Author: W.M. Akers
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Funny how tiny mysteries have a way of asserting themselves into bigger problems!
Manhattan Island, New York in 1921. Things have gone amiss for several years in the Westside of Manhattan. While the Eastside is prosperous, the Westside has a darkness. Ten years ago, people started disappearing along with other objects. In an effort to stop the madness, a thirteen-mile fence was constructed to separate the eastside and westside with guards to man the gates. Several people left for the eastside, but not everyone. One of those people is Gilda Carr, a detective who specializes in “tiny mysteries.” After all, big mysteries just take up too much effort and energy.
While working a case about a missing glove, Gilda becomes witness to murders. But not just any killings, murders using guns. But guns have never worked on the westside, so how is it that these weapons work? Before she knows it, she is wrapped up in the biggest case she could imagine between the two superpowers of the westside. What is Even more interesting is that everything seems to connect to her late father. Will this finally answer what truly happened to her father? Or will it just lead her down another rabbit hole?
I’m not sure what I expected from this book, but I definitely got more than I bargained for. I really enjoyed the sleuthing aspect of this novel, especially since Gilda didn’t really want to do it. I bonded with her immediately, even though I’m not really sure why. Her character was quirky, likeable, and just a bit facetious. As a reader I couldn’t help feeling compassionate for her. The dark fantasy of this was interesting too. There have been a few dark historical fantasy novels involving Manhattan, but this one just seemed different. My favorite parts of the story is where a tiny mystery would be solved. It would just pop out of nowhere and reference back to a previous part of the story. Well done.
There is some strong language throughout the book, so I would not advise this to younger readers.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions express within are my own.