In this sparkling debut novel imbued with the rich intrigue of Kate Atkinson’s literary mysteries and the spirited heart of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, a disparate group of Londoners plunge into a search for a missing American actress.
In the dreary days of November 1965, American actress Iolanthe Green has become the toast of the West End. Charismatic, mysterious, and beautiful, she brings color and a sprinkling of glamour to the scuffed boards of Soho’s Galaxy Theatre. But one evening, after another rapturously received performance, Iolanthe walks through the stage door, out into the cold London night, and vanishes.
All of London is riveted as Fleet Street speculates about the missing actress’s fate. But as time passes and the case grows colder, the public’s interest turns to the unfolding Moors Murders and erupting political scandals. Only Anna Treadway, Iolanthe’s dresser at the Galaxy, still cares. A young woman of dogged determination with a few dark secrets of her own, she is determined to solve the mystery of the missing actress.
A disparate band of London émigrés—an Irish policeman, a Turkish coffee-house owner and his rebellious daughter, and a literature-loving Jamaican accountant—joins Anna in her quest, an odyssey that leads them into a netherworld of jazz clubs, backstreet doctors, police brutality, and seaside ghost towns. Each of these unusual sleuths has come to London to escape the past and forge a new future. Yet as they draw closer to uncovering the truth of Iolanthe’s disappearance, they may have to face the truth about themselves.
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About the Author
Miranda Emmerson is a playwright and author living in Wales. She studied English at Oxford and Playwriting Studies at Birmingham, as well as working as a journalist, a web editor, and a writer for people with a learning disability. In the past fifteen years, she has written numerous drama adaptations for BBC Radio 4 as well as some highly-acclaimed original drama. Her first book, Fragrant Heart, an account of her time living and traveling in Asia, was published in 2014.
Luci Christian is an actress and writer, known for her voice-over performance in One Piece, Starship Troopers: Invasion, and Appleseed Alpha, among many other animated films and television series. She has been married to Michael Bell since 2008. They have two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a fine read, and one which emulates the period it's set in perfectly! Anna Treadway is a dresser in the theatre; she assumes she has a close relationship with the star of the show whom she looks after, but when Iolanthe Green suddenly disappears after the show one evening, she is as much in the dark as any others. With no-one else seemingly doing very much to find Miss Green, Anna decides that the only option is for her to step up and see what she can discover. This wasn't quite the read I was expecting, but then it is another which had apparently got stuck at the bottom of my reading list. It's a decent enough story, but it did go round the houses a bit. However, what did really appeal to me was the obvious social differences between then and now. There are some scenes which, by today's standards, are quite shocking! I enjoyed the read, but it wasn't as dazzling as I thought it was going to be. My thanks to publisher Fourth Estate for my copy via NetGalley. These are my own unbiased opinions.
Touching, and discusses race issues.
Comparing this book to Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, is an insult to Major Pettigrew, this book is not very good and the mystery is inconsequential. If you like Major Pettigrew then do yourself a favor and pass this book by.
An actress goes missing in mid-sixties London Iolanthe Green, an American actress, goes missing from her theatre production and Anna Treadway, her dresser, tries to find her. Along the way, a number of interesting characters join in the search: a police officer, a West Indian accountant, a Turkish Cypriot family. All these characters are developed well and constitute an important part of this novel which also involves police brutality, illegal abortions, a bunch of misleading information. Ultimately the mystery is not important as each character moves on with their lives. I enjoyed this mystery novel as the characters engage the reader and the plot develops slowly but well.