Death by Dancing: a 1930s Cozy Murder Mystery

Death by Dancing: a 1930s Cozy Murder Mystery

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Death's a jig!

A Dance Marathon in the North End of Boston in 1932 turns deadly at midnight. Samantha Hawke had entered as an insider reporter for the Boston Daily Record, and quite honestly, as a single mother during the depression, could use the extra cash. She has it better than most, rooming with Dr. Haley Higgins, the city's new Chief Medical Examiner, but she hates the financial imbalance between them, and wants to do her part. 

When Haley Higgins arrives on the scene, she's surprised to find the dead woman is the widow of a man whose body still lay in the cold cabinets of her morgue. She has reasons to believe the man's death wasn't natural, and now, with his wife having succumbed to the same symptoms, her convictions of foul play are stronger than ever.

Sam and Haley work together to determine which contestants in the dancing contest had means, motive, and opportunity. And most of all, how to keep the killer from striking again.


A spin off from the acclaimed Ginger Gold Mystery series, this clever, feisty, depression-era whodunit readers call "serious and suspenseful" and "entertaining mystery series" will keep you turning pages until the surprising yet satisfying end.

The Higgins & Hawke Mystery series

Death at the Tavern (Book 1)

Death on the Tower (Book 2)

Death on Hanover (Book 3)

Death by Dancing (Book 4)


Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.For fans of Rhys Bowen, Jaqueline Winspear, Beth Byers, Faith Martin, Betty Rowland, and Rizzoli and Isles.

Hop aboard the 1920s!


Murder on the SS Rosa (Book 1)

Murder at Hartigan House (Book 2)

Murder at Bray Manor (Book 3)

Murder at Feathers & Flair (Book 4)

Murder at the Mortuary (Book 5)

Murder at Kensington Gardens (Book 6)

Murder at st. George's Church (Book 7)

The Wedding of Ginger & Basil (Book 7.5)

Murder Aboard the Flying Scotsman (Book 8)

Murder at the Boat Club (Book 9)

Murder on Eaton Square (Book 10)

Murder by Plum Pudding (Book 11)

Murder on Fleet Street (Book 12)

Murder at Brighton Beach (Book 13)

Murder at Hyde Park (Book 14)

Murder at Royal Albert Hall (Book 15)

~more on the way!

A brand new 1950s series!


Murder at High Tide (Book 1)

Murder on the Boardwalk (Book 2)

Murder at the Bomb Shelter (Book 3)

Murder on Location (Book 4)

Murder and Rock 'n Roll (Book 5)

Murder at the Races (Book 6)

Murder at the Dude Ranch (Book 7)

Murder in London (Book 8)

Release date: December 7, 2021

Publisher: La Plume Press

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