“With so much uncertainty, I like being able to make declarative statements so here’s one: The Boy in the Red Dress is my favorite YA of the year. No question. Veronica Mars meets Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Lambert’s debut is a fun, enchanting mystery set in 1930 New Orleans that follows Millie, who helps her aunt run The Cloak and Dagger, a queer speakeasy. On New Year’s Eve, when a young socialite is found dead in the club’s courtyard the police suspect the club’s headliner and Millie’s best friend, the titular character, Marion. And Millie is the only one willing to actually investigate what happened and clear her friend’s name. It was so easy to fall in love with every character, so fully-realized, each with their own hopes and dreams and flaws, that with every scene I found myself hoping each new suspect wasn’t the murderer. With all the glamour and grit of a Baz Luhrman film, Lambert’s novel kept me guessing, kept me luxuriating in the ballrooms and back alleys. I didn’t want to leave.”Cassie, Wellesley Books
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