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Westside
Westside | W M Akers
"Bracing, quite possibly hallucination-inducing, and unlike anything you've ever experienced before...The illegitimate love child of Algernon Blackwood and Raymond Chandler." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"The Alienist meets The City & The City in this brilliant debut that mixes fantasy and mystery. Gilda Carr's 'tiny mysteries' pack a giant punch." --David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder As a Fine ArtNew York is dying, and the one woman who can save it has smaller things on her mind.A young detective who specializes in "tiny mysteries" finds herself at the center of a massive conspiracy in this beguiling historical fantasy set on Manhattan's Westside--a peculiar and dangerous neighborhood home to strange magic and stranger residents--that blends the vivid atmosphere of Caleb Carr with the imaginative power of Neil Gaiman.It's 1921, and a thirteen-mile fence running the length of Broadway splits the island of Manhattan, separating the prosperous Eastside from the Westside--an overgrown wasteland whose hostility to modern technology gives it the flavor of old New York. Thousands have disappeared here, and the respectable have fled, leaving behind the killers, thieves, poets, painters, drunks, and those too poor or desperate to leave. It is a hellish landscape, and Gilda Carr proudly calls it home. Slightly built, but with a will of iron, Gilda follows in the footsteps of her late father, a police detective turned private eye. Unlike that larger-than-life man, Gilda solves tiny mysteries: the impossible puzzles that keep us awake at night; the small riddles that destroy us; the questions that spoil marriages, ruin friendships, and curdle joy. Those tiny cases distract her from her grief, and the one impossible question she knows she can't answer: "How did my father die?" Yet on Gilda's Westside, tiny mysteries end in blood--even the case of a missing white leather glove. Mrs. Copeland, a well-to-do Eastside housewife, hires Gilda to find it before her irascible merchant husband learns it is gone. When Gilda witnesses Mr. Copeland's murder at a Westside pier, she finds herself sinking into a mire of bootlegging, smuggling, corruption--and an evil too dark to face.All she wants is to find one dainty ladies' glove. She doesn't want to know why this merchant was on the wrong side of town--or why he was murdered in cold blood. But as she begins to see the connection between his murder, her father's death, and the darkness plaguing the Westside, she faces the hard truth: she must save her city or die with it.Introducing a truly remarkable female detective, Westside is a mystery steeped in the supernatural and shot through with gunfights, rotgut whiskey, and sizzling Dixieland jazz. Full of dazzling color, delightful twists, and truly thrilling action, it announces the arrival of a wonderful new talent.
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hes7
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Gilda Carr specializes in tiny mysteries, so of course, she takes on the case of the missing glove. Little did she know that her investigation would soon lead to a much bigger mystery, forcing her to face all that she avoids. Strange and odd yet so very intriguing, Westside is a fast-paced book not easily put down.

(I received a free copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.)

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SW-T
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Loved the beginning, struggled through the middle, and was relieved at the end. It started with a simple thing-a missing glove. A tiny mystery. The kind our heroine solves. Then we end up with cheating spouses, bootleggers, alternative versions of the same city, shadows that destroy, and a male author writing a woman character but missing the mark. Going with a so-so because I did like the beginning and the premise. Execution wasn‘t for me though.

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gingerandjazz
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There‘s a lot to like in the premise of this odd, grim story, but also a lot lacking in its execution. Gilda is a sketch more than a character; the plot moves at a muddied pace, ricocheting from one climax to another, though it picks up speed near the end when it turns into a reverse portal fantasy that‘s absolutely delightful in a way. But the inventiveness and exquisite detail of the dark world of the Westside mostly make up for these failings.

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JSW
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Weird, violent, thoughtful, and melancholy don‘t usually go together - or match with the mystery genre- but here we are. What an interesting and unique read. Don‘t do what I did and try to speed read or skim your way through. There‘s a lot of details to track but it‘s worth the ride.

Bookcation74 I didn‘t finish this one 😬 I liked the little details but then I thought there were these huge jumps forward in the plot that left me confused 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3mo
JSW @Bookcation74 it was more pay-attention-y than I expected. I don‘t mind plot jumps, but I get what you‘re saying. 3mo
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AshleyC816
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I loved this one- it felt like a mix between Gangs of New York and Stranger Things! A strong heroine who wants to only solve the small mysteries, but ends up deep in a big one.

DivineDiana Sweet pup! ❤️ 3mo
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The.Intentional.Reader
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A detective/mystery book with monsters. Yes please.

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hes7
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“Introducing a truly remarkable female detective, Westside is a mystery steeped in the supernatural and shot through with gunfights, rotgut whiskey, and sizzling Dixieland jazz. Full of dazzling color, delightful twists, and truly thrilling action, it announces the arrival of a wonderful new talent.”

esm The book cover fits the story perfectly. It all starts with the “tiny mystery“ of a missing lady's glove... 5mo
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AmyM43
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It succeeds at being an engrossing, gritty, and an often-dark look at an alternate history of New York in the 1920s.
http://vampirebookclub.net/early-review-westside-by-w-m-akers/

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