BUCK BAXTER, LOVE DETECTIVE
Welcome to Wilde City, 1924. From the romance of the Rainbow Palace atop the Wilde City Tower, to the dazzling debauchery of the gentlemen’s parlor The Velvet Viper—from the history surrounding the sinister convent on the hill better known Hell’s Bells, to the lantern-lit opium barge, The Peking Empress, run by the mystical Madame Chang—could gin-swigging, pot-smoking gumshoe Buck Baxter be about to unravel the greatest mystery of them all… The mystery of love?
BUCK BAXTER AND THE DISAPPEARING DIVAS
Something sinister is occurring at the Maharaja Majestic Theater on Broadville Boulevard. The domineering actress, Dominique Darlington, has vanished without a trace, the opening night of the theater’s new production of The Snake Charmer’s Slave is now in jeopardy, and six suspects are about to have the pleasure of meeting Buck Baxter, Private Detective, as he investigates whether there’s a killer on the loose… or a phantom at the opera?
Not my first G. Knight book, but my first in this series, not sure if this is the first one or not. It read as not. That being said, I wasn’t lost so can be read as stand alone.
Okay, I have to say. I normally love Mr. Knights work. It’s always a little different, not your cookie cutter subjects. And this is definitely that, Book Noir springs to mind when reading it. But the character, Stella I just found so annoying that I couldn’t block out of the story and she just ruined it for me. I think I get what she was trying to go for but to me it just came off as brass, cocky, something to prove. And may she did, but get over yourself.
With all that being said, the story, sub story was all well done. The actually crime and solving it all while trying to figure out is love life and place in Harry’s world. And then getting tidbits of info on what Harry’s father is up to. All interesting and made for good story.
Buck and Harry both, this star crossed lover thing is perfect. Even the evil father, is a great story waiting to be told.
The ending of the book setting us up for what sounds like an entertaining next installment.