by Susanna Calkins
Series: Speakeasy Mystery #1
Narrator: Sarah Naughton
Length: 9 hours and 11 minutes
Genres: Historical, Mystery
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Narration: 4.5 cups Speed: 1.4x
The first mystery in Susanna Calkins’ captivating new series takes readers into the dark, dangerous, and glittering underworld of a 1920's Chicago speakeasy.
Gina Ricci takes on a job as a cigarette girl to earn money for her ailing father―and to prove to herself that she can hold her own at Chicago’s most notorious speakeasy, the Third Door. She’s enchanted by the harsh, glamorous world she discovers: the sleek socialites sipping bootlegged cocktails, the rowdy ex-servicemen playing poker in a curtained back room, the flirtatious jazz pianist and the brooding photographer―all overseen by the club’s imposing owner, Signora Castallazzo. But the staff buzzes with whispers about Gina’s predecessor, who died under mysterious circumstances, and the photographer, Marty, warns her to be careful.
When Marty is brutally murdered, with Gina as the only witness, she’s determined to track down his killer. What secrets did Marty capture on his camera―and who would do anything to destroy it? As Gina searches for answers, she’s pulled deeper into the shadowy truths hiding behind the Third Door.
A murder-mystery and 1920s Chicago Speakeasy? Come to momma. Murder Knocks Twice by Susanna Calkins, narrated by Sarah Naughton delivered a well-crafted tale that quickly transported me to Chicago and the world of a speakeasy.
Gina Ricci lands a job at Chicago’s most notorious speakeasy, the Third Door. There she works evenings as a cigarette girl. It’s a different world from the one she has grown up with, but Gina needs the job to help support herself and her ill father.
The job brings her new friends and acquaintances. She observes the other girls and listens to the gossip about the murdered girl she replaced. When she unknowingly witnesses a murder and the victim gives her his camera before expiring, Gina doesn’t know who to trust. The tale that unfold was both fascinating and frustrating.
I’ve enjoyed Calkins mysteries before and love how she brings the period to life through, clothing, drinks and details. She brought the speakeasy to life and took us into the inner working of this underground speakeasy during prohibition.
The murder had plenty of twists and suspects and I wanted to listen to just a few more chapters. Gina was tenacious and not afraid to learn new things which I admired. However, she made me crazy with the risks and sometimes naivety she exhibited. To be fair, I think a lot of her reactions came from not knowing who to trust. Nevertheless, I wanted to shake her or slap the silly out of her a few times.
Sarah Naughton captured Gina from tone to personality and did a fair job with the male characters. I thought her voice for the club’s imposing owner, Signora Castallazzo, was stellar.
Fans of historical murder-mysteries and the Roaring Twenties will want to add Murder Knocks Twice to their bookshelf. I am looking forward to the next audio in the Speakeasy Mystery series.
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