Book Review: ‘Viviana Valentine Gets Her Man: A Girl Friday Novel’ By Emily J. Edwards

The first novel in this new P.I. novel, set in 1950, is just really good. It has everything a novel needs to have, a strong female character, a gumshoe P.I., a great setting in New York City, fun story and strong supporting characters. Viviana Valentine is a Girl Friday at the P.I. firm owned by Tommy Fortuna (love their names) and ofter refers to her as ‘Dollface.’ They have a good amount of clients and she keeps the office running smoothly. Tommy’s latest client is a rich mane named Tallmadge Blackstone, and he wants an eye kept on his 18-year-old daughter, who he has promised to marry his older business partner. She wants nothing to do with the man. When Viv comes to work and opens Tommy’s office door, she finds a man on the floor and there’s blood. The police arrive (more fun characters) and Tommy is missing. With no idea where he is, she takes the case and starts investigating, with the help of her fellow friends at the boarding house where she lives. She starts to learn shocking secrets and she’s able to pull it all together and figure out what’s been going on. This is one of the best books of the year. I can’t wait for the second book in May.

You can pick up Viviana Valentine Gets Her Man in stores on Tuesday, November 8th from Crooked Lane.

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