The Strange Crimes of Little Africa

The Strange Crimes of Little Africa The Strange Crimes of Little Africa is a historical mystery and follows Jaz Idawell on the vibrant culturally fertile streets of art and literature in the s Harlem Renaissance Idawell an anthro

  • Title: The Strange Crimes of Little Africa
  • Author: Chesya Burke
  • ISBN: 9781941519585
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Strange Crimes of Little Africa is a historical mystery and follows Jaz Idawell on the vibrant, culturally fertile streets of art and literature in the 1920 s Harlem Renaissance Idawell, an anthropology student, stumbles upon the realization that she may have to sacrifice her cousin s freedom when she discovers evidence that her father, the first black traffic cop onThe Strange Crimes of Little Africa is a historical mystery and follows Jaz Idawell on the vibrant, culturally fertile streets of art and literature in the 1920 s Harlem Renaissance Idawell, an anthropology student, stumbles upon the realization that she may have to sacrifice her cousin s freedom when she discovers evidence that her father, the first black traffic cop on the force, may be guilty of murder Best friends with the indelible Zora Neal Hurston, the two women set out to find the truth about their wonderful world of Little Africa Harlem, New York.

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    1. I was blessed enough to get an advanced reader copy of this book. I'm not sure if I was asked for a review but probably. I pretty much review and keep track of the books I read anyway.I LOVED this book. I did not realize it was on good reads and so I did not mark my progress with notes like I would've liked to do for a novel like this. The Harlem in this novel felt tangible and real, it had smell, taste and texture. I'm intensely interested in this time period and area in the US. It was a treasu [...]

    2. It's a bit of a pity this book came out in December since I feel like books that are released this month can't jump on the buzz wagon so easily, with everyone already having delivered their Year's Best lists.Anyway, the concept alone is worth the price of admission. Beyond that, Burke has a knack for creating a sense of time and place which brings Harlem to life with rich elegance. Any mystery or crime fiction reader should pick up this book.

    3. Last month, I learned of a free giveaway offer for Chesya Burke's new novel, Strange Crimes of Little Africa, which will be coming out from Rothco Press on December 1st. I was lucky enough to be one of those who received a no-strings-attached electronic ARC, although in the interests of full disclosure, the publishers did ask after the fact if I would be willing to post a review. Since I do that for almost all the books I read, that's no problem. Strange Crimes of Little Africa is set in 1926, i [...]

    4. A charming book, very difficult to dislike! Interesting setting, cool characters, good plotting, and the pacing is perfect. However, there were LOADS of typos, way more than I've ever come across in a single book--even the main character's name is misspelled on the cover! It was very distracting, a bit like playing a buggy game.

    5. I had only read, well listened, to one other thing by Burke before this one. It was a short story called "I Make People Do Bad Things." I loved the setting during the Harlem Renaissance with a paranormal feel.She revisits this scenario with her novel here. Jaz is the type of heroine I like: she makes her mistakes, takes her lumps and finds a way to prevail. As the title suggests, the book is set during Harlem's heyday and that atmosphere of a thriving Black community surrounded by outside forces [...]

    6. This was a very enjoyable read, and I highly recommend it if you love detective stories (especially noire). The book engages openly and honestly with police corruption and race relations in 1920s Harlem, and the story is absolutely stronger for that. Lots of excitement and mystery throughout, and the story is thrilling right to the end.As a note: the book is in need of a copy editor, so if word choice and grammatical errors affect your enjoyment of a book, be aware going in that they will occur [...]

    7. Though some minor layout issues and spelling errors kept knocking me out of the story, it was a real treat to step into Harlem of the 1920s and follow Ida as she investigates a thorny -- and personal -- mystery. Lots of familiar names of the period, enough that I also stopped every few pages to refresh my memory of some of the historical significance. If this is going to be a series, I'll definitely read more.

    8. After her exellent collection LET'S PLAY WHITE, this is not the book I expected, but I really enjoyed it even though it is not the kind of book I normally read. Would love to see more of Jaz. Highly recommended.

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