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Fortune Favors the Dead

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Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood
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Oct 27, 2020 | ISBN 9780385546553

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“Bullets, blood, bodies, and belly-laughs: all the ingredients of a classic mystery novel. Stephen Spotswood hard-boils with the best of ‘em!”–Alan Bradley, bestselling author of the Flavia de Luce Mystery Series

“Fortune Favors the Dead
 takes gritty 40s noir, shakes it up, gives it a charming twist, and serves it up with unforgettable style. My new favorite sleuthing duo are Pentecost and Parker, the spiritual sisters of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. An utterly brilliant debut!”–Deanna Raybourn, author of the Veronica Speedwell Mysteries

Witty. . . Humorous and fun [with] all the hallmarks of an Agatha Christie mystery, and there’s a delightful dose of noir thrown in for the more hardcore pulp fiction crowd, too. . . As mysterious and fun a caper as you will ever read, with plenty of misdirection and intrigue to keep you guessing. You don’t need a clairvoyant to realize this duo will be around for years to come.”—Bookpage *Starred Review*

Spotswood’s stellar debut puts a modern spin on the classic hard-boiled fiction… The deep and sensitive characterization of the two protagonists coupled with the rich description and tonally spot-on humor, makes this a novel to remember. Spotswood is definitely a writer to watch.”–Publishers Weekly *Starred Review*
 
One of the most rewarding and entertaining books I’ve read in years . . . Every page—nay, every paragraph—is rich and compelling. . . When it comes to male authors penning feminist issues that ring true and female characters who are fully realized and complex characters, Spotswood joins Terry Pratchett at the very top of the list. And if anyone’s the heir apparent to Phryne Fisher or Elementary’s Sherlock and Joan, it’s Parker and Pentecost. This is an adventure you’ll want to rave about to strangers on the streets. Personally, I’m already impatient for these ladies’ next case.” —Criminal Intent
 
“A relentlessly entertaining romp through 1940’s New York City, and through the annals of mystery fiction, as well, with many sly nods to authors of the past and some invigorating reinventions of classic tropes and gambits. . . Spotswood’s style is swift and witty, and the mystery at the novel’s heart is a clever knot.”—CrimeReads

“Sparkles [with] wit and personality. . . Delightful. . . This mystery plot has all the twists and surprises a fan of the genre could ask for, but it is Will’s distinctive, captivating voice and background [that] is Spotswood’s real triumph. . . Gutsy Will, with her snappy, slangy narrative style, ultimately wins readers’ hearts and carries the day. This classic noir-style mystery recast with humor, female leads and superb style is both satisfying and great fun.” —Shelf Awareness

“Good news, mystery readers, your new favorite sleuthing duo has arrived on the scene! . . . Fortune Favors the Dead is a refreshing update to a classic Golden Age mystery, serving hard-boiled thrills and laugh-out-loud wit with charm and panache. A fantastic read!” —Northen Virginia Magazine

“If you’ve been dying for a fresh take on the sleuth genre, this book delivers that and more. A mix of classic noir aesthetics and tropes with an inclusive twistFortune Favors the Dead is the kind of mystery series that will capture your imagination in new and fun ways, and have you desperate to get your hands on more.” —Get Literary

“Sparkles [with] wit and personality. . . Delightful. . . This mystery plot has all the twists and surprises a fan of the genre could ask for, but it is Will’s distinctive, captivating voice and background [that] is Spotswood’s real triumph. . . Gutsy Will, with her snappy, slangy narrative style, ultimately wins readers’ hearts and carries the day. This classic noir-style mystery recast with humor, female leads and superb style is both satisfying and great fun.”–Shelf Awareness

“Will keep readers engaged from start to finish. . . [Pentecost is] reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. . . A fun whodunit. . . Perfect for a cozy weekend read.”Library Journal

“A fast-paced, lightweight, and engaging whodunit. . . Satisfying. . . Fun.”–Historical Novel Review

“An intriguing locked-room mystery that will keep readers guessing until the very end. . . Spotswood is fantastic at writing strong female characters. . . Fortune Favors the Dead is a fast-paced, smart murder mystery with a focus on strong women. . . A wonderful debut.”–Bookbrowse.com

“A sprightly period debut. . . [A] provocative gender-flipping of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.”–Kirkus Review

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