Halley Sutton is a writer and editor who lives in Los Angeles. She is a Pitch Wars mentor and holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from the University of California Santa Cruz, and a master's degree in writing from Otis College of Art and Design. The Lady Upstairs is her debut novel.
Halley Sutton recommends
The War Widow (2020)
(Billie Walker Mystery, book 1)
"Tara Moss's The War Widow is an excellent novel and an even better springboard for its crackerjack heroine: the indomitable Billie Walker. Like a harder-boiled Phryne Fisher meets Martha Gellhorn, Billie is the best kind of heroine: fun, flawed, smart, feminist, and feisty. Even down the darkest of pathsincluding but not limited to Nazi war profiteers, shady mobsters, cops on the take, and moreBillie is a beacon of light, never losing her sense of justice, or her enjoyment in life (and a good coupe of champagne!). Honestly, I'd follow Billie anywhere."
Above the Rain (2021)
Víctor del Árbol
"A sweeping and devastating historical novel, full of suspense, Del Árbol's Above the Rain is a masterclass in the way that trauma is reinforced and repeated throughout generations, with deadly consequences. In Del Árbol's noir-inflected masterpiece, the past is always present, the political is always personal, and love, however fleeting, is the only redeeming grace. I loved every moment of it."
Smile and Look Pretty (2022)
"Full of sharply funny social insights, delicious drama, and the type of empowerment we need more of."
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