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Speakeasy: A Novella (Speakeasy, #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  20 reviews
The novella is centered on Eddie Durante, owner of a speakeasy who's supported by his mobster uncle—the boss of the Durante family. Eddie is a young widower after his family's rival, the Caprice family, murdered his wife over a territory dispute. After devising a plan that retaliated against four of the rivaling capos, Eddie is left with the daunting task to try and move o ...more
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Published December 21st 2011 (first published December 1st 2011)
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Sharon Gibbs
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, mystery
I loved this story! A.M.Dunnewin you've done it again. Amidst the backdrop of jazz music, drinking and dancing the story of Eddie Durante unfolds. Widowed when his wife is brutally gunned down he continues to run the Speakeasy club. Broken hearted, he carries on the family business. Four months later he finds bodies littering his club. Retaliation? Revenge? You will have to read this story for yourself to find out what happens next.
An amazing read that brought tears to my eyes in the end. Fantas
Tanya Johnson
Eddie is a young widower moving up in the world of the mob, is wife was killed by a rival family. After the death of his family, Eddie tries to move on while running his Speakeasy and things are going good until the Caprice family retalitates and he is on the list to be offed. As people start showing up dead, Eddie starts to get a little nervous. Can Eddie face his fears to save those that he cares about or will he run?

. I’m not one to read books about mobsters but this one sounded interesting
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Despite the morbid undertones in the book, the humor which has been injected in precisely the right doses and in the right places makes this book a winner. A.M. Dunnewin has easily found a way to take the reader back in time to face a mob war between two formidable families who lose no sleep after taking an innocent life. Speakeasy: A Novella is masterfully written, with each of the main players created with enough back-story and depth to make them realistic and relatable. I very much enjoyed Sp ...more
Sarah Zama
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In Roaring Twenties New York, Eddy manages an elegant speakeasy and mourns his wife. But there is a dark secret in his past and someone is out to get even with him.

This is a fast paced novella, with twists at every chapter. I kept turning the pages, wanting to know what was going to happen next, surprised by twists and turns and secrets, up to the very, dark end.

The setting is very nice and unusual, a secret speakeasy, fool of jazz music and booze, witty flappers, mysterious gangsters, sensual b
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gotta-read
A book of suspense and intrigue, Speakeasy is a novella to keep you guessing. Jazz and prohibition – what more could more accurately backdrop a murder mystery so complete? I couldn’t guess the culprit until the final page – and even then, I was shocked! No spoilers, though – you’ll definitely have to read this little nugget for yourself – and I thoroughly encourage you to do so! What a romp!

Laurie Sanford
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this novella. From the offset, the colorful characters and vivid backdrop keep you engaged and wanting to know more. With each new event that unfolds, you are plunged deeper into the mystery. I felt as if wandering through a cold 1920's night in New York, meeting gangsters, flappers, and bootleggers along the way. I couldn't wait to uncover the truth, as chilling as it turned out to be. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good thriller! ...more
Jeremy Reed
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novella is absolutely fantastic. While I'm slightly biased because I know the author, I was genuinely surprised at how quickly I was drawn in. I found myself turning page after page wondering what would happen next. I highly recommend this book. It's a great way to spend an afternoon. ...more
Mary Schildman
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Had me immediately hooked. Great story, imaginative characters and a good twist. Not one for short stories, but this was good.
Stanley McShane
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-tour
Eddie Durante is the epitome of a speakeasy owner. It's a novella and he isn't fully-developed--doesn't have to be. It's the 20s. Flappers, moonshiners, hot jazz music, and girls in dazzling costumes, revealing, sexy, setting the tone for the darkened secreted underground club. Haven't we all seen 20s movies, dark, noir, tommy guns ("Chicago typewriters"), mobsters, cigarette smoke stifling the air mixing with the smell of gin and sweat.

Eddie's speakeasy is run by his uncle, a mobster, boss of t
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Eddie Durante is the owner of a speakeasy and a mobster under his Uncle, the boss of the Durante family.  Eddie is still recovering from the death of his wife, Kate who was killed by the rival Caprice family in a territory dispute. Amidst this, Eddie is notified that the Caprice's have a hit out on him within his own speakeasy.  As the bodies start piling up, Eddie realises that this is more than a regular hit.  This is payback, revenge in the purest form imaginable for the decisions he made for ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.5 of 5

I am a sucker for historical fiction set during the jazz age, so when I saw this book available on Amazon (most likely on sale), I snatched it up.

Speakeasy, by A.M. Dunnewin is a quick-read novella. Eddie Durante is the owner of a speakeasy that was supported by mob money (Eddie's uncle). Eddie's wife has recently been killed in a territory dispute among rival mob bosses. Eddie learns that the Caprice Family has put out a
R.K. Emery
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novella
I love the quick reads that really bring the action and suspense. It's a wonderfully done quick read that you will get a lot out of . A.M. Dunnewin makes sure not to inundate her reader with unimportant stuff and just keep the book exciting and full of drama. This cover is gorgeous and really speaks to the theme well! Superb writing, a great story! ...more
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Nicole Evelina
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-fiction
I loved this! I'ma huge fan of gangster stories and this is the best I've ever read. Twists galore, and all in a novella. Can't wait to read more from this author! ...more
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
For a novella, this story sure turned out to be full of action and surprises. In fact, it was so good that I read it in one sitting - I just couldn't put it down without seeing what came next. The action begins immediately and doesn't let up until the shocking ending. Set in one of my favorite eras (the roaring twenties) - the fact that all of the action takes place in a speakeasy made it all that much more enjoyable.

Although the ending was a bit predictable, I still enjoyed the way the author
Andy N
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on NetGalley.

Loved it! A great page-turner, filled with suspense that will you addicted until the last page.

The 1920's with jazz, gangsters and murders is the perfect cocktail for a great reading! At each event you'll dive deeper and deeper into the story and when you think you got everything figured out, you're in for a surprise.

It's the first book I read from A.M. Dunnewin and I absolutely loved it. The way she describes a cold-night in New York was the only t
Ben Brody
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
“It hurts, doesn’t it,” Lillian hissed, her own darkness consuming her. “When someone you love is damaged beyond repair. Like they’ve never existed.” She said the last words as if Eddie had no idea what they actually meant.

Eddie smirked. “Damaged and destroyed are two very different things.”


This was a very well-written novella about life in the 1920s, weaving a family-operated speakeasy and rival gangs together in an intriguing and witty way. My only issue is that the characters are prone to qu
Kirsten Tattersall
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a very pleasant and short read. This story is set in the 20's within a speakeasy, owned by one Eddie Durante. His wife recently was killed and he is finding bodies in the back rooms of the speakeasy. The story is fast-paced, and the humor is great. The characters get just enough of a backstory to be relatable, but not too much as to bog the story down. ...more
Bob Deragisch
Short and not so sweet

The resolution was obvious. The grammatical errors that were unintentional (not written to be part of the dialog) made it tough to keep reading. But some parts were fairly poetic in the descriptions. So not a one star, but two at most.
Byron  'Giggsy' Paul
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir, violence
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A. M. Dunnewin grew up with a taste for mysteries and thrillers, inherited ever so lovingly from her family. An affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association, A. M.’s own stories cover a wide range of genres that tend to take a dark turn when least expected. With a B.A. in Psychology, she’s a gambler of words, obsessed with chai tea, and addicted to books – everything from classical literatur ...more

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