Monday, April 3, 2023

Monday Moments - Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson

Oh, I love a new Kate Atkinson book - always a treat. Shrines of Gaiety does not disappoint, and once again Atkinson's writing style, word choices,  descriptions, and strong characters are on virtuoso display.

It's 1926 and London has quite the nightlife.  Nellie Coker, fresh out of prison, is back with her six grown children to rule an empire of nightclubs. cover blurb - But success breeds enemies, and Nellie's empire faces threats both from without and within. For beneath the dazzle of Soho's gaiety there is a dark underbelly, a world in which it is all too easy to become lost. 

Follow Ramsay, the dissolute idiot son. Or chapters with Shirley, Betty, and the sharpest one, Edith.  What about Frobisher, the inspector, who is determined  to clean up Soho?  And there's Freda (clever urchin girl) eager to get into show business. Will she avoid being murdered? Sadly, young girls keep being pulled from the Thames. What fiend is afoot?

Atkinson weaves a world of characters into a glittering and dangerous world. Laugh but stay wary.  

And enjoy a fine escape into 1926 London. Sip your cocktail slowly and stay alert. 


  1. Sounds excitingly spicey - a glimpse into the roaring 20's.
    Cheers, Joanne.
    Have a great Easter.

    1. She definitely hits the harsher side of old London. Hope the Easter bunny has treats for you. Cheers

  2. I love Kate Atkinson too, so I'll be on the look out for this one, eventually *stares at actual mountain of unread books*

    1. I hear you in regards to books vs time to read. Kate is worthy