“Curtain Call is a beautifully written, absorbing work of historical fiction.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
Having read Half of the Human Race by Anthony Quinn and absolutely loving it, I was really looking forward to Curtain Call.
There is a murderer on the loose, known as the Tie-Pin Killer, who preys on prostitutes. Nina Land is spending an illicit afternoon in The Imperial hotel with Stephen Wyley, a married man, when she hears cries coming from one of the other rooms. she intervenes, and saves the young girl’s life. Nevertheless the murderer now knows them both and is coming after them.
The murder mystery is the thread that runs through the book but it is very much the sub-plot. This book is all about the characters and the disarray of their lives. Quinn shines a spotlight on these people living in an era – the 1930s- when everything was falling apart and nobody quite knew how to recover themselves.