Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Book Spotlight: The Wife, The Maid & The Mistress by Ariel Lawhorn

Last February, I read The Wife, The Maid & The Mistress by Ariel Lawhorn when it was selected as the monthly book club pick for She Reads and I really enjoyed it! You can find my thoughts on the book here as well as see what the hardcover edition looked like. Yesterday the book was released in paperback with a sassy new cover. I don't know about you, but I am loving this new cover!!!

A tantalizing reimagining of a scandalous mystery that rocked the nation in 1930-Justice Joseph Crater's infamous disappearance-as seen through the eyes of the three women who knew him best.

They say behind every great man, there's a woman. In this case, there are three. Stella Crater, the judge's wife, is the picture of propriety draped in long pearls and the latest Chanel. Ritzi, a leggy showgirl with Broadway aspirations, thinks moonlighting in the judge's bed is the quickest way off the chorus line. Maria Simon, the dutiful maid, has the judge to thank for her husband's recent promotion to detective in the NYPD. Meanwhile, Crater is equally indebted to Tammany Hall leaders and the city's most notorious gangster, Owney "The Killer" Madden.

On a sultry summer night, as rumors circulate about the judge's involvement in wide-scale political corruption, the Honorable Joseph Crater steps into a cab and disappears without a trace. Or does he?

After 39 years of necessary duplicity, Stella Crater is finally ready to reveal what she knows. Sliding into a plush leather banquette at Club Abbey, the site of many absinthe-soaked affairs and the judge's favorite watering hole back in the day, Stella orders two whiskeys on the rocks-one for her and one in honor of her missing husband. Stirring the ice cubes in the lowball glass, Stella begins to tell a tale-of greed, lust, and deceit. As the novel unfolds and the women slyly break out of their prescribed roles, it becomes clear that each knows more than she has initially let on.

With a layered intensity and prose as effervescent as the bubbly that flows every night, The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress is a wickedly entertaining historical mystery that will transport readers to a bygone era with tipsy spins through subterranean jazz clubs and backstage dressing rooms. But beneath the Art Deco skyline and amid the intoxicating smell of smoke and whiskey, the question of why Judge Crater disappeared lingers seductively until a twist in the very last pages.

The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon is one of the She Reads "Books of Fall" reading selection picks.
Head over to the She Reads website to read reviews and related posts of this book, as well as to see what the other "Books of Fall" are.



  1. I adore the cover! Quirky and fun--it stands out!

  2. I love the new cover design. So much so, that I may just have to buy a second copy so that I can have both versions on my shelf :)

    1. I know...I'm thinking about doing the same thing!

  3. I saw this cover yesterday, can't remember where, maybe She Reads email. I was drawn by it but not enough to want to read the book, however I am off to read your review.

    1. Back again, this cover is so much better! Funnily enough when I saw the cover I thought they were three aspects of the one person! However now reading the blurb and your review, I think this sounds like an interesting read.

    2. It's a great read and based on history, which makes it that much more intriguing!


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