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Death in the Ladies' Goddess Club

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'Crime's not a woman's business, Joanie. It's not some bloody game.'

In the murky world of Kings Cross in 1932, aspiring crime writer Joan Linderman and her friend and flatmate Bernice Becker live the wild bohemian life, a carnival of parties and fancy-dress artists' balls.

One Saturday night, Joan is thrown headfirst into a real crime when she finds Ellie, her neighbour,
Kindle Edition, 307 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Allen & Unwin
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M - The long hot spell
Death in the Ladies Goddess Club is a complex murder mystery set in Kings Cross in the 1930s. Leatherdales novel offers a cast of characters who are bohemian, on the dangerous side and despite their flaws, often very likeable. Though I didn't always agree with their antics.
The main protagonist, Joan, is a journalist by day and novel writer by night and she gets caught up in the mystery, amateur detective style, as the story gets played out in her novel. Leatherdale does a lovely job of bringing
Deborah Ideiosepius
This was a beautifully written, thoroughly engrossing novel. Set in Sydney, mostly in Kings Cross, in 1932 this is one of the most rounded and convincing historical settings that I have ever encountered for the time period in Sydney.

The Cross and it's bohemian lifestyle in the 1930's flourished beside a very conservative middle class and this becomes the perfect setting for Joan finding her neighbour murdered. Joan starts investigating the case and incorporating it into her novel, trying to
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
It has to be said, the covers of Julian Leatherdale's books are always exquisite. Death in the Ladies' Goddess Club is the second of his books I've read (Palace of Tears, his debut was published in 2015) and their covers reflect the opulent lives and stories dwelling in them.

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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
...she had sat at her typewriter, happily composing a murder scene for her novel. And now here she was thrust without warning into the middle of a real one, the unspeakably gruesome death of someone she knew.

By day, Joan Linderman is a subeditor for a leading womens magazine, while at night she works on a crime novel she hopes to one day have published. But when her downstairs neighbour is discovered with her throat slashed, the line between fiction and fact becomes blurred, and Joan finds
Camila - Books Through My Veins
- thanks to @allenandunwin for sending the book my way!

The idea of seeing Syndey back in the 1930s was quite appealing, so I went into this book with enthusiasm. The author does an outstanding job setting the atmosphere of the era, capturing several exciting historical moments which I enjoyed, including the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

I was unsure about how a male author would depict a female main character from back then, and although Joan does not have any majors flaws as a character,
Tony Nielsen
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The setiing of Death in the Ladies Goddess Club is early 1930's Sydney, and specifically in the notorious King's Cross streets. Joan is a writer for a local paper and of a crime based novel she is pecking away with. Her friends are mostly street girls scrapping for a living in an environment still overshadowed by the Great War. Many of their men either didn't come home or are too damaged to resume a normal life.

The counter-point of the financially challenged women and the well-to-do Society
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With a big shout out I would like to thank Julian Leatherdale and Allen and Unwin for the ARC of Death in the Ladies Goddess Club.

This excellent Australian crime thriller is set in Kings Cross, Sydneys infamous entertainment area, in post war 1932. The protagonist Joan is a crime writer who finds her neighbour murdered. There is complexity to this story with great character development; I was intrigued until the end. This is the first book I've read by Julian Leatherdale, I've added her earlier
Joselle Griffin
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! The characters were lively and interesting and I spent the whole time rethinking 'who dunnit' with all the twists. I like that it's a process of exploitation for the main character into her own self as well as the mystery. The post war setting seeps through and impacts the atmosphere of the characters world. Very enjoyable, and I am definitely going to read more books by Leatherdale.
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing novel. Interesting mix of 1930's historical and cultural references together with romance, mystery and intrigue. I liked the commentary on the treatment of women in the 19030's from different perspectives i.e. there was young single women, female artists and bereaved mothers. If you like Miss Fisher, you'll love this!
Caroline Poole
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting murder mystery that entertains in its time (1930s) and setting (Kings Cross Sydney) as much as its characters and the solving of the crimes. A bit Phrynne Fisher but tougher and meaner. ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Well researched and enjoyed the setting. An easy and enjoyable read.
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Julian Leatherdales first love was the theatre. On graduation from a theatre studies degree at the University of NSW, he wrote lyrics for four satirical cabarets and a two-act musical. He discovered a passion for popular history as a staff writer, researcher and photo editor for Time-Lifes Australians At War series. He later researched and co-wrote two Film Australia-ABC documentaries Return to ...more

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