It is late winter 1934 in Manhattan when DeeDee Carlson dies after falling from the balcony of her apartment at the Ansonia. Her boyfriend, Chip Stevenson, begs Honoria Barlow-his late mother's closest friend, and his, as well-to look into the circumstances of DeeDee's death.
Honoria insists that her experience as a script doctor doesn't qualify her to play gumshoe, but out of love for Chip, and against the wishes of her protective, Russian-born husband, Mikhail, she agrees to do a little sleuthing. This commitment takes Honoria and her assistant, Maybelle, into some of New York's most elegant dwellings where they meet the dead girl's mother and friends. Some of DeeDee's friends adored her; some loathed her. The young woman had many secrets, and as Honoria begins to uncover them, the situation turns as dangerous as the murderously cold weather.
With homeless families living in a Hooverville in Central Park, and the popular radio shows, restaurants, nightclubs, and shops, the era is meticulously reproduced; it's black and white, like a film that's the end-product of one of Honoria's doctored scripts. It's Manhattan; it's a clever, unique woman working her way through a puzzle; and, ultimately, it's a matter of whether Honoria will survive the experience.
The Midwest Book Review
In late winter 1934, in Manhattan, DeeDee Carlson dies after falling from the balcony of her apartment at the Ansonia. Her boyfriend, Chip Stevenson, begs Honoria Barlow to look into the circumstances of DeeDee's death. Honoria agrees to do a little sleuthing--and the situation turns as dagerous as the murderously cold weather. With homeless families living in a Hooverville in Central Park, and the popular radio shows, restaurants, nightclubs, and shops, the era is meticulously reproduced by author Charlotte Vale-Allen. Mood Indigo has all the appeal of the best of the film noir movies of that era. This a perfect novel for that "theatre of the mind" experience so sought after by the reader, and so rarely well delivered by an author!
It's 1934 and "script doctor" Honoria Barlow, the darling of all who meet her, is racing deadlines while pondering the lifestyle of her mysterious Russian husband. When her belowed "nephew" Chip Stevenson is accused of murdering his fiancee, Honoria and her trusted secretary Maybelle leap to his aid and end up trying to unravel the unexplained death. Was it suicide or murder? Vale-Allen has captured the speech, the music and the daily events of the times while plotting a credible but sad tale.
... In Honoria, veteran novelist Allen (Claudia's Shadow, 1996) has created a charming character whose gentle attempts to promote feminism and alleviate racism add unexpected attractions to an already winning tale.
The Advocate & Greenwich Time, Stamford, Connecticut
... Mystery lovers will happily lose themselves in Allen's absorbing storytelling style. The glimpses of Depression-era New York City (the nightclubs, radio shows, and the Hooverville shacks in Central Park) transport readers far away from the computer age. With its rickly layered plot and witty, down-to-earth characters, Mood Indigo satisfies on all counts.
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