Tessa Lunney is a novelist, short fiction writer, reviewer and poet. Her debut novel, April in Paris, 1921, was published by Pegasus Books. Her short fiction has won awards in the USA and Australia, and her work has appeared in Southerly, Griffith Review, Cordite, Best Australian Poems, among others. She holds a Doctorate in Creative Writing on Australian war fiction from Western Sydney University. She lives in Sydney, Australia.
An irresistible debut! Adventurous and whip-smart, Kiki Button is Jazz Age Paris's most dazzling ex-pat. --David Krugler, author of The Dead Don't Bleed Fascinating characters, beautifully written. --Kate Williams, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Queen Victoria An atmospheric, verbose historical novel that foreshadows the next war while reveling in the debauched bohemianism of Paris between the wars. Spying is just part of the excitement. -- Library Journal Button is naughtier than Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher, as strong as Suzanne Arruda's Jade del Cameron, and every bit as clever as Susan Elia MacNeal's Maggie Hope. This thoroughly entertaining, delightfully witty debut is imbued with Paris' unique ambiance and will have readers eagerly awaiting Button's next adventure. -- Booklist (starred) Lunney's vibrant picture of Paris, chock-full of flapper fashion and cameos of the Lost Generation, will leave readers eager for more. -- Publishers Weekly One of those rare debuts that absolutely wowed me. Lunney successfully combines mainstream mystery with spy intrigue, making for an intoxicating concoction, and Kiki is a powerful tour guide. If you like unusual heroines that are the perfect mix of moxie and vulnerability, you can't go wrong with this one. -- Criminal Element What a deliciously decadent story! -- Fresh Fiction Praise for Tessa Lunney's April in Paris, 1921: Kiki Button, Tessa Lunney's main character of her debut April in Paris, 1921, is a gossip columnist-cum-detective who finds herself mixed up in a mystery set against the backdrop of post-WWI Paris. Lunney takes the reader on a breathless, page-turning journey through cafes, streets, and dark alleys of this Bohemian time period, searching for a stolen piece of art. Kiki, who is charming, self-possessed, and sexually free, is readable and fun, a modern woman blazing though the Annees folles no holds barred. --John Copenhaver, award-winning author of Dodging and Burning Tessa Lunney brilliantly evokes the Annees folles of the Roaring Twenties as her heroine Kiki Button traipses through Paris's sensual bohemian culture hunting for a World War I mole and stolen Pablo Picasso painting. --Julie McElwain, author of A Murder in Time and A Twist in Time