Susanna Calkins and Lori Rader-Day in conversation (Crowdcast event)

We are celebrating the release of Susanna Calkins' new mystery, The Fate of a Flapper, the second mystery in a captivating new series. Calkins takes her readers into the dark, dangerous, and glittering underworld of a 1920's Chicago speakeasy. She will be in conversation with fellow mystery writer Lori Rader-Day, talking about historical research and the genesis of this new book as well as writing advice and book recommendations.  Attendees will have a chance to win a Book Stall giftcard and the authors' new books! Everyone present will be automatically entered into the drawing!

This virtual event is open to the public. Reserve your spot by emailing events@thebookstall.com.

Susanna will be happy to personalize her books for purchasers. You can add your signature request to the "comments" section of your online order, or purchase books over the phone by calling us at 847-446-8979 from 11:00 am -- 3:00 pm Monday through Saturday

Susanna Calkins, author of the award-winning Lucy Campion series and the Speakeasy Mysteries, holds a PhD in history and teaches at the college level. Her historical mysteries have been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark and Agatha awards, among many others, and The Masque of a Murderer received a Macavity. Originally from Philadelphia, Calkins now lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two sons.

Special Guest Star Lori Rader-Day is the author of The Lucky One, Under a Dark SkyThe Day I DiedLittle Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. She is a three-time Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee, winning the award in 2016. Lori lives in Chicago.

About The Fate of a Flapper: After nine months as a cigarette girl at the Third Door, one of Chicago's premier moonshine parlors, Gina Ricci feels like she's finally getting into the swing of things. The year is 1929, the Chicago Cubs are almost in the World Series, neighborhood gangs are all-powerful, and though Prohibition is the law of the land, the Third Door can't serve the cocktails fast enough.

Two women in particular are throwing drinks back with abandon while chatting up a couple of bankers, and Gina can't help but notice the levels of inebriation and the tension at their table. When the group stumbles out in the early morning, she tries to put them out of her head. But once at home that night, Gina's sleep is interrupted when her cousin Nancy, a police officer, calls--she's found a body. Gina hurries over to photograph the crime scene, but stops short when she recognizes the body: it's one of the women from the night before.

Could the Third Door have served the woman bad liquor? Or, Gina wonders, could this be murder? As the gangs and bombings draw ever closer, all of Chicago starts to feel like a warzone, and Gina is determined to find out if this death was an unlucky accident, or a casualty of combat.

Event date: 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

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Online Crowdcast event!
The Fate of a Flapper: A Mystery (The Speakeasy Murders #2) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250190857
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Minotaur Books - July 28th, 2020

The Fate of a Flapper, the second mystery in this captivating new series, takes readers into the dark, dangerous, and glittering underworld of a 1920's Chicago speakeasy.

A 2019 Agatha Award Nominee for "Best Historical Mystery"!


Murder Knocks Twice: A Mystery (The Speakeasy Murders #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250190833
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Minotaur Books - April 30th, 2019

The first mystery in Susanna Calkins’ captivating new series takes readers into the dark, dangerous, and glittering underworld of a 1920s Chicago speakeasy.


The Lucky One: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062938077
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 18th, 2020

“This might well be my favorite Rader-Day so far: a brilliant premise intriguingly developed, totally believable characters and a climax that took my breath away.”  — Ann Cleeves, New York Times bestselling author of The Shetland and Vera Series