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Coattails and Cocktails: Murder Straight Up with a Twist

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  23 reviews
FIRST PRIZE WINNER - 2018 Red City Review Book Awards

A body clearly shaken, but not stirring…

Summer, 1929. Murder isn’t on the menu when Chicago tycoon Ransom Warne hosts a dinner party at his country estate. But someone’s a victim—and everyone’s a suspect—when drinks and desires lead to disaster.

Hollywood starlet Lottie Landry has returned home to celebrate her engagemen
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Published September 14th 2017 by Fallen Monkey Press
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Shani Struthers
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having loved the slightly paranormal What the Clocks Know, set between modern day and Victorian London, I knew I was in for a treat with this 1920s extravaganza! Billed as a cosy crime, the scene is set pre-murder in an American country house with several delicious characters in situ. The murder happens around a third of the way through and then it's a whodunnit guessing game with several red herrings to missteer you. Agatha Christie-like in tone, there are some wonderfully comic moments through ...more
Nicki Elson
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's perfect that two of the characters in this book are actors because I could practically see this story playing out on the big screen while I read. From the very first chapter, the intrigue is thick with complex characters in complicated relationships. You immediately get the sense that there's way more to each of their stories than they're letting each other know.

And, oh boy, were they keeping a lot from each other. Their secrets come out as they grapple with solving the mystery of the murd
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Set in an opulent suburb of Chicago, this noir mystery has all the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood in the 1920s. Two popular film stars of the time, one a veteran, the other a rising star seem to be involved both on and off the screen. Other members of the cast are strong players in the publishing world.
Scandal, rumor and class all play roles. Sort of the opposite of a locked door mystery, this wealthy mansion has the most modern conveniences incuding hidden passageways and trick levers. Even
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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It is 1929 and Ransom Warne, a Chicago tycoon throws a party on his country estate. Unfortunately one of his guests will end up murder before the party is finished.

One of the guests is Hollywood starlet Lottie Landry who is celebrating her engagement to her co star Noble. She is having doubts about him as her former guardian Ransom does not like him.

Thrown in that each other halves think they are cheating with each other. A murder mystery that seems like an old black and wh
Carmilla Voiez
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
A delicious mix of secrets and humour create a potent cocktail in Rumer Haven’s Coattails and Cocktails.

The book describes itself as a cross between Agatha Christie and The Great Gatsby. Apart from the time period I didn’t really see any similarities to F Scott Fitzgerald’s books as I read it. My only previous exposure to Historical Mysteries/Crime Thrillers is through Sarah Water and I didn’t really see that here either. However what I did find was an intelligent story with a good and unexpecte
Vanessa Wild
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable, cosy murder mystery set at the end of the Roaring Twenties in Chicago. The description is Agatha Christie meets the Great Gatsby and I think this is quite apt! It has a certain style of writing and is very evocative of the era.

There are a few twists, turns and the odd red herring. It takes time to get going as the murder doesn’t happen until a little way in, but then it quickly builds up speed and it held my attention right up to the end. It's a clever and intriguing plot with some
Hilary Mortz
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Fans of Agatha Christie and F Scott Fitzgerald will find much to enjoy in this 1920's whodunnit. The period details are well researched and authentic and I could actually believe that it was written back in that golden age.

On the downside, I found the characters a little distant and unfortunately didn't engage with any of them properly, which ultimately spoilt the reading experience for me and I guessed who committed the murder very early on.

Thanks to TBC and the author for letting me read and
Isabella May
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just wonderful! Such a unique book, such a unique voice. I loved the depth of characters, the pace, the language, the kaleidoscope of cocktails - all so evocative of the location and period. The author had me guessing and changing my mind as to whodunnit right until the end. Rumer Haven, I'll be back for more! ...more
Astrid Arditi
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic read! Impossible to put down... The characters, the atmosphere, the huis clos, all contributed to create a unique mystery, full of setbacks and surprises, with on top the promise of a love story. It feels like an Agatha Christie novel but with a glamour Hollywood background. Perfect!
Katharine Johnson
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyable 1920s murder mystery – an intoxicating mix of glitz and glamour with tangled relationships and a group of intriguing guests from a Hollywood starlet to a young journalist who all find themselves suspects. I love the way the story is structured like a menu with different courses. I reviewed this book voluntarily for The Book Club (TBC)
Karen Komarinski
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Coattails & cocktails this story is full of mystery deception romance & murder. If you love Agatha Christie, Clue, and The Great Gatsby this will be a great adventure for you. You will have a great time at the party!
chloe (chloeslibrary1)
wow!! i absolutely loved this masterpiece from Rumer Haven and will definitely check out more of her books!

Rumer Haven took such a unique approach with this novel, making it feel more authentic and raw compared to other murder mystery novels i’ve read. i loved how Rumer Haven spent so much time developing each character, allowing for their unique personalities to play such different, yet important roles in the story. the twists and turns made this story such a fun one to read. once you think yo
Rabid Readers Reviews
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Haven knows how to paint a setting. Delicately placed in the cultured country outside of Chicago is a palatial estate with gleaming tennis courts and richly paneled rooms with all of hidden nooks featuring modem technology. Ice in the library bar! What a luxury! At the center of this roaring 20’s topography is a bombshell with a tragic backstory, Lottie Landry. Raised in France until the death of her parents and given to a mother that never wanted children at a formative age, Lottie has always r ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A clever whodunit set in the Roaring Twenties

It’s the old story: a dinner party in the country, clashing personalities, and a body in the library. Tensions rise as the remaining guests must work out whodunit and why. There’s no detective present, just five scared people and a whole lot of alcohol.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable mystery with plenty of twists; I thought I knew where it was going several times, and each time had the rug pulled out from under me. Despite this, it’s no deus ex machi
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
This was the 2nd book I've read from Rumer Haven, and I really enjoyed this mystery piece! I think the description on the cover of Gatsby meets Murder Mystery is perfect as I felt transported back to that era immediately. I found her writing style to be clear and engaging for me to read. I did not love all of the characters but felt invested in them enough to want to find out what happened to them. My key thing with a mystery is how easy it is to solve, and for me, this one was a challenge. I ba ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A cocktail with a very different "twist".

Nothing but love for this story. The characters, the setting, the storyline that you may think you've figured out (but you'll be wrong😉) all combining to create a tale you won't want to put down. Rumer Haven will introduce you to Lottie, Edith, Noble, Ransom, Rex and Helen. The descriptive setting along with the accuracy of the vocabulary will plant you right in the middle of a nineteen twenties who dunnit that will keep you guessing the whole time. I enj
Katherine McDermott

Jazz Era Mystery
Oct 30, 2017

Set at the end of the Roaring Twenties, Rumer Haven's Coattails and Cocktails is a murder mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie with multiple suspects and a read herring or two. The author weaves a plot that keeps the reader guessing and questions character's motives. Actress Lottie Landry's romance with co-star Noble raises objections from former guardian, Ransom. His wife is suspicious. Undertones and relationships among the characters provide conflict and tensi
Georgina Roberts
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story starts with a number of people at a party and one of them is killed..but no one knows who by or why.
A great murder mystery set in the 1920s. The writing was really atmospheric and the characters were well written.
Fabulous read. Thanks to TBConFB for an advance copy in return for an honest review.
Juliette Harrisson
A decent whodunnit, but it didn't really capture the period feel to me, as there were too many little distracting odd things (like a French little girl called 'Karlotta', which is very much not a French name, people calling their fathers 'dad', and so on). ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Murder straight up with a twist .
An excellent mystery .
Interesting characters , who on the outside you think you have them pegged. All is not what it seems.
5 stars for the story that I thought I had figured out (several times) but I was wrong , Ha ha.
I recommend to all .
Denise Kearney
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Kindle-Free-Ereader News 31/2 stars a who-done-it with lots of twists and turns I recommend it
Megan Tolle
| 3.5-4 stars |

An interesting take on the classic "whodunnit" genre set in the Roarin' Twenties era.

The majority of the plot focuses on the murder of a guest who attended a dinner party that takes place on a lavish country estate, home to Colonel Ransom Warne, a Chicago business tycoon and former guardian of Lottie Landry, a rising Hollywood Starlet.

And everyone on the guest-list is a suspect.

The author did a fantastic job in her research of that time period and setting up the atmosphere, and t
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reminiscent of period crime stories of earlier years this is light crime with romance, intrigue and a very stylish setting.
Set in the late 20's, and mixed with some stories of Hollywood glamour with actresses, journalists and some very wealthy people, Rumer Haven creates a convincing location and a nice mix of characters.
The plot is pacy and there are red herrings and twists. A cosy quick read to curl up with and enjoy.
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Rumer Haven is probably the most social recluse you could ever meet. When she’s not babbling her fool head off among friends and family, she’s pacified with a good story that she’s reading, writing, or revising—or binge-watching Buffy. A writer/editor hailing from Chicago, she presently lives in London with her husband and probably a ghost or two. Rumer has always had a penchant for the past and p ...more

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