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Vera Kelly Is Not A Mystery

by Rosalie Knecht

Crime / Mystery Sharing Diverse Voices Shorter Reads

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A wonderfully engaging blended mix of spy turned PI novel set in the USA during the 1960’s. When ex CIA spy Vera’s girlfriend leaves her and on the same day she is sacked, Vera decides to turn private investigator. Her first case involves a lost child and a Caribbean Island under authoritarian rule. I haven’t read the first in the series Who is Vera Kelly, yet felt incredibly comfortable stepping midway into the story. Though I have to say that the various mentions of the first book where she was stranded in Argentina during a coup, ensured I wanted to go back and meet her at the start. Vera is very much the star of this story, she survives on instinct and smarts, her vulnerabilities adding an edge. Rosalie Knecht creates a beautifully balanced story, with go-getter Vera marching through the interesting plot and her life during a time of political upheaval and action for LGBTQ rights. The ending arrived at unexpected speed, leaving me wanting to know more about this private investigator. Vera Kelly is Not a Mystery is a short, smart, rewarding detective novel with real heart.

Liz Robinson

Vera Kelly Is Not A Mystery Synopsis

When ex-CIA agent Vera Kelly loses her job and her girlfriend in a single day, she reluctantly goes into business as a private detective. Heartbroken and cash-strapped, she takes a case that dredges up dark memories and attracts dangerous characters from across the Cold War landscape. Before it's over, she'll chase a lost child through foster care and follow a trail of Dominican exiles to the Caribbean. Forever looking over her shoulder, she nearly misses what's right in front of her: her own desire for home, connection, and a new romance at the local bar.

In this exciting second installment of the Vera Kelly series, Rosalie Knecht challenges and deepens the Vera we love: a woman of sparkling wit, deep moral fiber, and martini-dry humor who knows how to follow a case even as she struggles to follow her heart.

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Vera Kelly Is Not A Mystery Press Reviews

'Rosalie Knecht is an audacious talent, and her latest novel a propulsive, subversive gem. [Vera is] one of the most compelling and complex characters in modern fiction... an intriguing mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end' - Lauren Wilkinson, author of American Spy;

'Rosalie Knecht has resurrected the detective novel for the 21st century. Sharp, self-possessed, and with a nuanced, meaningful knowledge of realities and histories well beyond her own, Kelly's take on who's lying and why makes for riveting reading in every scene. I tore through this book' - Idra Novey, author of Those Who Knew;

'Impossible to put down and just begging for a third installment' - Bookpage;

'This winning literary page-turner gives a strong sense of a smart, queer, and complex person navigating an unfriendly world' - Publishers Weekly;

'Readers will be thrilled by Vera Kelly's return' - Kirkus

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ISBN: 9780857308122
Publication date: 06/04/2021
Publisher: Verve Books an imprint of Oldcastle Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780857308139
Publication date: 06/04/2021
Publisher: Verve Books an imprint of Oldcastle Books Ltd
Format: Ebook

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857308122
Publication date: 6th April 2021
Author: Rosalie Knecht
Publisher: Verve Books an imprint of Oldcastle Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Diverse Voices, Shorter Reads,
Categories: Espionage & spy thriller,

About Rosalie Knecht

Rosalie Knecht is the author of Who Is Vera Kelly?, Vera Kelly Is Not A Mystery and Relief Map. She is also the translator of Cesar Aira's The Seamstress and the Wind (New Directions). She lives in New Jersey.

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