The Wicked Redhead: A Wicked City Novel

The Wicked Redhead: A Wicked City Novel

by Beatriz Williams

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Overview

The dazzling narrator of The Wicked City brings her mesmerizing voice and indomitable spirit to another Jazz Age tale of rumrunners, double crosses, and true love, spanning the Eastern seaboard from Florida to Long Island to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

1924. Ginger Kelly wakes up in tranquil Cocoa Beach, Florida, having fled south to safety in the company of disgraced Prohibition agent Oliver Anson Marshall and her newly-orphaned young sister, Patsy. But paradise is short-lived. Marshall is reinstated to the agency with suspicious haste and put to work patrolling for rumrunners on the high seas, from which he promptly disappears. Gin hurries north to rescue him, only to be trapped in an agonizing moral quandary by Marshall’s desperate mother. 

1998. Ella Dommerich has finally settled into her new life in Greenwich Village, inside the same apartment where a certain redheaded flapper lived long ago...and continues to make her presence known. Having quit her ethically problematic job at an accounting firm, cut ties with her unfaithful ex-husband, and begun an epic love affair with Hector, her musician neighbor, Ella’s eager to piece together the history of the mysterious Gin Kelly, whose only physical trace is a series of rare vintage photograph cards for which she modeled before she disappeared.

Two women, two generations, two urgent quests. But as Ginger and Ella track down their separate quarries with increasing desperation, the mysteries consuming them take on unsettling echoes of each other, and both women will require all their strength and ingenuity to outwit a conspiracy spanning decades.

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062660329
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 12/10/2019
Series: Wicked City Series , #2
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 30,159
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Beatriz Williams is the bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Golden Hour, The Summer Wives, A Hundred Summers, and The Wicked Redhead. A native of Seattle, she graduated from Stanford University and earned an MBA in finance from Columbia University. She lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore, where she divides her time between writing and laundry.


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The Wicked Redhead: A Wicked City Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Tammy_A 19 days ago
Although I haven’t read the first book, I highly enjoyed this second novel in the ‘Wicked City’ series. The Wicked Redhead has dual timelines set in 1998, and the latter going back to 1924 during the jazz and prohibition era with characters Ginger (Gin) Kelly.. she’s a smart, saucy redhead that’s quite scandalous in her day, and girl-next-door Ella that finds a vintage (nude) photograph of a beautiful mysterious redhead. Entertaining, intriguing and overflowing with mystery, danger and fiery hot romance, I couldn’t put it down. Thanks so much to NetGalley, William Morrow and Mrs. Williams for the preview copy!
J_Powers 29 days ago
Beatriz Williams' writing is just magic. Can't wait for more from this series.
Nursebookie 3 months ago
A beautiful story told in two timelines which picked up from the first book, The Wicked City. I feel that reading the first book first would thoroughly give the reader a better understanding of the amazing characters that Beatriz Williams have created. Though I did not read the first book, I still thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful story told from 1924 during the Jazz Age and Prohibition Era, and how it connects to 1998 with Ella Dommerich in Greenwhich Village. Ginger Kelly is an awesome character you will fall in love with for her strength, will and wit. The connection of these two characters I found amazing to read. I am a huge fan of Historical Fiction and witty characters and I certainly enjoyed this amazing book! I highly enjoyed this entertaining read and look forward to the third book in this series.
bookchickdi 3 months ago
When we last left Gin Kelly, she had just had a harrowing encounter with her violent stepfather and his gang of Prohibition-violating criminals that left Billy Marshall, the man who loved her, badly beaten in Beatriz Williams' second Wicked City series novel, The Wicked City. The third novel of the Wicked City series, The Wicked Redhead, picks up in 1924 in the aftermath of the violent event. Gin and Billy's brother Anson, a Prohibition agent who is Gin's lover, have escaped to Cocoa Beach, Florida with Gin's young sister Pasty. They are staying with Anson's friends Simon and Virginia to recuperate. Although Anson wants to provide a safe life for Gin and Patsy, he is drawn to helping the feds fight the scourge of pirates who are attacking the illegal rum runners, as well as the unlawful liquor distributors filling the waters off the east coast. Gin is angry that Anson would undertake such a dangerous mission. When Anson and Billy's indominable mother comes to Cocoa Beach, she wants to bring Gin back to Long Island to help her son Billy's recovery. She offers Gin a quid pro quo- if Gin comes backs to New York to help Billy, she will give Gin some information about her family that could change her life. The scenes between Gin and Mrs. Marshall are the strongest of the book. These two characters are tough, strong ladies. Mrs. Marshall may not be sympathetic, but she loves her seriously injured son and will do anything to help him. As the mother of sons, I understand that. In 1998, Ella's story also picks up where we left her in The Wicked City. Ella has left her cheating husband and moved into a small apartment where Gin used to live. Ella finds racy vintage photographs of Gin, and wants to know more about this redheaded woman who also has a connection to her great-aunt Julie. Once again, there is a violent confrontation involving Anson and Gin at the end of their story. There are also a few explicit sex scenes early on in the book, and Williams knows how to raise the pulse of her readers. Williams' leaves readers with more to tell in Gin and Ella's stories, so I'm sure we will see these ladies again in another book. I enjoy Williams' style of writing, and I found one particular passage enlightening. Gin thinks- "That's the trouble, isn't it? You never can see yourself from the perspective of someone else. You never do know how you look." For those who read the Schuyler Sisters novels by Williams, you'll be happy to know that they play a part in this series as well. And I loved that the law firm of Willig, Williams & White is mentioned, a nod to Williams' writing partners authors Lauren Willig and Karen White, whose latest book, All the Ways We Said Goodbye publishes in January. Fans of Beatriz Williams will enjoy The Wicked Redhead, but I do suggest that you read The Wicked City first in order to fully appreciate the new novel.
Susanlibgirl 4 months ago
This sequel to The Wicked City did not disappoint! But I've read all of Beatriz Williams' books and none of them have ever disappointed! It was interesting to read what happened to the characters from the last book and as always her development of the story and characters is spot on. You can read this as a stand alone, but I think readers would be more apt to enjoy this one more after reading Wicked City. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for this advance copy.
CharlotteLynnsReviews 4 months ago
The Wicked Redhead picks up right where The Wicked City left off. I believe you could read The Wicked Redhead without reading The Wicked City but I can see how the book would be more enjoyable if you knew the history of the characters and the reasons on why they were doing what they were. Although, Beatriz Williams does do a good job of filling in the holes as she tells the story. I enjoyed catching up with characters that I already was familiar with. I got caught up quickly on what had happened in their lives and was excited to see where they were heading. I LOVE Ginger. She has a quick wit and a strong will that women of 1924 were not always able to let out. She stood her ground, thought through most of her decisions, and helped Oliver when it was needed. Ella was also a great example of a strong and willful woman. She didn’t let her cheating husband walk all over her, she made decisions for the good of her, and let her heart open for a healthier relationship. Beatriz Williams is very talented in her writing. She takes two eras, has two stories, and then ties them together perfectly. The characters are enchanting and realistic, the settings are true to the time and marvelous, and the stories are so captivating that the reader can’t help but be pulled right in. She is a must-read author for anyone who loves historical fiction.
CharJones2525 4 months ago
I love historical fiction and the author is considered masterful at this genre. However, I just couldn’t get into THE WICKED REDHEAD, the sequel to THE WICKED CITY, which I haven’t read. Maybe it’s because I didn’t like main character Gin Kelly, described as a “floozy” in love with a “disgraced Prohibition agent” in 1924. The dual timeline narrative in 1998 with Ella Dommerich, who lives in the Greenwich Village apartment once occupied by Gin, also didn’t compel me. Other reviewers who have read all of Williams’ novels have been thrilled by this latest; I am clearly an outlier. As the French say, “Chacun à son goût.” 3 of 5 stars. Pub Date 10 Dec 2019    Thanks to the author, HarperCollins Publishers, and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #TheWickedRedhead #NetGalley
PatD 4 months ago
Beatriz has created a fabulous universe with her characters. Every time I read a new book from her I find myself dipping back to earlier books to remind myself of some of the secondary characters' back stories. And I'll be doing it again after reading The Wicked Redhead. The characters, setting, and stories are so rich and intertwined. There is resolution of some story lines but not all. Which means I have to wait for the next book and hope those are addressed!
PatD 4 months ago
Beatriz has created a fabulous universe with her characters. Every time I read a new book from her I find myself dipping back to earlier books to remind myself of some of the secondary characters' back stories. And I'll be doing it again after reading The Wicked Redhead. The characters, setting, and stories are so rich and intertwined. There is resolution of some story lines but not all. Which means I have to wait for the next book and hope those are addressed!
Reader4102 4 months ago
The premise of this book is that a modern-day woman scorned who loses everything - her husband and her lifestyle - finds love with the musician who lives in the apartment above her and a feeling of connection to the 1920s flapper who once lived in her apartment. Sounds fascinating, yes? Unfortunately, the author doesn’t adequately introduce her main characters. Two of them, the flapper and prohibition agent from the 1920s, are from a previous book. It felt like the author took up where the first book ended and for some reason assumed that every reader picking up this book read the first one. Regrettably, it is a terrible assumption on the part of the author because almost immediately there are references to people in the previous book that leave the reader struggling to figure out who these people are. Some readers will undoubtedly not want to work that hard when there so many better written books available. If you’ve read the first book, you’ll probably like this one. If you haven’t read the first book, you’d be well served by reading it or ignoring this one. My thanks to Morrow and Edelweiss for an eARC.
MicheleReader 4 months ago
Beatriz Williams is one of my favorite authors. I tell fans of historical fiction that they must read her books. Since her first novel, she has woven wonderful tales – most including, in a major or minor way, the Schuyler family. In The Wicked Redhead we learn more about Ginger Kelly in 1924 as well as Ella Dommerich Gilbert (daughter of Pepper Schuyler) in 1998, characters we met in Book 1 - The Wicked City. This book also starts by tying up a loose end from Williams’ Cocoa Beach. It makes good sense to read all the author’s books in order but at the very least, Book 1 in this series should be read first. And luckily online I found a (fictional) Schuyler family tree, so I didn’t have to struggle to remember all the people who made welcomed appearances in The Wicked Redhead. So, getting back to this book – we’re taken on a fun ride with Ginger from Florida to New York and beyond - entangled in the dangerous world of Prohibition and the love of two brothers. And for Ella, we see her dealing with moving on from a bad marriage, discovering a new love and her fascination with a professional, provocative photograph of a sexy redhead who lived in her Greenwich Village apartment – Ginger Kelly. Many thanks to Edelweiss, HarperCollins and Ms. Williams for an advance copy in exchange for this honest review.
Fredreeca2001 4 months ago
Ella has changed her world! She has quit her job, left her husband and has moved into a new apartment. She discovers some unique information about a previous tenant of her new space. This sends her on a quest to find out more. This novel is broken down into two different time periods, 1924 and 1998. I actually enjoyed the more recent time period better than the past. This is usual for me. I think the mystery element, the apartment and the characters were much better during this part of the story. The rum runners and the prohibition area had a great many characters and seemed a little disjointed. Beatriz Williams last couple of books have not hit their mark with me. They have just been ok. This one is actually pretty dogone good! It is still a little wordy but I really enjoyed it. Especially the mystery surrounding the apartment. Very unique!