Fortune Favors the Dead

Fortune Favors the Dead

Introducing Pentecost and Parker, two unconventional female detectives who couldn’t care less about playing by the rules, in their cases and in their lives.

It's 1942 and Willowjean "Will" Parker is a scrappy circus runaway whose knife-throwing skills have just saved the life of New York's best, and most unorthodox, private investigator, Lillian Pentecost. When the dapper detective summons Will a few days later, she doesn't expect to be offered a life-changing proposition: Lillian's multiple sclerosis means she can't keep up with her old case load alone, so she wants to hire Will to be her right-hand woman. In return, Will will receive a salary, room and board, and training in Lillian's very particular art of investigation.

Three years later, Will and Lillian are on the Collins case: Abigail Collins was found bludgeoned to death with a crystal ball following a big, boozy Halloween party at her home--her body slumped in the same chair where her steel magnate husband shot himself the year before. With rumors flying that Abigail was bumped off by the vengeful spirit of her husband (who else could have gotten inside the locked room?), the family has tasked the detectives with finding answers where the police have failed. But that's easier said than done in a case that involves messages from the dead, a seductive spiritualist, and Becca Collins--the beautiful daughter of the deceased, who Will quickly starts falling for. When Will and Becca's relationship dances beyond the professional, Will finds herself in dangerous territory, and discovers she may have become the murderer's next target.

A wildly charming and fast-paced mystery written with all the panache of 1940s New York, Fortune Favors the Dead is a fresh homage to Holmes and Watson reads like the best of Dashiell Hammett and introduces an audacious detective duo for the ages.

Title:Fortune Favors the Dead
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780385546553
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    Fortune Favors the Dead Reviews

  • Paromjit

    Set during the final years of WW2 in New York, Stephen Spotswood writes the first of a delightful historical murder mystery series featuring the famous female PI, Lillian Pentecost, with her detective...

  • Sunny

    AN ABSOLUTE FUCKING DELIGHT I DEVOURED THIS BOOK ...

  • Miriam Smith (A Mother?s Musings)

    “Fortune Favours the Dead” is a brand new exciting historical crime series from award-winning playwright and journalist Stephen Spotswood. Featuring Ms Lilian Pentecost and Miss WillowJean Parker ...

  • Gail C.

    This is the first in a proposed new mystery series that defines further genre identification. It has a strong female protagonist, and indeed some issues regarding equality for women running through it...

  • Lou

    Fortune Favours the Dead is the first instalment in the Pentecost and Parker Murder Mystery series, featuring Private Investigator Lillian Pentecost, who runs her own detective agency, alongside her a...

  • Maine Colonial

    I received a free advance review copy from the publisher, via Netgalley.In his first mystery novel, Spotswood imagines that two of New York’s finest private investigators in 1946 are Lillian Penteco...

  • Rachel Hall

    Patchy period detail and an uninspiring plot let down a promising gender bending PI team.Fortune Favours the Dead is an offbeat homage to hard-boiled American crime fiction and introduces a promising ...

  • Meg

    4.5 ⭐️’s! The story started out good and kept getting better with a payoff that was incredibly satisfying and kept the door open for so much more! Was it Sherlock and Moriarty? Kinda, but more o...

  • Samantha

    I’m not sure I’ve ever wanted anything as badly as I want to be best friends with Will Parker. This book is about as close to perfect as it gets, and a huge part of that is the outstanding Miss Wi...

  • Lata

    This was fantastic! The energy, and dare I say it, the pluck, of main character Willowjean Parker shines through this narrative of her and her older partner and friend Lillian Pentecost. Willowjean wo...