LOOSE LIPS COST LIVES.
It’s 1986, and Adam Cave, lead singer of sensational pop group Loose Lips, is struggling to stay in the closet, especially as his group is going through a messy split, and media speculation about the reasons behind it are rife.
Joe Stone is assigned to Adam as a runner for the behind-the-scenes, warts and all expose of the recording of the bands last album, and an unlikely friendship begins to form.
But when Adam’s manager, Jack Eddy, is found dead in Adam’s hotel room, in what looks like a sex game gone wrong, Joe turns to his flatmate, Russell, to help him clear the pop star’s name, and keep his secret.
Russell, meanwhile, has a secret of his own. He’s just been for a test, the results of which may change his life forever.
T.S. Hunter has done it again with another great installment in the Soho Noir series! When I saw the cover reveal for Careless Whisper during the Who’s That Girl? blog tour, I was immediately pulled in by the vibrant color and design and I just knew the writing would go along perfectly with it. Special thank you to Dylan at Red Dog Press for the blog tour invitation and my ebook copy!
As soon as I opened this book, I was once again transported back to 80s London with Joe and Russell, both of whom feel like old friends. Though I’ve never been to London myself (or anywhere in the 80s for that matter), I’ve never had trouble connecting with these two and following along in their world. I just hope we get to see more of the drag shows at the Red Lion in the next book – Paul and Scott are some of my favorite secondary characters so of course I’d love to see more of Patty and Miss Terri!
T.S. Hunter’s delicate and sensitive handling of Russell’s HIV testing is another testament to Hunter’s writing. Though I was born after the HIV crisis, the tense moments with Russell at the clinic and his anxiety in the days to come really pulled me into what was a near-daily experience in 80s Soho. Despite all the flair and fun of drag shows, clubs, and bars, the threat of HIV was an insidious undercurrent throughout Soho nightlife. These cozy crime novels don’t necessarily focus on this crisis, but Hunter’s ability to weave it into the story makes Joe and Russell’s on-page lives seem that much more real.
I will end my review here to avoid spoilers, but trust me – you’ll want to pick up Careless Whisper, even if you haven’t read the other Soho Noir novels. But really, you should get the others, too! They’re a great read and I have full confidence that the rest of the series will be just as enjoyable.
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