• Harlem Sunset

  • A Harlem Renaissance Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Nekesa Afia
  • Narrated by: Shayna Small
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Named a 2022 People Magazine best book of the summer!

A riveting Harlem Renaissance Mystery featuring Louise Lloyd, a young Black woman working in a hot new speakeasy when she gets caught up in a murder that hits too close to home...


Harlem, 1927. Twenty-seven-year-old Louise Lloyd has found the perfect job! She is the new manager of the Dove, a club owned by her close friend Rafael Moreno. There Louise meets Nora Davies, one of the girls she was kidnapped with a decade ago. The two women—along with Rafael and his sister, Louise’s girlfriend, Rosa Maria—spend the night at the Dove, drinking and talking. The next morning, Rosa Maria wakes up covered in blood, with no memory of the previous night. Nora is lying dead in the middle of the dance floor. 

Louise knows Rosa Maria couldn’t have killed Nora, but the police have a hard time believing that no one can remember anything at all about what happened. When Louise and Rosa Maria return to their apartment after being questioned by the police, they find the word GUILTY written across the living room wall in paint that looks a lot like blood. Someone has gone to great lengths to frame and terrify Rosa Maria, and Louise will stop at nothing to clear the woman she loves.

©2022 Nekesa Afia (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Just a So So read for me...

Storyline, characters, no depth created for either. One dimensional, surface level. Relationships could have been more fully developed. Both books together came up short for me.

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LOVED IT.

I loved the rich tone of both installments,the story and the performance. It was like watching an old black and white film.
I hope it's not the last we see of Louise Lovey Lloyd 😘