Title The Vine That Ate The Starlet
Author Madeleine Swann
Genre Mystery, Sci-Fi, Weird Fiction
Page Length 82
Publication Date 27 September 2020
Publisher Filthy Loot
Read Date Oct 2020
In New York, 1923, Dolly is a gossip columnist in a world overrun by man-eating plants.
She lives a life of glitz, glamor, and blackmail. That is until she finds a guest at a party dead – half-eaten by the deadly Vines. The girl’s death leads her into a conspiracy of doomed starlets, shady PR Agencies, and an overzealous Immigration Bureau.
This book smells of cigarettes, gin, and expensive perfumes… I imagine. I’m struggling to write anything that hasn’t already been said by other reviewers. This world of extroversion and gossip isn’t really for me and I don’t think I was able to get on the side of any of the characters, although I did find some appeal to the golden 20s era, and the weird sci-fi vibes and fun little mystery kept me engaged. It’s plenty quirky and Swann does an amazing job of painting a vivid scene with her words. A quick and fun read.
Anyway, I’m off to cut down the vines in the garden. Until next time, peace and love!