In 1920, 20-year-old Olivia Brown inherits a beautiful Greenwich Village brownstone, and with her maid Mattie in tow, she moves into the building. The twenties do roar for Olivia, who writes poetry, takes many lovers, frequents speakeasies and joins the Provincetown Players. Shes never even lonely for she has a permanent tenant, Henry Melville, a private eye.
One evening, Olivia literally trips over the corpse of a young woman whose throat has been slit. Most shocking of all, the dead girl resembles Olivia. Olivia believes she may have been the intended target for she begins receiving terrifying packages. Things become more mysterious when its revealed that the dead woman wasn't a woman at all. Although Olivia is horrified, she is determined, with the help of Henry Melville, to get to the bottom of things.
Capturing the sights, sounds, and spirit of the twenties, Free Love is a diverting tale of murder and mayhem. Loosely based on the life and times of Edna St. Vincent Millay, this is the first in the series. (Jan., 336 pp., $6.99—Hardcover published October 1999)