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Miss Aldridge Regrets

(The first book in the Canary Club Mystery series)
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“Super cinematic and every bit as Agatha Christie-esque as its sounds... ifyou like murder mysteries, pick this one up!”
-Emily Henry, #1
New York Times bestselling author of Book Lovers

Named A Most Anticipated Mystery of Summer by Betches, Essence, Crime Reads and more!

The glittering RMS Queen Mary. A nightclub singer on the run. An aristocratic family with secrets worth killing for.

London, 1936. Lena Aldridge wonders if life has passed her by. The dazzling theatre career she hoped for hasn’t worked out. Instead, she���s stuck singing in a sticky-floored basement club in Soho, and her married lover has just left her. But Lena has always had a complicated life, one shrouded in mystery as a mixed-race girl passing for white in a city unforgiving of her true racial heritage.

She’s feeling utterly hopeless until a stranger offers her the chance of a lifetime: a starring role on Broadway and a first-class ticket on the Queen Mary bound for New York. After a murder at the club, the timing couldn’t be better, and Lena jumps at the chance to escape England. But death follows her onboard when an obscenely wealthy family draws her into their fold just as one among them is killed in a chillingly familiar way. As Lena navigates the Abernathy’s increasingly bizarre family dynamic, she realizes that her greatest performance won't be for an audience, but for her life.

With seductive glamor, simmering family drama, and dizzying twists, Louise Hare makes her beguiling US debut.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"Full of intrigue and tension, Miss Aldridge Regrets is an expertly plotted, beautifully set novel. With every character hiding something, Louise Hare builds the story in a way that is compelling and completely unputdownable." - Nekesa Afia

"Fiendishly plotted with more twists than a corkscrew, this nineteen thirties novel set on board the Queen Mary is a real page turner." - Rhys Bowen

"In Lena Aldridge, Hare has created a heroine who practically leaps off the page with her sharp wit and incandescence. Throw in a Jazz Age ocean crossing on the Queen Mary and series of diabolical murders that would make Agatha Christie proud, and I was done for, turning the pages late into the night. Irresistible and smart." - Fiona Davis

"A fabulous Christie-esque mystery. Brilliantly written, so evocative, and keeps you guessing all the way through." - Charlotte Levin

"Giving off the best Agatha Christie vibes but also compelling issues of race and identity . . . Keeps you guessing until the end." - Julie Owen Moylan

"Glamour and grit combine in this smartly plotted, wonderfully atmospheric historical murder mystery, with a heroine I won't forget. I loved it." - Frances Quinn

"This is a cracker. A thoroughly absorbing and thought-provoking historical crime novel that oozes glamour." - Cathy Rentzenbrink

"Charming characters, a cross-Atlantic setting, jazz, cocktails, sex and a brilliant murder mystery. You couldn't ask for more! I loved it." - Harriet Tyce

"A sublimely told murder mystery which oozes class in every sense. Fully deserves the Christie comparisons." - Trevor Wood

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