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Friday, May 17, 2024

But Not for Me (Kay Schiffner Mysteries #1) by Allison A. Davis #NetGalley

Thanks to Bronzeville Books and NetGalley for providing me review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

🎷 1958 - what was happening in that year? Elvis Presley, Andy Williams, Rock 'n' Roll, Cha-cha dance? For some of the Baby Boomers of that era, like my parents, they were. But for Kay Schiffner, it's the Jazz. And the only place where a jazz pianist could play in public at that time was at the clubs or restaurants for coloured people. Yes, segregation would have been ended by then in San Beatniks, Eisenhower, Fillmore District, but for white people like Kay, to mingle with coloured people would be highly frowned upon.

🎷 Kay Schiffner was a lawyer. For a woman to be independent was also to be frowned upon at that time. Men didn't like women to have career, let alone be prosperous in her own business like Leitisha Boone. Her club, The Blue Moon, where Kay often played, was threatened by redevelopment.

🎷 When a prominent black businessman who opposed the redevelopment was murdered, Leitisha was accused and imprisoned. It's up to Kay and Thursday Zimpel, a white Detective Inspector who was concerned with injustice against black people, to reveal the truth and bring justice.

🎷 This is a combination of a murder mystery and a poignant tale of racial injustice and prejudices, of women's struggles for freedom and recognition. Add the unique atmosphere and pop culture of the 1950s into it, and you'll be entertained as well as inspired. A series I can't wait to read through!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

**But Not for Me will be published in September 17th, 2024**

1 comment:

  1. This does sound good. I hope the publisher is able to generate some attention for it!


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