Susanna Calkins introduces her new series with "Murder Knocks Twice" and is joined by debut author Kelsey Rae Dimberg, "Girl in the Rearview Mirror"

Tuesday, June 25th

7 pm

calkinsThe first mystery in Susanna Calkins’ captivating new series takes readers into the dark, dangerous, and glittering underworld of a 1920s Chicago speakeasy!   

Murder Knocks Twice 

In 1929, a needy young woman lands a job in a Chicago speak-easy. What could possibly go wrong?Gina Ricci is the sole support of her father, whose worsening palsy is making it almost impossible for him to work. Her friend Lulu, who works at the Third Door, suggests that she apply to replace a cigarette girl who was recently murdered. The speak-easy is efficiently run by Signora Castallazzo and her mobster husband, Big Mike. Gina is soon immersed in a world of socialites, college kids, straying husbands, and veterans seeking escape from their problems.A spunky sleuth and plenty of period flavor enliven the first in a new series that takes Calkins (A Death Along the River Fleet, 2016, etc.) from English historicals to more recent but equally violent times. - Kirkus Reviews

Susanna Calkins writes historical mysteries. Her first series, the award-winning Lucy Campion mysteries, is set in 17th century London. The first book in the series is A Murder at Rosamond's Gate

Susanna holds a PhD in history and works at Northwestern University. She was born and raised in Philadelphia and currently lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two sons.

 

Girl in the Rearview Mirror

The young nanny for a prominent political family gets drawn into a web of deadly lies—including her own—in this stunning debut thriller with the menacing twists of Megan Abbott and the exquisite suspense of Laura Lippman.

I never meant to lie. That is, I never wanted to.

“With hairpin twists and immense psychological acuity, Kelsey Rae Dimberg’s Girl in the Rearview Mirror is as seductive as the glamorous, privileged family at its center—and as cunning. An exciting, intoxicating debut, it will hold you until its startling final pages.”

 -- Megan Abbott, bestselling author of Dare Me and Give Me Your Hand

Kelsey Rae Dimberg received an MFA from the University of San Francisco and studied at Barrett Honors College of Arizona State University, where she was editor-in-chief of the literary magazine, Lux and received the Swarthout Award in Fiction. Girl in the Rearview Mirror is her first novel. Born in Seattle, Kelsey has lived in eight states, and currently resides in Milwaukee.