The Boy in the Red Dress

The Boy in the Red Dress

A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery in this rollicking romp of truth, lies, and troubled pasts.

New Year's Eve, 1929.

Millie is running the show at the Cloak & Dagger, a swinging speakeasy in the French Quarter, while her aunt is out of town. The new year is just around the corner, and all of New Orleans is out to celebrate, but even wealthy partiers' diamond earrings can't outshine the real star of the night: the boy in the red dress. Marion is the club's star performer and his fans are legion--if mostly underground.

When a young socialite wielding a photograph of Marion starts asking questions, Millie wonders if she's just another fan. But then her body is found crumpled in the courtyard, dead from an apparent fall off the club's balcony, and all signs point to Marion as the murderer. Millie knows he's innocent, but local detectives aren't so easily convinced.

As she chases clues that lead to cemeteries and dead ends, Millie's attention is divided between the wry and beautiful Olive, a waitress at the Cloak & Dagger, and Bennie, the charming bootlegger who's offered to help her solve the case. The clock is ticking for the fugitive Marion, but the truth of who the killer is might be closer than Millie thinks..

Title:The Boy in the Red Dress
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780593113684
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    The Boy in the Red Dress Reviews

  • Mackenzi

    What a deeply fun, YA Miss Fischer-esque queer New Orleans murder mystery this is!...

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    From the author's twitter:"Quick facts about THE BOY IN THE RED DRESS:­čĆ│´ŞĆÔÇŹ­čîłMC Millie is bi (hello bi love triangle!)­čĆ│´ŞĆÔÇŹ­čîłHer BFF Marion is gay & performs in drag­čĆ│´ŞĆÔÇŹ­čîłHer aun...

  • Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)

    CW: homophobia, parental abandonment, being gay seen as a mental illness, involuntary psychiatric hospitalization, and murderY'all, this book was so good! I can't believe this is a debut, but I need i...

  • McKelle George

    I forking love this book. Superb mystery in a setting that you basically smell on the pages. Speakeasies, drag, a sharp-witted heroine, and a twisty mystery. A++++...

  • Adri

    4.5 StarsThis book was such a wild ride and I loved it! It has absolutely everything you'd want from an #ownvoices queer historical murder mystery set against the backdrop of a queer-friendly speakeas...

  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)

    this was an excellent #ownvoices queer historical! loved the New Orleans setting, and the mystery really kept me guessing at every turn. ...

  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    I really enjoyed this! I am just an absolute sucker for a historical murder mystery but I don't know that I've read many that have queer characters where we aren't reminded every chapter about bigoted...

  • Katie.dorny

    Did you like the gentlemanÔÇÖs guide to vice and virtue? Do you want a fabulous lgbtqia+ cast of characters who are not defined by their labels mixed with a dash of murder mystery??? How could you say...

  • Dahlia

    This was such a delightful surprise with strooooong Iron Cast vibes but not paranormal and of course super queer. If you're into Prohibition fiction this is a really fun one. ...

  • Kate

    Excuse me! They said "Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries", and if that doesn't have me scrambling to the buy button nothing will. *fingers crossed*...