I like detective stories, and I’d say that Curtain Call, set in 1930s London, is a better than average book in the genre. It starts off with four chapters from the points of view of the four main characters, which perhaps isn’t the easiest lead in, but Quinn creates compelling people who’s stories and links I wanted to unravel.
The book follows actress Nina Land, fading older reviewer Jimmy Erskine, his assistant Tom Tunner and society portrait artist Stephen. They are drawn together with Madeline, good girl turned prostitute who is threatened by a serial killer whose face she has seen.
The book creates a lively setting, taking you deep into London theatre society while avoiding too many stereotypes. Relationships develop and are smashed apart as the plot builds to a climax. Not everyone gets a happy ending, nor perhaps the ending they deserve, but the killer is caught in a dramatic finale.
A satisfying read.