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Rhode Island Red

Charlotte Carter

4 Reviews

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Crime & mystery

The first book in an undiscovered, jazz-infused gem of 1990s crime fiction, starring the deeply charismatic Nanette Hayes.

**A New York Times Best Mystery Novel of the Year**

'This year's most original fictional detective - a sassy, black intellectual and saxophonist who is plunged into mayhem when an undercover cop gets killed in her apartment' Good Housekeeping on Rhode Island Red

The first book in the Nanette Hayes series introduces us to New Yorker and jazz-loving street musician Nanette, whose love life leads her into some very hot water.

Nanette's day is not off to a good start. Her on-again, off-again relationship with Walter is off. . . again, and when she offers a fellow busker a place to stay for the night he ends up murdered on her kitchen floor. To make matters worse, the busker turns out to have been an undercover cop. And his former partner has taken an immediate and extreme dislike to Nanette. When she finds that the dead man stashed a wad of cash in her apartment, cash that could go to help his blind girlfriend, Nanette's desire to do the right thing lands her in trouble.

Soon she's on the hunt for a legendary saxophone worth its weight in gold. But there are plenty of people who would kill for the priceless instrument, and Nanette's new beau just might be one of them.

Originally published in the 1990s, this stylish piece of noir is an original and page-turning read starring an unforgettable heroine.

PRAISE FOR THE NANETTE HAYES MYSTERIES:

'The sweet, clear sound of Nanette's musical voice keeps us on her corner, tossing all the change we've got' The New York Times on Rhode Island Red

'This Grace Jones lookalike with a degree in French is a splendid creation' Sunday Telegraph

'A terrific novel, from those witty, subversive opening sentences, to the edgy, melancholy and very satisfying ending' Margo Jefferson, author of Negroland

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Praise for Rhode Island Red

  • 'Nanette Hayes may be the most charismatic crime-fiction heroine to appear in the last decade' - Booklist

  • 'This Grace Jones lookalike with a degree in French is a splendid creation' - Sunday Telegraph

  • 'The sweet, clear sound of Nanette's musical voice keeps us on her corner, tossing all the change we've got' - The New York Times on Rhode Island Red

  • 'This year's most original fictional detective - a sassy, black intellectual and saxophonist who is plunged into mayhem when an undercover cop gets killed in her apartment' - Good Housekeeping on Rhode Island Red

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Charlotte Carter

CHARLOTTE CARTER is the author of an acclaimed mystery series featuring Nanette Hayes, a young Black American jazz musician with a lust for life and a talent for crime-solving, and the Cook County mystery series, set in Chicago during the 1960s. She edited these books before they were reissued and is still writing new books today.

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