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Angela Henry’s The Paris Secret



Angela Henry’s The Paris Secret (Carina Press) is engaging entertainment, fluidly written, bright, airtight, and moves at a brisk pace. Henry (www.angelahenry.com), ace author of the hit series of Kendra Clayton mysteries, has shown with her novels The Company You Keep, Tangled Roots, Diva’s Last Curtain Call, Schooled In Lies and Sly, Slick & Wicked, a handful of deftly crafted whodunits, that she’s brilliant at breathing fresh life in the old art form.  


Her recipe for real good reading: start with a clearly drawn main character, toss her in a pot of deadly circumstance, then stir in twists and turns of completely unexpected events, each more interesting than the one before. In fact, Maya Sinclair, the daring, if not quite dauntless protagonist of The Paris Secret could be Kendra’s cousin. She’s a bit more on the ball, but they’re both mule-headed, neither has much luck with boyfriends, and each attract trouble like a magnet, haplessly stumbling through pitfalls landing on her feet with more lives than a cat. Continue Reading →

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Angela Henry is queen of the sleuth novelists


Mystery novelist Angela Henry (www.angelahenry.com) is about the freshest breath of air you’re likely come by in terms of light reading for a black audience.  None of that soft porn you constantly get as romance, or the pot-boiling dead-end of inept mystery writers.  Her thing, indeed, is deft whodunits with a nice dose of humor and a smidgen or so of romance.  It’s a great combination for the misadventures of Henry’s infinitely likable heroine Kendra Clayton, restaurant hostess, remedial ed instructor and — always sticking her nose in where it doesn’t belong — an amateur sleuth who keeps scooping the very irritated cops. Clayton blithely goes from book to book in the delightfully upbeat series, making the most of small town life, an ice-cream gobbling hole in her love life and at least the satisfaction of being a damned good detective — albeit more in a Jim Rockford mode than Thomas Magnum. Henry’s titles to date are The Company You Keep, featured in various magazines, including Ebony, Tangled Roots, Diva’s Last Curtain Call, Schooled In Lies and the brand new Sly, Slick & Wicked.  She’s also got the romantic thriller The Paris Secret, not in the Kendra Clayton series and available as an e-book. Angela Henry, born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, received her B.A. in English Literature at Ohio University.  She had her short story “Trick Dice” published in Proverbs For The People: An Anthology Of Contemporary African-American Fiction and awarded honorable mention in Ebony’s 10th annual Gertrude Johnson Williams Writing Contest for her short fiction, “Peaches for Mercy”.  In 2000, Henry founded the award-winning website, MystNoir to promote African-American mystery authors  USA Today.com dubbed it a “Hot Site”, A&E’s Mysteries.com chose it as a site of the week and it’s been featured in Black Issues Book Review. Right after the January release of Sly, Slick & Wicked, Angela Henry (AH)gave the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) an e-mail interview. Continue Reading →

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