- File Size: 805 KB
- Print Length: 273 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (April 7, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 7, 2014
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GKBIRCG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,987 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author
Motherhood never ends, but kids eventually fly the nest. Delynn has returned to her first love, writing. She has updated editions of her backlist to be available as ebooks and is working on new titles that she hopes will entertain and lighten readers' hearts.
Delynn's latest ebook release is GOODBYE, TOOTSIE, the sequel to IT HAD TO BE YOU, a romantic mystery set in 1920s Manhattan.
Aside from delving into the historical research that inspires her novels, Delynn enjoys classic movies, reading, travel and yoga. She lives with her husband in Pennsylvania.
Readers of light historical romance and mystery can visit Delynn at www.delynnroyer.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Delynn Royer takes readers back to Prohibition era New York in this entertaining historical detective mystery romance.
This book offers the perfect elements for a 1920s whodunit, starting with the murder of a bootlegger and suspects that include a Ziegfeld girl, a sexy widow, gangsters and cops. Enter an eager reporter who's an heiress and a lone wolf cop from Hell's Kitchen. What we get is a murder mystery that surprised me in the end and a fun new romance brewing between opposites that attract.
The end wrapped up the mystery but left me wondering where Trixie and Sean will go from here. Will there be new cases to solve? I'd love to see more of this romantic crime-solving duo.
Enter Sean Costigan, a devilishly handsome black Irish homicide detective, born and raised in Hell's Kitchen. He's definitely a product of his era. Tough, demanding and straight as an arrow. Too bad his department isn't.
Their search for the murderer of a high profile gangster leads them all over the streets of New York, and even to Long Island, where the bootleggers anchor of the shore and do a brisk business.
Ms. Royer weaves in all walks of life from the era. A Zeigfeld girl, a beautiful widow from Sean's old neighborhood, a stuffy, overbearing butler, a street urchin, and a slew of cops and gangsters. A fun trip through a wonderful time period. Well done!
But Trixie gets her chance when a story sorta falls in her lap via a little boy and a business card. A well-known local gangster called Johnny Blue Eyes is dead; the only witness comes to her; and it seems half the police force may be dirty. Who can she trust?
Sean Costigan, of course.
And so the unlikely duo team up, getting on each other's nerves and setting each other's pulses racing at the same time.
I love that the build up between these two is not insta-love, that they form a partnership. The story is not about sex either--there is none. I didn't find this romance predictable in the least. It being the first of a series, we got plenty of time and I like it this way.
I love the heroine. From the moment she sat on her cameraman's shoulders to get a good shot in a roomful of male reporters, I was enamored with the spunky Trixie. She even called the local police force incompetent, wild good-chasing boobs. LOL. And when she's wrong, she admits it. And she doesn't let Sean push her around.
And most of all I enjoyed the humor in this story. I laughed or chuckled more times than I can count and the humor wasn't only Trixie and Sean's parts, but sprinkled throughout the tale in what folks said to each other, under their breath, phone convos, bath-time fiascos...
Lou didn't bother to respond. It was what Carter would have called "rhetorical," and what Lou would have called "Who gives a crap?Read more ›
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Genre: Mystery, Romance
Rating: 4 out 5
New York City, 1924
Determined to pursue her dream of becoming a crime reporter, heiress Trixie Frank believes she’s off to a running start when she lands a job at the most successful tabloid in Manhattan. Unfortunately, her high hopes fade fast when she’s assigned to the rewrite desk.
Sean Costigan is a demoted homicide detective on the commissioner’s blacklist. The last thing he needs complicating his life is a perky debutante with delusions of becoming the next great American journalist. Too bad she happens to hold one of the keys to solving his latest case, the Central Park murder of a notorious gangster. The other key?
Sean’s childhood sweetheart, the victim’s widow, who has gone missing.
Sean soon has more trouble with dames than any good man deserves. But that’s the least of his worries. When he suspects deadly corruption within his own department, it’s not just his and Trixie’s careers that depend on finding the killer. It’s their lives.
It Had to Be You, a finalist for the 2014 NJRW Golden Leaf Award
“This book offers the perfect elements for a 1920s whodunit, starting with the murder of a bootlegger and suspects that include a Ziegfeld girl, a sexy widow, gangsters and cops. Enter an eager reporter who’s an heiress and a lone wolf cop from Hell’s Kitchen. What we get is a murder mystery that surprised me in the end and a fun new romance brewing between opposites that attract.”
“Ms. Royer weaves in all walks of life from the era.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story is a noir mystery set in old-time New York in the era of the Roaring 20's. Trixie Frank is an heiress who doesn't really care about her family's money or status. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mary Magdalene
The author dedicates her book to her father, who took her to movies. That is both touching and telling, because this breezy, well-paced novel reads very much like a script for a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Renorabbit
A good mystery is always one of my favorite books to pick up. The romance in It Had to Be You also drew me in. I loved that the romance was not instant. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Charlotte Lynn
It is the age of prohibition and no one knows who is worse--the bad guys or the bad cops and there are plenty of both in this mystery. Read morePublished 7 months ago by MikiHope
When Trixie chased down her purse snatcher, he turned out to be a 10-year-old street urchin named Danny. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Julie Baswell