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Fortune Favors the Dead
Fortune Favors the Dead: A Novel | Stephen Spotswood
Introducing Pentecost and Parker, two unconventional female detectives who could care less about playing by the rules, in their cases and in their lives. It's 1942 and Willowjean "Will" Parker is a scrappy circus runaway whose knife-throwing skills have just saved the life of New York's best, and most unorthodox, private investigator, Lillian Pentecost. When the dapper detective summons Will a few days later, she doesn't expect to be offered a life-changing proposition: Lillian's multiple sclerosis means she can't keep up with her old case load alone, so she wants to hire Will to be her right-hand woman. In return, Will will receive a salary, room and board, and training in Lillian's very particular art of investigation. Three years later, Will and Lillian are on the Collins case: Abigail Collins was found bludgeoned to death with a crystal ball following a big, boozy Halloween party at her home--her body slumped in the same chair where her steel magnate husband shot himself the year before. With rumors flying that Abigail was bumped off by the vengeful spirit of her husband (who else could have gotten inside the locked room?), the family has tasked the detectives with finding answers where the police have failed. But that's easier said than done in a case that involves messages from the dead, a seductive spiritualist, and Becca Collins--the beautiful daughter of the deceased, who Will quickly starts falling for. When Will and Becca's relationship dances beyond the professional, Will finds herself in dangerous territory, and discovers she may have become the murderer's next target. A wildly charming and fast-paced mystery written with all the panache of 1940s New York, Fortune Favors the Dead is a fresh homage to Holmes and Watson reads like the best of Dashiell Hammett and introduces an audacious detective duo for the ages.
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Jari-chan
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Look what my dearest friend @fabienne.luethi sent me! 🥰❤️ Can't wait to start the book. And enjoy my favourite protein bars while reading 🤭 Thank you so much ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

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Kenyazero
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I would describe this book as fine. It never wowed me, but it never disappointed me either. If you like mystery books, strong female leads, plucky characters, and LGBTQ+ and disabilities rep, give this one a try! I Read this for my out of genre bonus prompt for this year‘s #LGBTQBookBingo! #Mystery #StrongFemaleProtagonist #LGBTQ #LGBTQ2022

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Honeybeebooks
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Wonderful introduction to Lillian Pentecost, intrepid detective and her apprentice, Willowjean “Will” Parker. With unique skills and a history of success in solving a myriad of cases, the duo is hired to solve the mystery of a wealthy man‘s suicide and his widow‘s murder. It is a smart setup. The characters are unique and the 1940‘s New York setting adds to a lively, twisty story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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CaitlinR
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This is a very well written, character driven mystery that introduces us to the wonderful Pentecost & Parker duo. Lillian Pentecost is an ailing detective who funds her Saturday sessions for women in jeopardy by taking on wealthy clients. Willowjean Parker is her young protégé with a circus background, a love of beautiful women, and a deep sense of morality. Here they tackle the Collins case: a dead husband, then wife, a medium … don‘t miss it!

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julesG
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#AestheticallyMatched #ReadingChallenge @Clwojick

The first book in a lady detective series set in the late 1940s in New York. The protagonist Willowjean Parker lived with the circus until the famous detective Lillian Pentecost hires her as an assistant.

Pentecost and Parker are hired by a wealthy family. The police can't find out how Abigail Collins was murdered in a locked room at Halloween. Ghosts can't kill the living, or can they?
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julesG Mrs P has MS. LGBTQ characters. --- looking forward to the next book 6mo
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CaitZ
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This has a classic noir mystery vibe. Set in New York City in the 1940s, two female detectives set out to solve deaths in the Collins family. It was excellent! I'll definitely read the second book. It was my January #BookSpin and #Booked2022 #MurderMystery @TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Awesome cover art 😍and great photo ❣️ 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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rsteve388
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This was a fun, whip smart read about two strong women detectives who run a private investigator firm in 1940's NY. It was.really well done as an audiobook. Recommend. I am looking forward to reading more in this series. Can't wait to read the next book
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marleed I love that cover! 7mo
rsteve388 @marleed Me too really captures the story in my opinion. 7mo
Pogue That was such a good book. 7mo
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rsteve388
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#LitsyLove #LitsyLoveMembers. @Bookgoil and I are hosting a Valentine's Day Swap!

@LitsyEvents Please feel free to share far and wide for all LitsyLove Members.

The sign up link will be in the comments ..

BookwormAHN Done ✔ 7mo
HeathHof I signed up but did not get a confirmation email, please let me know if I'm in. Super excited for this swap! Thank you and @Bookgoil for hosting!💗❤💗 7mo
rsteve388 Confirmed @Mynameisacolour you have signed up. I hate that I have to tell.google.forms to tell people when they sign up that should be on by default... 7mo
HeathHof Wonderful, thanks for checking! 7mo
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BookishMarginalia
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Christmas Eve reading. That‘s #GiorgioCat on the bed and #LexieCat lurking in the hallway. Happy reading, everyone! #CatsofLitsy

kspenmoll Giorgio reminds me of our Poe as a Baby! (edited) 8mo
RaeLovesToRead Adorable!! 8mo
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bookishdawg
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Perfect summer read. Reminds me of the movie “LA Confidential” but with LGBTQ rep and a lighter touch. So glad to see it‘s the start of a series too 👍🏻

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LiteraryinLawrence
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I just received my book back after its 4-month #lmpbc journey. When I reread my inscription I realized how much has changed. I finally DID get a job last week, and we HAVE been vaccinated! That‘s a lot to celebrate.

So for my job, I‘m going to be moving to Princeton, NJ in the next few weeks! Any Littens in the area? 💗

RaeLovesToRead Out of curiosity... what is LMPBC? 13mo
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 13mo
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Prairiegirl_reading Congrats!!! 13mo
Bookwormjillk Congratulations and good luck with the move! 13mo
BookishBelle Yay!! Congratulations!! 🎉 13mo
CaffeineAndCandy Superb yay! Congrats 🍾🎈 13mo
sharread Congratulations! 🥳 13mo
Hooked_on_books So will you then be LiteraryinPrinceton? 😉 13mo
LiteraryinLawrence @Hooked_on_books I don‘t know!! It‘s not alliteration then… I‘m still thinking. 😋 13mo
LiteraryinLawrence @RaeLovesToRead It‘s a Litsy book club that @suvata organizes and a new round starts every 4 months. It stands for Litsy Markup Postal Book Club if I‘m not mistaken. 13mo
RaeLovesToRead @LiteraryinLititz sounds awesome! 😊 and congratulations on the new job ❤ 13mo
suvata @LiteraryinLititz You are correct 😎 13mo
staci.reads Congratulations on the new job, the move, and the vaccinations 🙂 13mo
Pogue Congratulations on the job and the move! 13mo
Kempii Congrats @LiteraryinLititz! I was thinking about you and your job search and am delighted to hear you found the right fit. Best wishes on the move! 13mo
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Annie1215
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Finally finished my #lmpbc book! I really enjoyed this more than I expected. I‘m warming up to mysteries 😝

This had great characters with complicated backstories. Great pick @LiteraryinLititz !

This also gets me a bingo on my #bookspinbingo board

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!!! 14mo
LiteraryinLawrence I received this back! Thanks! 13mo
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Annie1215
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Kicking off my last #lmpbc read on my commute.

I‘m spending a rare day at my office today (the first time since March 2020!) as much as I love working from home, I really did miss Midtown Manhattan.

BookishBelle I really enjoyed that one! Good luck going back to the office! We went back last July and it was way too early, in my opinion. 1y
Annie1215 @BookishBelle luckily I‘m only in for the day while they do electrical repairs on my apartment building, so I get to appreciate the novelty of it and then resume my remote work tomorrow. We are moving offices so we won‘t be fully allowed back until February! I‘m sorry you had to go back so early! I would imagine it wouldn‘t be totally comfortable. 1y
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BookishBelle
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This book was fantastic! It‘s a murder mystery set in the 1940‘s with two female detectives at the center of the story. It has kind of an Elementary vibe, if you‘ve seen that show. Two thumbs way up!

This is my #LMPBC book for this month. I mailed the book off yesterday and got home to find the dust jacket on my table. 🤦🏻‍♀️ I‘m thinking I‘ll just mail it back to the original owner. Is that you @Pogue ? @Annie1215 @LiteraryinLititz

BookishBelle Y‘all my brain is so fried. Just tell me where to send it, please? I really need this vacation that starts this afternoon. @Pogue @LiteraryinLititz @Annie1215 1y
Annie1215 Not mine! Lol 1y
Pogue Not mine 1y
LiteraryinLawrence It‘s mine! 1y
BookishBelle Thanks y‘all! I‘ll send it along soon! @Annie1215 @Pogue @LiteraryinLititz 1y
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BookishBelle
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

The first time I met Lillian Pentecost, I nearly caved her skull in with a piece of lead pipe.

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BookishBelle
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Getting in a bit of #lunchtimereading today. #BookandLunch This #lmpbc read is pretty great so far! @LiteraryinLititz @Pogue @Annie1215

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BookishBelle
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Thank you so much @Pogue for sending me an awesome extra book with the next #lmpbc book for this round! I‘ve been wanting to read it for awhile! Super excited to read both of these! @Annie1215 @LiteraryinLititz

Pogue It is an adorable book. 1y
LiteraryinLawrence I loved Nina Hill! Great choice @Pogue 👍 1y
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Pogue
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#LMPBC @LiteraryinLititz look what came the other day! I have already started it!

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Ooh! Enjoy! I really liked this one - and can see myself keeping up with each new instalment (book 2 is out at the end of the year) 1y
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LiteraryinLawrence
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Eeeeeeee! Excellent new detective duo of Lillian Pentecost and Willowjean Parker. I love the female, queer, and disability rep in this 1940s-style mystery. I hope the rest of my #lmpbc enjoys this as much as I did!! Can‘t wait to read your comments!
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@BookishBelle
@Annie1215

Just to confirm, I‘m mailing this to @Pogue correct?

Annie1215 Your new book should arrive to you by tomorrow! 1y
LiteraryinLawrence @Annie1215 It‘s here, it‘s here! Thanks! 1y
LiteraryinLawrence @Pogue The book should get to you by Monday! 1y
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emtobiasz
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The weather‘s finally warm enough for porch reading! With blankets, still, since Olive and I like to be cozy. I‘m really enjoying this hard boiled detective novel about two women PIs in 1940s New York. I‘m trying to decide if it‘s too hard boiled to recommend to my mom...

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If she dripped anymore with sarcasm I'd need a mop!
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A recommendation from @thegirlwiththelibrarybag that so far I'm thoroughly loving! #pentecostandparker #audible

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Ooh 👀 enjoy! 2y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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8 books for January, 4 of which hailed from my #BookSpin list (which included the audio book of Winter by John Marsden)

I can‘t believe Giant Days is over 🥺
All in all a good month of reading - although I‘m surprised I didn‘t read more since January seemed to take an age!

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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While it won‘t quite fill the Flavia/Alan Bradley void I feel very deeply every January- there is a good chance that a new Stephen Spotswood book in October could become a bright spot! The bond between women in this book is 👌🏼 and I got completely outfoxed by the way it all ends (I did at least have glimmers of suspicion in the right direction)

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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💃🏻 💃🏻 🔪 💃🏻

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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✨ I worked in pharmacy/retail when I was a teen so I would fall into the woman/not shocked but still horrified category

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ReadingEnvy
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The first book in this series takes place when a woman is murdered during a party. By then Will and Lillian have a strong working relationship as lady detectives and Will is trained in a variety of skills including lock-picking, shorthand, and self-defense.

I liked the slight twists of tropes and the inclusion of a character with MS, which makes this book good for several reading challenges I have seen this year!

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Was this a cover buy? Was it the opening line that sold me? (“The first time I met Lillian Pentecost, I nearly caved her skull in with a piece of lead pipe.”) or was it the endorsement of Alan Bradley on the back cover or the blurb - which proclaims a bludgeoning with a crystal ball as the method of murder...

I think I‘ve talked myself into reading this now actually

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Amie
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Loved this mystery! The setup seems to be a bit of a nod to the Nero Wolfe mysteries, including narration by the snarky side kick, but both the detectives are women. I loved the characters and the atmosphere of the 1940s setting.

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Preciouz29
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An LGBTQ almost all female Nero Wolf with a sprinkle of Sam Spade (radio, a little less hard boiled), and a pinch of Sherlock Homes; I hope this is a series!

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Texreader
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The tagged book is the one I‘d pick from this batch. https://lithub.com/here-are-the-best-reviewed-books-of-the-week-10-30-2020/

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