This week’s BotW is Black Rubber Dress by Lauren Henderson. These days she’s better known as Rebecca Chance, best-selling author of glamourous, sexy thrillers, but back in the 90s she wrote the Sam Jones series of mysteries about a sculptor in Camden. They’re currently being republished by Fahrenheit Press (more on that later) and have come into my orbit. Black Rubber Dress is the first of them to reappear.
Sam’s just made a big piece for a London bank. But soon after the unveiling a body is found underneath it. Determined to prove that it wasn’t her fault, she gets caught up in a web of intrigue, blackmail and Banking. There’s stockbrokers, anorexic rich girls, trust funds, fraud and much, much more. Sam is smart, wise-cracking and no holds barred. She knows what she wants, and she’s going to get it. Her life is nothing like mine and if put in some of the situations she’s in I would curl up and cry, but reading the book I really wanted to be her. I already have the second book underway.
It’s also quite fun to read and realise that a book written and set in the 90s is now a period piece – Sam has an answering machine not a mobile, there’s no talk of the internet and Camden is much seedier than than it is now. It’s also a little traumatic – because I can remember life being like that too!
Start your Sam Jones obsession with Black Rubber Dress – it’s currently yoyoing between 99p and £1.99 on Kindle. And when you get hooked, you might want to consider Fahrenheit Press’s Book Club – until the end of January for £36/$60/€50 you can get every book they publish this year. I treated myself as a birthday present to myself (yes, another one) and the first to pop into my inbox was Freeze My Margarita – the next Sam Jones book…