Jailbird Detective

“A fresh, fast-moving and atmospheric take on Forties Noir with a tough street-wise female detective Philip Marlowe would have been proud to work with.”
Stephen Wyatt, writer of  Classic Chandler and The Complete Ripley, BBC Radio

Jailbird Detective will grab you by the throat with its first few pages and pin you to the wall until you’ve drunk every last word. In Elvira Slate, a fierce female ex-con with an attraction to trouble and nothing to lose, Jacey has created a criminally compelling character I’d follow anywhere—at a safe distance.
Jennifer Steil, Journalist & Author of The Woman Who Fell From the Sky (Broadway Books 2010) and The Ambassador’s Wife (Doubleday 2015) and a forthcoming novel with Viking.

1945. On VE Day, a former gangster’s moll escapes the law, trading Holloway
Prison for life as a Hollywood PI. Can she get away with it?

Jailbird Detective is Book One in new crime fiction series Elvira Slate
Investigations, set in the demi-monde of post war 1940s London and Los

Elvira Slate – a female protagonist for today’s vintage-loving feminists. Cynical
yet vulnerable, Elvira inhabits a subversive noir world seen through her
distinctly feminist gaze.

Each book presents Elvira with a case to solve, relying on a sleuthing toolbox
that includes intuition, underhand tactics and good old detecting. The reality of
working women’s lives at all levels is a hallmark of the series as well as
fabulous ‘40s fashion.

Publication Date: 1st October 2018
Genre: feminist vintage crime noir
Format: book, ebook. TV series in development.


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