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City of Secrets

A Miranda Corbie Mystery (Volume 2)

Kelli Stanley

Minotaur Books

This powerful sequel to Kelli Stanley’s scorching City of Dragons, which introduced unique and unforgettable series heroine Miranda Corbie, begins on May 25th, 1940, opening day for the World’s Fair. When a woman is found dead, private investigator Miranda Corbie is soon hot on the trail of a vicious murderer. Set against the backdrop of a Europe defeated by Nazi Germany and an America unsure of where to turn, City of Secrets is a fast-paced mystery featuring a P.I. who will stop at nothing to right the world’s wrongs. 

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Pandora was still pretty. White skin, blond hair. Roots not faded back to black and brown. Stretched across the platform, breasts firm, nipples plump, pubic hair shaved. Head hung over the edge, upside down. Frozen, still, marble. Perfect artist’s model, except for the blood dripping.
Drip-drop. Drip-drop.
Fred was standing in the stage shadows, hat in his hands. Tom skittered around Miranda, keeping up a monologue.
“I—I figure you know wh-what to do, Miss Corbie, bein’ a detective an’ all. You probably seen … She really is—dead?”
Fred
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Praise for City of Secrets

"The historical details shine in this perfectly drawn mystery.... This shows how historical mystery can not only re-create the sights but also the atmosphere of the time."
--RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)
 
"Stanley's brittle prose and period touches effectively capture the feeling of ’40s noir."
--Kirkus Reviews
 
"In best pulp fiction style, suspects lounge about with slick hair and cheap suits, blondes are chain-smoking broads, and the nightclubs are smoky and languid."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"Engrossing.... Stanley brings 1940s San Francisco to life with her meticulously detailed, hard-boiled novel."
--Library Journal

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  • Kelli Stanley

  • KELI STANLEY is also the author of a critically acclaimed Roman Noir series. The first book in that series, Nox Dormienda, won the Bruce Alexander Award for best historical mystery. Kelli lives in San Francisco, California.
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    A Miranda Corbie Mystery

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