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Miss Aldridge Regrets

Louise Hare



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01 May 2022
'Charming characters, a cross-Atlantic setting, jazz, cocktails, sex and a brilliant murder mystery. You couldn't ask for more! I loved it' Harriet Tyce

'This is a cracker. A thoroughly absorbing and thought-provoking historical crime novel that oozes glamour' Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Last Act of Love 'A fabulous Christie-esque mystery. Brilliantly written, so evocative, and keeps you guessing all the way through' Charlotte Levin, If I Can't Have You

'An engrossing read' Guardian

'Glamour and grit combine in this smartly plotted, wonderfully atmospheric historical murder mystery, with a heroine I won't forget. I loved it' Frances Quinn, The Smallest Man

London, 1936

Lena Aldridge is wondering if life has passed her by. The dazzling theatre career she hoped for hasn't worked out. Instead, she's stuck singing in a sticky-floored basement club in Soho and her married lover has just left her. She has nothing to look forward to until a stranger offers her the chance of a lifetime: a starring role on Broadway and a first-class ticket on the Queen Mary bound for New York.

After a murder at the club, the timing couldn't be better and Lena jumps at the chance to escape England. Until death follows her onto the ship and she realises that her greatest performance has already begun.

Because someone is making manoeuvres behind the scenes, and there's only one thing on their mind...


Miss Aldridge Regrets is the exquisite new novel from Louise Hare. A brilliant murder mystery, it also explores class, race and pre-WWII politics, and will leave readers reeling from the beauty and power of it.


'Giving off the best Agatha Christie vibes but also compelling issues of race and identity . . . Keeps you guessing until the end' Julie Owen Moylan, The Green Eyed Girl

'A sublimely told murder mystery which oozes class in every sense. Fully deserves the Christie comparisons' Trevor Wood, The Man on the Street

Clever, evocative and immersive. Smart plotting and a compelling heroine will keep you turning the pages at speed' Adele Parks, Platinum
Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   570g
ISBN:   9780008332624
ISBN 10:   0008332622
Pages:   400
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Louise Hare is a London-based writer and has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London. Originally from Warrington, the capital is the inspiration for much of her work, including This Lovely City, which began life after a trip into the deep level shelter below Clapham Common.

Reviews for Miss Aldridge Regrets

Praise for Louise Hare 'Superb . . . compelling storytelling, beautifully drawn characters and atmosphere that's deeply immersive' Harriet Tyce, bestselling author of Blood Orange 'A beguiling, atmospheric and important novel, with wonderful, memorable characters and a vital message about love, loyalty and hope' Caroline Lea, author of The Glass Woman 'A story about solidarity and love but above all hope' Zoella 'Not just twisty and compelling; it's an honest and, at times, brutal exploration of the prejudices that continue to haunt the lives of many. The writing is wonderful; London's energy runs right through it; the characters leap off the page. I was truly sad to leave them behind' Adam Kay, Observer 'Hopeful and inspiring'' Abi Dare, Observer 'Hare's enthralling novel pulls off the rare trick of being a clever murder mystery, an evocative portrayal of Windrush London and a genuinely touching love story' i 'Full to the brim with such complete joys and heart-aching tragedies ... you can feel the warmth and colour emanating from the pages . . . a transporting debut novel with lovable characters and musical depth splattered across the pages' Magic Radio Book Club 'Terrific . . . atmospheric, combustible' Metro 'Mistress of suspense, Hare keeps us guessing to the last page' Daily Mail 'Hare's story is an important one to tell and I feel so grateful to have been given the chance to read it' Daily Record 'Expect to be obsessed . . . [a book] you need to know about' Good Housekeeping 'Atmospheric . . . a mystery with characters you can't help but feel drawn to' Woman 'Poignant and compelling' HELLO! 'With enthralling and poignant storytelling, this [book] is both joyful and heartbreaking' My Weekly 'Heartfelt . . . brimming with nostalgia' Prima

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