A Moment in Crime (Hardcover)

A Santa Fe Revival Mystery

By Amanda Allen

Crooked Lane Books, 9781683318811, 288pp.

Publication Date: December 11, 2018

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Fans of Rhys Bowen will be abuzz over Amanda Allen’s second installment in her bold Santa Fe Revival mysteries.

The on-set murder of a famous Jazz Age film director unearths a hornet’s nest of passion, duplicity, naked ambition, and bitter revenge.

The golden age of cinema is dawning, and Santa Fe is in the grip of movie fever when director Luther Bishop arrives for the filming of his new cowboy flick. Maddie Vaughn-Alwin’s cousin Gwen Astor is in town with a bit part in the movie—but Gwen finds herself caught in a whirlwind of mischief before shooting even begins. But the plot only thickens when the detestable director is found hanging in his office.

When it comes to light that Gwen was having a torrid affair with Luther, she gets pegged as the prime suspect, much to Maddie’s dismay. But Maddie, quick on her feet with ever the keen eye knows that Luther had his fair share of enemies, and there’s no shortage of contenders. Luther’s widowed wife Bridget finally assumes her late husband’s most-coveted director’s chair, head of wardrobe Lorelei Fontaine is bitterly denied a role by Luther she was once promised, and original leading man Harry Kelly was summarily fired by Luther just upon arriving at Santa Fe.

Desperate to prove Gwen’s innocence, Maddie begins an investigation, but every clue reveals another motive—and could point to another murder—in A Moment in Crime, the second engaging whodunit in Amanda Allen’s enchanting Santa Fe Revival mysteries.

About the Author

Amanda Allen is the pseudonym for an award-winning, multi-published author. A history junkie since she first read Jane Eyre at age 10, she loves spending her days lost in other time periods. When not reading or writing, she loves yoga, dance classes, watching too much HGTV, and online shoe shopping. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, and she lives in Santa Fe, NM with her lovely husband, a spoiled dog, and bossy cat.

Praise For A Moment in Crime: A Santa Fe Revival Mystery

Praise for A Moment in Crime:
“Allen perfectly captures the serene enchantment of Santa Fe. Her gutsy heroine has plenty to work with in a mystery that keeps you guessing to the end.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A satisfying read for Maddie fans; it’s also a good bet to give fans of Jessica Fellowes’ The Mitford Murders (2018).”

“Readers will appreciate Allen’s likable group of characters, acute attention to historical details, and cameos of such real-life celebrities as poet Alice Henderson and her artist husband, William Henderson. Fans will be eager for Maddie’s next adventure.”
Publishers Weekly

“Maddie remains an interesting character.”
Historical Novels Review

Praise for Santa Fe Mourning:
“Auspicious...Readers will want to see more of the appealing Maddie, whose next adventure is hinted at in the epilogue.”
Publishers Weekly

"Allen’s re-creation of 1920s language, dress, and clashing norms helps create an immersive whodunit, and Maddie is sure to become a beloved heroine."

" Spoiled NY Flapper meets the Wild West—what could be more delightful?”
—Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of the Royal Spyness and Molly Murphy mysteries and #1 Kindle bestseller of In Farleigh Field

Engrossing...With evocative descriptions and captivating historical detail, Amanda Allen paints a vivid picture of post-WWI Santa Fe and weaves a mystery that is sure to keep you guessing until the end!”
—Ashley Weaver, author of the Edgar Finalist Murder at the Brightwell

“For fans of Miss Fisher’s Murder mysteries...A mystery with the tang of bootleg hooch and the sharp bite of poison.”
—Kate Parker, author of the Deadly Series and the Victorian Bookshop mysteries