The Broadway scene in 1920s New York City has been rocked by the shocking news of a playwright’s untimely demise and the discovery of a missing manuscript. Enter Jax Diamond, a charming and sophisticated private detective who embarks on a journey to unravel the chaotic final weeks leading up to the playwright’s death. The list of suspects is long and includes the playwright’s wife, Patricia, who may have been seeking evidence for a divorce case, a potential scorned lover, and a suspected murderer on the loose. But, regardless of who is to blame, Jax Diamond is determined to get to the bottom of it all in Songbird by Gail Meath. Prepare for an immersive experience!
As I listened to the Songbird audiobook, I was transported into the room where the scenes were unfolding. Meath’s skill in creating period-driven dialogue and characters is evident throughout the book. The audiobook narrator also contributes to the immersive experience, making it feel as though you’re a part of the story. While this may not be the book for readers seeking challenging, hard-to-decipher mysteries, it is a delightful, light, and easy read/listen that allows you to unwind and relax. I personally enjoyed following along with the story while tending to my garden on a sunny afternoon.
Meath’s character-building is spectacular. The standout character in the novel is Jax Diamond. He is well-crafted and perfectly curated to fit the overall vibe and themes of the book. Diamond’s charming and relaxed demeanor sets the tone for a well-known private detective in the 1920s, and his dialogue throughout the novel is exceptional. If you’re a history buff, you’ll appreciate the small easter eggs that Meath includes in the book, such as Diamond’s homemade beer, which references the prohibition era. This is yet another example of Meath’s ability to fully immerse readers in Jax Diamond’s world.
Whether you’re a fan of the glamorous worlds depicted in F. Scott Fitzgerald novels or the whodunit feel of an Agatha Christie story, you’ll love Songbird. It is a tantalizing mystery that I highly recommend.
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