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A Deadly Endeavor

(The first book in the Deadly Twenties Mystery series)
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A serial killer is on the loose in Jazz Age Philadelphia in Jenny Adams’ debut historical mystery, perfect for fans of Deanna Raybourn and Rhys Bowen.

Philadelphia, 1921. When Edie Shippen returns home after spending years in California recovering from Influenza, she’s shocked to discover that her childhood sweetheart is engaged to her twin sister. Heartbroken and adrift, Edie vows to begin living her life as a modern woman—and to hell with anyone who gets in her way. But as young women start to disappear from the city,  her newfound independence begins to feel dangerous.

Gilbert Lawless returned home from the Great War a shell of his former self. He hides away in the office of Philadelphia’s Coroner, content to keep to himself until a gruesome series of corpses come into the morgue. And when his sister, Lizzie, goes missing, he risks his career to beg help from the one person Lizzie seemed to trust: her employer, Edie Shippen. 

Fearing the worst, Edie and Gilbert desperately search for clues. It soon becomes clear that Lizzie’s disappearance is connected to the deaths rocking the City of Brotherly Love...and it’s only a matter of time until the killer strikes again.

With a lush Roaring Twenties setting and a wickedly smart sleuth to cheer for,
A Deadly Endeavor is the perfect puzzling romp for fans of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"Daring. Delightful. Dangerous. A Deadly Endeavor is atmospheric and gorgeous. Jenny Adams weaves beautiful human characters and an incredible mystery, culminating in an impeccable whodunit." - Nekesa Afia

"A Deadly Endeavour is a delicious cocktail of Jazz Age thrills, serial murder, and rich people behaving badly. Toss in the sexy alliance between a traumatized World War I doctor and a burgeoning flapper, and I ask - what's not to love?" - Kimberly Giarratano

"Jenny Adams wraps a compelling mystery and achingly real characters in the glamor, grit, and nuances of the 1920's." - Kate Khavari

"Sparkling prose, deft plotting, a vivid setting, and a captivating mystery are brilliant feathers in A Deadly Endeavor's stylish cap, but the charming, complex characters elevate it to a bona fide knockout. Adams has crafted real gems in the heartbroken yet irrepressible duo of Edie Shippen and Gilbert Lawless, whose chemistry crackles like fireworks. This book is an utter delight." - Claire Legrand

"Jenny Adams's first historical mystery reads like anything but a debut. After Adams throws together war-damaged Gilbert Lawless, now working as a coroner's assistant in 1921 Philadelphia, with forlorn society girl Edie Shippen looking for meaning in her life, this story unfolds in well-drawn scenes that keep the reader awake and madly turning pages. The pair fight against a deluded villain for their families, for the disappearing young women in their overlapping circles, and for each other. A Deadly Endeavor, a compelling must-read, is the definition of the bee's knees." - Edith Maxwell

"With charming, fully fleshed characters that leap off the page, Adams creates an enticing world of high society and intrigue, interwoven with a deadly intent. A masterful whodunnit, flavored with period detail and a sprinkle of romance." - Jennifer Ryan

"Adams has created a beautiful, messy, utterly believable world that is so very satisfying to sink into - a shell-shocked country where everyone is dancing as fast as they can in the hopes they can convince themselves they're not falling to pieces. You'll end up dancing right along with her pair of fractured heroes, as invested in their desperate attempt to rebuild themselves as you are in finding the killer. It's a glittery, Jazz Age cocktail of gin and champagne and blood that feels startlingly modern in the best of ways." - Stephen Spotswood

"A stellar debut mystery! With complex and engaging characters, a suspenseful mystery, and vivid descriptions of life in Jazz Age Philadelphia, A Deadly Endeavor is a dazzling delight. I hope to see a lot more of Edie and Gil!" - Ashley Weaver

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