A songbird is silenced ... by murder.
With her soulful voice and delicate beauty, Starr Hendrix seemed destined to live up to her name and hit it big as a jazz singer. But her career ended before it began, and Mali's father offered Starr a second chance by giving her top billing as singer for his popular jazz band's latest show. Mali isn't surprised when Starr doesn't show — but everyone is shocked when the troubled woman is found savagely murdered....
The prime suspect is a low-life pimp with a grudge against Starr. But then the pimp stops a bullet — and everyone suspects Starr's devastated father of exacting his own revenge. Mali vows to use her experience as a former cop to find the real killer. Her search will take her in and out of the "three B's" of Harlem: the beauty shops, barbershops, and the bars. But it will also lead Mali directly into the path of a killer — one who, if not stopped, will almost surely strike again....
About the Author
Grace F Edwards was born and raised in Harlem. Her fir
"[A] sharp-edged, appealing heroine."
— Publishers Weekly
"What Grace Edwards does so well ... is to root us firmly and quickly in her Harlem setting."
— Chicago Tribune
"A thought-provoking mystery ... in which the obvious suspect could not have done the crime."
— The Midwest Book Review
"Edwards is a real magician, conjuring up a working-class Harlem neighborhood and its rich blend of citizens with warmth and humor."
— Booknews from The Poisoned Pen
Don't miss Grace Edwards's other Mali Anderson mysteries:
No Time to Die
A Toast Before Dying
If I Should Die
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