Miss Aldridge regrets

by Hare, Louise,

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Summary
"Would make Agatha Christie proud... Irresistible and smart."
--Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Magnolia Palace

Named A Most Anticipated Mystery of Summer by Betches, Essence, Crime Reads and more!

The glittering RMS Queen Mary. A nightclub singer on the run. An aristocratic family with secrets worth killing for.

London, 1936. Lena Aldridge wonders if life has passed her by. The dazzling theatre career she hoped for hasn't worked out. Instead, she's stuck singing in a sticky-floored basement club in Soho, and her married lover has just left her. But Lena has always had a complicated life, one shrouded in mystery as a mixed-race girl passing for white in a city unforgiving of her true racial heritage.

She's feeling utterly hopeless until a stranger offers her the chance of a lifetime: a starring role on Broadway and a first-class ticket on the Queen Mary bound for New York. After a murder at the club, the timing couldn't be better, and Lena jumps at the chance to escape England. But death follows her onboard when an obscenely wealthy family draws her into their fold just as one among them is killed in a chillingly familiar way. As Lena navigates the Abernathy's increasingly bizarre family dynamic, she realizes that her greatest performance won't be for an audience, but for her life.

With seductive glamor, simmering family drama, and dizzying twists, Louise Hare makes her beguiling US debut.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Lena Aldridge, a mixed-race singer and actress in 1936 London, had dreams of a theater career, but now she's been reduced to singing at a dingy, Mob-affiliated Soho jazz club and wondering what's next. Then her married boyfriend dumps her, and there's a murder at the club. Time for a little deus ex machina, maybe? An American theater promoter, who claims to have known Lena's father and wants to repay a debt to him, appears from nowhere and offers Lena a starring role on Broadway. Too good to be true? Sure, but Lena, worried about being implicated in the murder, needs to skip town now. So begins an Agatha Christie--style mystery aboard the Queen Mary, as Lena, passing as white, gets entangled with her tablemates, a dysfunctional but very rich family of New Yorkers, who unaccountably start dropping dead, one by one. Many more elaborate plot turns strain credulity, but the sumptuous deco backdrop, along with Lena's appeal as a conflicted heroine, will keep readers' minds at least partially off the improbability of it all. Over the top but entertaining fare for the Christie crowd."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "British writer Hare makes her U.S. debut with an uneven Christie-esque mystery that unfolds during a transatlantic voyage on the Queen Mary in the summer of 1936. Lena Aldridge, a 26-year-old mixed-race London nightclub singer, is on her way to New York City, where she's been offered a role in a new Broadway show. She's ready for a fresh start. Her father, an African American piano player, recently died, leaving her with no family, plus her old boss was poisoned to death. While passing as Italian on board, Lena meets a wealthy white family from New York. Her traveling companion, Charlie Bacon, assistant to the Broadway producer, encourages her to charm them so they'll invest in the show. These are well-drawn characters: there's the elderly, ailing head of the family, Francis Parker; his aloof daughter, Eliza Abernathy; and her womanizing, alcoholic husband, Jack. Then Francis is poisoned just like Tommy, Jack is found stabbed to death, and Lena realizes she's being set up: "I felt as though I were trapped inside my own detective novel," she observes. Lena's amateur sleuthing and romantic interludes with the ship's handsome band leader are engaging, though the ending comes out of nowhere and Lena's final actions feel out of character. Despite the nice buildup, the payoff ends up being a bit disappointing. Agent: Nelle Andrew, Rachel Mills Literary. (July)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Queen Mary (Steamship) -- Fiction.
Women singers -- Fiction.
Racially mixed people -- Fiction.
Passing (Identity) -- Fiction.
Cruise ships -- Fiction.
Murder -- Fiction.
Rich people -- Fiction.
Family secrets -- Fiction.
Nineteen thirties -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :Berkley,2022
Language English
Description 360 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780593439258
0593439252
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