Black Orchid Blues: A Lanie Price Mystery


“Remarkable … Imagine the richly provocative atmosphere of Walter Mosley or James Ellroy’s best period work, and a savvy, truly likable heroine, and you have Black Orchid Blues.” —Jason Starr

“Black Orchid Blues is a terrific read. Persia Walker has written a smart and soulful historical mystery brimming with memorable characters and plot twists. Readers will find her book a journey back in time they won’t want to end.” —Gar Anthony Haywood

“[Walker] blends taut prose, memorable characters, and a strong creation of setting to craft a terrific historical mystery. I want to hear more from Walker and her winning lead, Lanie Price. —Alafair Burke

“Black Orchid Blues is that rare mystery novel: both a smart and sophisticated take on the Harlem Renaissance and an unblinking exploration into its sometimes violent and often tragic underbelly. Walker hits all the right notes in this dark blues riff.” —Reed Farrel Coleman

“Black Orchid Blues is a terrific trip through 1920s Harlem, including some of its more extraordinary underworlds. But it’s not sociology, or travelogue. It’s a gripping crime novel with characters who’ll stick with you long after the story ends.” —SJ Rozan