It Had to Be You

It Had to Be You

by Delynn Royer

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It Had to Be You by Delynn Royer

New York City, 1924

Determined to pursue her dream of becoming a crime reporter, heiress Trixie Frank believes she's off to a running start when she lands a job at the most successful tabloid in Manhattan. Unfortunately, her high hopes fade fast when she's assigned to the rewrite desk.

Sean Costigan is a demoted homicide detective on the commissioner's blacklist. The last thing he needs complicating his life is a perky debutante with delusions of becoming the next great American journalist. Too bad she happens to hold one of the keys to solving his latest case, the Central Park murder of a notorious gangster. The other key? Sean's childhood sweetheart, the victim's widow, who has gone missing.

Sean soon has more trouble with dames than any good man deserves. But that's the least of his worries. When he suspects deadly corruption within his own department, it's not just his and Trixie's careers that depend on finding the killer. It's their lives.

98,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426898129
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 04/07/2014
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 181,878
File size: 350 KB

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It Had to Be You 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful romp through 1920's New York City. Rich heiress working as a tabloid reporter gets involved with an Irish police detective trying to solve the murder of a gangster! The plot and the romance thicken with exciting and page tuning results. So well written that even a non-romance reader like me was entranced.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great romantic mystery set in Roaring 20s New York. Trixie Frank leaves behind her heiress status to see just who she'd be without Daddy's money. Turns out it's a modern gal with a sharp eye for a news story. Enter Sean Costigan, a devilishly handsome black Irish homicide detective, born and raised in Hell's Kitchen. He's definitely a product of his era. Tough, demanding and straight as an arrow. Too bad his department isn't. That leaves him on the outs with the higher ups. Their search for the murderer of a high profile gangster leads them all over the streets of New York, and even to Long Island, where the bootleggers anchor of the shore and do a brisk business. Ms. Royer weaves in all walks of life from the era. A Zeigfield girl, a beautiful widow from Sean's old neighborhood, a stuffy, overbearing butler, a street urchin, and a slew of cops and gangsters. A fun trip through a wonderful time period. Well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great engaging mystery romance read. Perfect for anyone who likes Golden Age of Hollywood black and white movies.
LynnLD More than 1 year ago
Light, Entertaining and Suspenseful! Trixie Frank has taken a job with a tabloid newspaper in the 20’s during the Prohibition Era though she is from an affluent family. She is looking for a way to prove that she can be taken seriously as a reporter. One day, a boy ( Danny) tries to take her purse and after she reins him in, she gets to know him and discovers that he has witnessed a murder in the park of a well-known and wealthy man, Johnny Murphy. Many figures come into play as this who-dun-it becomes a key story. Trixie is assigned to work with Detective Sean Costigan in this case and they focus on Murphy’s wife Nell, his fiancée Lenore, his mistress Mary Patterson, his brother Egan and top cops such as Carter, Keegan and Grottano who are all suspects at some point. During the melee, it is discovered that Johnny was involved in the bootlegging industry and the finger can be pointed a number of directions. Read this fast-paced mystery and see who really did it and as Author DeLynn Royer successfully captures the language as she transports us back to the Roaring 20’s in NYC.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Taut romantic mystery.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
A good mystery is always one of my favorite books to pick up. The romance in It Had to Be You also drew me in. I loved that the romance was not instant. The relationship between Sean and Trixie builds and grows as the story is told. They did not fall right in to bed, although I could tell they both wanted to. There actually ended up being no sex in this book. Trixie entertained me. She had guts, she was feminine, and she was funny. She knew what she wanted in life and was not afraid to work for it. It is a man’s world in 1924 and she was not afraid to stick her nose into that world. Trixie stood up for what she believed in and did not let Sean, even though he is a detective, push her around. I do wish there was more history in the story. I love the 20’s. I wanted more of that setting. There were times I forgot it was a history book and felt the story was more of a current time frame setting. I felt like there was so much more that could have been told and that the author dropped the ball a little in that part. Do not get me wrong, this is a great story. I enjoyed it from the first page to the end. It kept me entertained and reading. I recommend checking it out and I cannot wait for more.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
It is the age of prohibition and no one knows who is worse--the bad guys or the bad cops and there are plenty of both in this mystery. Then there is tenacious Trixie Frank, reporter who is determined to make a name for herself in spite of her rich Daddy! Sean is perhaps the only decent and honest cop around, or so it seems and when Trixie and Sean get together to figure out who murdered the gangster sparks fly! Then there is little Danny--an orphan who lives on the street and steals (or tries to) Trixie's pocketbook. Trixie took pity on him and gives him her phone number and tells him she will help him get a job Later that night he witnesses a murder and is the only one who can identify the killers. I have to say I loved the character of Danny--that little rapscallion--and was very happy that his ending was one that will make all happy. The interaction between males and females were definitely taken from that period of time and will make you smile! So who were the good guys and who the bad? And was the killer found? I have to warn you that this is written in Brooklynese with a bit of Irish thrown in--but it fits right in to the time period. I really enjoyed this foray into the past!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun to read.