Want it by Wednesday, October 24?
Order by 12:00 PM Eastern and choose Expedited Shipping at checkout.
Same Day shipping in Manhattan. See Details
Bright lights. Big city. Brutal murder.
Chicago, 1938. Late one night before the ten o'clock show, the body of a prominent radio actress is found in the station's lounge. All the evidence points to murderand one young, up-and-coming radio actress, Vivian Witchell, as the next victim. But Vivian isn't the type to leave her fate in the hands of othersshe's used to stealing the show. Alongside charming private detective Charlie Haverman, Vivian is thrust into a world of clues and motives, suspects and secrets. And with so much on the line, Vivian finds her detective work doesn't end when the on-air light goes out...
The gripping first novel in a new series from debut author Cheryl Honigford, The Darkness Knows is a thrilling mystery that evokes the drama and scandal of radio stardom in prewar Chicago.
About the Author
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Enjoyable. Love the characters.
I loved this quick and light historical mystery. I loved how it took place in a radio station. That was fun to learn more about some of the stars that began in radio. I look forward to learning more about Viv and Charlie in more stories. They were so good together. It was sad to see Viv falling for the slimy actor and she had to learn there is more than just acting. This has a great mystery and is fun and light hearted. I received this from Sourcebook for a fair and honest opinion.
The Darkness Knows by Cheryl Honigford is a Viv and Charlie mystery novel. Vivian Witchell is a radio actress in Chicago, Illinois in 1938. Vivian was a secretary at the station (for Mr. Hart) before she made the move into acting. Vivian is determined to be independent and a big star. One evening Vivian forgot her umbrella and had return to the lounge. She walks into the lounge and finds a body. Vivian screams which alerts the elevator operator and then faints dead away. She awakens in the office of Mr. Hart, the station owner. The body was that of radio star, Marjorie Fox. She was the main character in The Golden Years. After Vivian gets threatened, Mr. Hart hires Charlie Haverman, Jr., a private investigator, to keep her safe and look into the crime. Vivian wants to help Charlie with the investigation. She does not want to stay safe at home with her mother (Vivian comes from a well-to-do family). Can they find the killer before Vivian ends up the next victim? The Darkness Knows was a good concept. I like the time period and the radio angle (different from other novels). However, I thought the mystery was simple and very easy to solve (one clue gives it away). Vivian is trying to be this independent woman but it does not come across. She is from a rich family who live in a big house, have a chauffeur, maid, etc. Her shows of independence are comical (like not using the chauffeur). There are phrases and words in the book that are not correct for the era. There is also some information repeated a few times. I give The Darkness Knows 3 out of 5 stars (it was okay). Vivian was not my favorite character in the book (I found Graham Yarborough entertaining). She is such a contradiction (independent, stubborn and then faints and cries). I thought Cheryl Honigford was a very verbose writer (a nice word for long winded and descriptive). The book seemed unfinished at the end. The crime was solved, but we are left with a couple of unanswered questions. I do not believe I will read the next book in the series (just not for me). I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my won.
I found this to be a pretty entertaining cozy mystery. Set in a radio station back in the late 1930's, it was interesting to read about how the behind the scenes worked. They were really spitting out the programs and I found it interesting that one person could be on more than one show. As for the mystery itself, I had the suspect correct, but the wrong reason for the trip to the foundling. So, that was kind of a buzz kill for me. However, I still enjoyed reading the book. I did find it a little strange that the main character, who I really liked, would have a relationship with a man after only four days. That had to be rare in this era. Thanks Sourcebooks and Net Galley for my free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.