Book Review: Murder Knocks Twice by Susanna Calkins @MinotaurBooks @StMartinsPress @scalkins3 #MurderKnocksTwice #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf


PUBLISHER: Minotaur Books

PUBLICATION DATE: April 30th, 2019


Thank you to the publisher Minotaur Books for gifting me a paperback copy of this book to read and review.



Gina Ricci takes on a job as a cigarette girl to earn money for her ailing father–and to prove to herself that she can hold her own at Chicago’s most notorious speakeasy, the Third Door. She’s enchanted by the harsh, glamorous world she discovers: the sleek socialites sipping bootlegged cocktails, the rowdy ex-servicemen playing poker in a curtained back room, the flirtatious jazz pianist and the brooding photographer–all overseen by the club’s imposing owner, Signora Castallazzo. But the staff buzzes with whispers about Gina’s predecessor, who died under mysterious circumstances, and the photographer, Marty, warns her to be careful.

When Marty is brutally murdered, with Gina as the only witness, she’s determined to track down his killer. What secrets did Marty capture on his camera–and who would do anything to destroy it? As Gina searches for answers, she’s pulled deeper into the shadowy truths hiding behind the Third Door.



I enjoyed diving into the world of speakeasies during the 1920s in Chicago. This novel was a nice, light read that explores a big of the past as we are introduced to many characters and employees of the notorious Chicago speakeasy – the Third Door. We get glimpses of the past and what life was like during the 1920s.

We are introduced to a variety of interesting and complex characters – from Gina Ricci who takes on a new job at the speakeasy to make money to help with her ailing father, Marty the photographer, Signora the club owner, and many more. Gina was a friendly and likeable main character and I loved the fact that this book had a female lead.

While reading this book I felt as though I myself were sitting right there with them in the speakeasy, and it felt like I was a part of the whole story. This book was an interesting read from beginning to end, that I quite enjoyed. Who Killed Marty? Why would they want him dead? Will Gina be able to uncover the truth?

Thank you for reading my review. I hope you enjoy the book.


MY RATING: 4/5 stars

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