Gorgeously written Prohibition set novella

39222655Roses in the Devil’s Garden by Charlie Cochet

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Roaring Twenties, The Gilded Age, Prohibition – that time period between the end of the Great War and before the Wall Street Crash – when America seemed determined to live life to the max.

This re-release of Charlie Cochet’s delightful novella is packed with smokey speakeasies, dodgy moonshine and hard bitten cops in the finest of Sam Spade traditions.

Harley and Nate are partners in life as well as on the force and getting weary of the corruption, the strikeouts and the raids. I loved the atmosphere of this narrative, you could hear the clink of glasses, the piano tinkling away as some lounge singer extols the virtues of the Jazz Age.

Originally written for the Goodreads Love Is Always Write event, this has been given a beautiful new cover and re-released by Dreamspinner Press.

#ARC kindly provided by the publishers Dreamspinner Press in return for an honest and unbiased review.

PS: Is it just me or does that look like the divine Ben Whishaw on the cover?! (I know it’s probably not but I could see him in a TV show based on this book!)

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