Death of A Dancing Queen
A Billie Levine Mystery Book 1
by Kimberly G. Giarratano
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Pub Date 14 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 21 Feb 2023
Angry Robot, Datura Books
Veronica Mars meets Serial in this detective novel, where a female Jewish P.I finds herself involved in a deadly gang war while looking for a murder suspect...
After her mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, Billie Levine revamped her grandfather’s private investigation firm and set up shop in the corner booth of her favorite North Jersey deli hoping the free pickles and flexible hours would allow her to take care of her mom and pay the bills. So when Tommy Russo, a rich kid with a nasty drug habit, offers her a stack of cash to find his missing girlfriend, how can she refuse? At first, Billie thinks this will be easy earnings, but then her missing person's case turns into a murder investigation and Russo is the detective bureau’s number one suspect.
Suddenly Billie is embroiled in a deadly gang war that’s connected to the decades-old disappearance of a famous cabaret dancer with ties to both an infamous Jewish mob and a skinhead group. Toss in the reappearance of Billie’s hunky ex-boyfriend with his own rap sheet, and she is regretting every decision that got her to this point.Becoming a P.I. was supposed to solve her problems. But if Billie doesn’t crack this case, the next body the police dredge out of the Hudson River will be hers.
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Average rating from 49 members
I enjoyed how well this was done in the mystery genre, I loved that the main characters was unique because she was a female Jewish P.I. The story didn't feel like a mystery for women but a mystery for everyone. It was what I was hoping for, I enjoyed how well the characters area written. I hope there is more in this series but if not I look forward to reading more from Kimberly G. Giarratano.
"Billie stood in front of her and grabbed the little, brass statue, tugging it gently from Roxie’s grip. She passed it to Louise. “He sold your belongings.” Billie took out her cell phone and flipped through the photos she had snapped at the jewelry exchange until she landed on the picture of..."