Gina Ricci is looking for some extra income when she applies to work as a cigarette girl at the Third Door, a Chicago speakeasy. She soon learns that her predecessor on the job, Dorrie, was murdered not long before. While serving servicemen, debutants, and a famous criminal lawyer, Gina gets pulled into the establishment’s darker side. When Gina finds Marty, the club’s photographer, stabbed in an alleyway, he gives her his camera, telling her to keep it safe and trust no one. Gina must guard Marty’s photos and keep herself out of harm’s way as she unravels the mysteries surrounding the Third Door.
Gina is clever, kind, and scrappy – a heroine worth rooting for. The setting is intriguing, the historical points spot on. The plot is slow, however, with many tangents that don’t strengthen the mystery. Then the mystery’s reveal feels rushed, and Gina’s part in it all feels incidental. The setting has ample potential. With some more complex mysteries, Gina will be all set for some grander adventures.
My thanks to the publisher who sent me a copy of the book in return for my honest review.
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