 29, 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation. The amateur sleuth of the novel is Louise Faulk. She has recently fled the small town of Altoona, Pennsylvania, and moved to New York City where she has found a job as a secretary at a publisher. After an event spent at one of her aunt’s soirees, Louise and her friend, Callie, return to their apartment to find their roommate murdered. Ethel is Callie’s cousin who has been staying with them for the past month. While Louise and Callie might not have liked Ethel all that much, they are saddened and horrified by her violent death. They are also worried that the killer mistook Ethel for Callie since the victim was dressed up in her cousin’s more stylish clothing at the time of death. When the police arrest an old friend of Louise’s for the murder, Louise and Callie take it upon themselves to find the real killer and bring that person to justice.
I was immediately captivated by MURDER IN GREENWICH VILLAGE. Louise Faulk is such a captivating character. She is a very charismatic and modern woman with an intriguing past and a bright future. The same goes for Louise’s roommate and friend, Callie. These two women are a dynamic duo! The minor characters are also engaging and help fill the pages with likeable, believable people. The murder itself is also very interesting – especially since it takes place right in the main character’s apartment. Imagine coming home to that! There are a number of suspects and varying motives to keep the reader guessing. The victim – while never seen alive – provides twists and turns that keep Louise and Callie, the police, and the reader on their toes. I also loved the way Freeland brought early 1910’s New York City to life. I’m looking forward to another novel featuring these characters.