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A New Favorite in: Murder Knocks Twice by Susanna Calkins

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

With my love for anything 1920s-1930s, I haven’t read a story that takes place in a Speakeasy. Those seedy, “sin” filled places, makes for plenty of excitement. In Murder Knocks Twice, Gina finds herself employed as a cigarette girl in an era where alcohol was forbidden, but breaking the law was rampant.


Murder Knocks Twice

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After finishing this book, my thoughts were, “I need more now.”

I loved getting to know Gina, Gooch, Ned, Roarke, the Signora, that I didn’t want to leave their world. Their world being 1920s Chicago. Mobsters, prohibition, speakeasy’s, shady characters galore. Capone, while not part of the story was still there in all of his glory. I loved the intertwining of history with the fiction of Gina’s world.

Gina, in order to makes ends meet and to support her ailing father, takes on a job as a cigarette girl at The Third Door. A Speakeasy run by the Signora and her husband. She replaces a girl who was stabbed on a train (mysterious in itself), and finds herself slowly digging deeper into the mysteries that surround her.

I really enjoyed the realism of the dialogue and the fun banter between the characters. It might have started out slow, but once you start getting into the story, it really does pick up.

I don’t like that the blurb kind of gives away who gets murdered, but at least when it happens it still is a surprise. It’s all about the how and the why of it. Marty was just the tip of the iceberg. True to mysteries (and a little nod to Hercule Poirot), the ending was fun with the whole group together as the murderer and plot is unveiled. I wouldn’t call this a cozy mystery, but the murders aren’t too violent (heh what a sentence).

There is a little romance going on in here as well between Gina and Roarke, but since this is a series, it doesn’t fully develop in the first book. But I do love the no nonsense of it all.

This series is definitely one that I will follow up with. I can’t wait for more. I mean, what else could happen to Gina?


I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Murder Knocks Twice

A New Favorite in: Murder Knocks Twice by Susanna Calkins
by Susanna Calkins
Series: Speakeasy Mystery #1
Published by Minotaur Books
on April 30th, 2019
Genres: Historical, Mystery & Detective
Pages: 320
Format: Print
Source: Goodreads First Reads
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 5 Stars



Gina Ricci takes on a job as a cigarette girl to earn money for her ailing father―and to prove to herself that she can hold her own at Chicago’s most notorious speakeasy, the Third Door. She’s enchanted by the harsh, glamorous world she discovers: the sleek socialites sipping bootlegged cocktails, the rowdy ex-servicemen playing poker in a curtained back room, the flirtatious jazz pianist and the brooding photographer―all overseen by the club’s imposing owner, Signora Castallazzo. But the staff buzzes with whispers about Gina’s predecessor, who died under mysterious circumstances, and the photographer, Marty, warns her to be careful.

When Marty is brutally murdered, with Gina as the only witness, she’s determined to track down his killer. What secrets did Marty capture on his camera―and who would do anything to destroy it? As Gina searches for answers, she’s pulled deeper into the shadowy truths hiding behind the Third Door.

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Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

*grabby hands* I love books set in the 1920s and have read a few with a speakeasy setting. You’ve convinced me I need this!

Mary Kirkland

I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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