Music and Murder
by Jeanne M. Dams

Spirited female sleuth Elizabeth Fairchild is drawn into Chicago’s growing jazz scene – and murder – in this compelling 1920s mystery.

July, 1926. When Elizabeth Fairchild’s beau, Fred Wilkins, suggests going to Chicago’s Sunset Club to see Louis Armstrong, the world’s best trumpeter, in action, she faces a dilemma. The burgeoning jazz scene in the city is proving to be controversial, associated with gangsters and scandal. Even her dear friend Susannah refers to jazz as ‘the devil’s music’.

Intrigued, Elizabeth brushes her fears aside and visits the club with Fred, but an explosion causes panic – the Ku Klux Klan are intent on blowing up the club as part of a race war being waged in the city, and murder soon follows. Elizabeth has made herself a target, but she has a plan to save the club. The only problem is it involves jazz afficionado and the Sunset Club’s owner, the country’s most notorious criminal, Al Capone . . .


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Jeanne M. Dams

Jeanne M. Dams, an American, is a devout Anglophile who has wished she could live in England ever since her first visit in 1963. Fortunately, her alter ego, Dorothy Martin, can do just that. Jeanne lives in South Bend, Indiana, with a varying population of cats.

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