The first book is in a new series called The Jax Diamond Mysteries. Another fabulous cover that I couldn’t resist. I love the overall glamour of the twenties, so when I saw the Songbirds cover, I was in love!
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.
A cosy murder mystery set in 1923 in New York City on Broadway. Gail Meath’s character creations are so vivid that I felt a part of their world. I adored Jax Diamonds canine sidekick, Ace, totally stole my heart.
The descriptions of 1923 New York gave me a strong sense of place, so strong I could picture being in that world along with Jax and Laura. Both of these characters are intriguing and complex. Jax is a private investigator and an ex-cop to boot who keeps his secrets close to his chest. Laura is a singer, but we soon see that she has more strings to her bow than just her voice.
The author has brought not just Jax and Laura (along with Ace) but a full cast of characters that range from the humorous to the plain nasty. Who all bring depth, and even more to the story as it unfolds. We see Laura and Jax as their friendship begins to develop into something so beautiful. This is almost like a star shining amongst the darkness that is the murder mystery. Gail Meath has cleverly given us Jax and Laura’s backstories and how they have been moulded by them. We see them both becoming closer through their backgrounds.
I thoroughly loved being transported to the roaring twenties in New York and spending time with Ace, Jax, and Laura. I felt like I escaped from modern-day life and was wonderfully entertained for the time it took me to read this wonderful, gripping, and immersive story.
Thanks to ZooLoo’s Book Tours and Gail Meath for the copy of the book.