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The dazzling narrator of The Wicked City brings her mesmerizing voice and indomitable spirit to another Jazz Age tale of rumrunners, double crosses, and true love, spanning the Eastern seaboard from Florida to Long Island to Halifax, Nova Scotia. 1924. Ginger Kelly wakes up in tranquil Cocoa Beach, Florida, having fled south to safety in the company of disgraced Prohibition The dazzling narrator of The Wicked City brings her mesmerizing voice and indomitable spirit to another Jazz Age tale of rumrunners, double crosses, and true love, spanning the Eastern seaboard from Florida to Long Island to Halifax, Nova Scotia. 1924. Ginger Kelly wakes up in tranquil Cocoa Beach, Florida, having fled south to safety in the company of disgraced Prohibition agent Oliver Anson Marshall and her newly-orphaned young sister, Patsy. But paradise is short-lived. Marshall is reinstated to the agency with suspicious haste and put to work patrolling for rumrunners on the high seas, from which he promptly disappears. Gin hurries north to rescue him, only to be trapped in an agonizing moral quandary by Marshall’s desperate mother. 1998. Ella Dommerich has finally settled into her new life in Greenwich Village, inside the same apartment where a certain redheaded flapper lived long ago...and continues to make her presence known. Having quit her ethically problematic job at an accounting firm, cut ties with her unfaithful ex-husband, and begun an epic love affair with Hector, her musician neighbor, Ella’s eager to piece together the history of the mysterious Gin Kelly, whose only physical trace is a series of rare vintage photograph cards for which she modeled before she disappeared. Two women, two generations, two urgent quests. But as Ginger and Ella track down their separate quarries with increasing desperation, the mysteries consuming them take on unsettling echoes of each other, and both women will require all their strength and ingenuity to outwit a conspiracy spanning decades.


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The dazzling narrator of The Wicked City brings her mesmerizing voice and indomitable spirit to another Jazz Age tale of rumrunners, double crosses, and true love, spanning the Eastern seaboard from Florida to Long Island to Halifax, Nova Scotia. 1924. Ginger Kelly wakes up in tranquil Cocoa Beach, Florida, having fled south to safety in the company of disgraced Prohibition The dazzling narrator of The Wicked City brings her mesmerizing voice and indomitable spirit to another Jazz Age tale of rumrunners, double crosses, and true love, spanning the Eastern seaboard from Florida to Long Island to Halifax, Nova Scotia. 1924. Ginger Kelly wakes up in tranquil Cocoa Beach, Florida, having fled south to safety in the company of disgraced Prohibition agent Oliver Anson Marshall and her newly-orphaned young sister, Patsy. But paradise is short-lived. Marshall is reinstated to the agency with suspicious haste and put to work patrolling for rumrunners on the high seas, from which he promptly disappears. Gin hurries north to rescue him, only to be trapped in an agonizing moral quandary by Marshall’s desperate mother. 1998. Ella Dommerich has finally settled into her new life in Greenwich Village, inside the same apartment where a certain redheaded flapper lived long ago...and continues to make her presence known. Having quit her ethically problematic job at an accounting firm, cut ties with her unfaithful ex-husband, and begun an epic love affair with Hector, her musician neighbor, Ella’s eager to piece together the history of the mysterious Gin Kelly, whose only physical trace is a series of rare vintage photograph cards for which she modeled before she disappeared. Two women, two generations, two urgent quests. But as Ginger and Ella track down their separate quarries with increasing desperation, the mysteries consuming them take on unsettling echoes of each other, and both women will require all their strength and ingenuity to outwit a conspiracy spanning decades.

30 review for The Wicked Redhead

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    3.5 stars- Assigned- Good, but not great. Be sure to read the first book- The Wicked City- before starting this one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kate Quinn

    Gin Kelly's voice is just delightful. I'm glad there'll be a third book concluding her adventures.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    Beatrix Williams has spun an entertaining story. This is the second book in the wicked City series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, however I do think not having read the first book detracted from my enjoyment a little. I had a hard time getting into the story and I think that’s because I did not know the character’s background. I love feisty female characters, I love books that take place in the 20s, and I love books set in multiple time periods. This book had all three and more. The book Beatrix Williams has spun an entertaining story. This is the second book in the wicked City series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, however I do think not having read the first book detracted from my enjoyment a little. I had a hard time getting into the story and I think that’s because I did not know the character’s background. I love feisty female characters, I love books that take place in the 20s, and I love books set in multiple time periods. This book had all three and more. The book starts in 1924 with Ginger down in Florida having run from danger and tragedy that happened in New York in the previous book. The story than bounces to 1998 and Ella who has just left her husband and is living in an apartment that is situated over the speakeasy where Ginger once worked. Ginger’s presents is still very strong in the building and Ella is intrigued. What follows is a story filled with scandal, danger, secrets, lies, love, Family, blackmail, and deceit. I have to admit I found the 1998 storyline a little more compelling, however Ginger was such a dynamic character. I also loved the little bit of mystery and trying to figure out what tide Ella and ginger together. I’m excited to see how everything is going to play out in the last book in the series. This book in emojis. 🛥 🏖 🍸 🎷 👩🏻‍🦰 🎧🎧🎧 The audiobook was narrated by Dara Rosenberg and Julie McKay. I love when books told from multiple perspectives are narrated by different narrators. I also thought both these narrators gave such authenticity to the character and time period that they were narrating. *** Big thanks to William Morrow and Harper Audio for my copy of this book ***

  4. 5 out of 5

    Literary Soirée

    I love historical fiction and the author is considered masterful at this genre. However, I just couldn’t get into THE WICKED REDHEAD, the sequel to THE WICKED CITY, which I haven’t read. Maybe it’s because I didn’t like main character Gin Kelly, described as a “floozy” in love with a “disgraced Prohibition agent” in 1924. The dual timeline narrative in 1998 with Ella Dommerich, who lives in the Greenwich Village apartment once occupied by Gin, also didn’t compel me. Other reviewers who have read I love historical fiction and the author is considered masterful at this genre. However, I just couldn’t get into THE WICKED REDHEAD, the sequel to THE WICKED CITY, which I haven’t read. Maybe it’s because I didn’t like main character Gin Kelly, described as a “floozy” in love with a “disgraced Prohibition agent” in 1924. The dual timeline narrative in 1998 with Ella Dommerich, who lives in the Greenwich Village apartment once occupied by Gin, also didn’t compel me. Other reviewers who have read all of Williams’ novels have been thrilled by this latest; I am clearly an outlier. As the French say, “Chacun à son goût.” 3 of 5 stars. Pub Date 10 Dec 2019    Thanks to the author, HarperCollins Publishers, and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #TheWickedRedhead #NetGalley

  5. 4 out of 5

    ABookwormWithWine

    / 5 I WANT MORE GINGER!! I don't know what it was about this one, but I loved The Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams way more than The Wicked City. Something about the ending maybe? Or maybe it's just because the more I read about Ginger Kelly the more I feel like I know her and want to know what happened to her, Ella's story be damned. Okay that was probably a bit harsh, but my favorite storyline is definitely Gin's and I just adore her wit and her spunk, and her love affair with Oliver Anson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5 I WANT MORE GINGER!! I don't know what it was about this one, but I loved The Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams way more than The Wicked City. Something about the ending maybe? Or maybe it's just because the more I read about Ginger Kelly the more I feel like I know her and want to know what happened to her, Ella's story be damned. Okay that was probably a bit harsh, but my favorite storyline is definitely Gin's and I just adore her wit and her spunk, and her love affair with Oliver Anson Marshall makes my heart swell. This book wasn't as near as violent as The Wicked City was, but there are still a couple of scenes that will make your blood pump. I listened to The Wicked Redhead on audio like the first book, and once again I think that is the way to go although it is also nice to have a physical copy to look back at and for the content at the back of it. I actually listened to the audio at 1.5 speed and I think that is the perfect pace for both narrator's voices. I found that listening to their normal voices was a bit of drag but sped up they both sound perfect. Although, I will say that the narrator for Ginger has the perfect pitch to her voice and once again put me back in the 20s. I'm really enjoying the setting of this series, and the romance aspect combined with all the crap that Gin finds herself in (as well as Ella's predicament) has kept me interested and I find myself never wanting it to end. Final Thought: I absolutely loved The Wicked Redhead and it picked up exactly where The Wicked City left off so this is definitely a series you have to read in order. I thought it had a bit of a slow start but eventually things got really interesting and this book ended with a nice bang. I really can't get enough of Gin Kelly so I hope Williams will continue this series for a long time to come. If you like historical fiction sent during the prohibition with some great romance that isn't too descriptive then you definitely need to check out this series. The author's writing style is very vivid and immersive, and I would read anything she writes. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Literary Soirée

    I love historical fiction and the author is considered masterful at this genre. However, I just couldn’t get into THE WICKED REDHEAD, the sequel to THE WICKED CITY, which I haven’t read. Maybe it’s because I didn’t like main character Gin Kelly, described as a “floozy” in love with a “disgraced Prohibition agent” in 1924. The dual timeline narrative in 1998 with Ella Dommerich, who lives in the Greenwich Village apartment once occupied by Gin, also didn’t compel me. Other reviewers who have read I love historical fiction and the author is considered masterful at this genre. However, I just couldn’t get into THE WICKED REDHEAD, the sequel to THE WICKED CITY, which I haven’t read. Maybe it’s because I didn’t like main character Gin Kelly, described as a “floozy” in love with a “disgraced Prohibition agent” in 1924. The dual timeline narrative in 1998 with Ella Dommerich, who lives in the Greenwich Village apartment once occupied by Gin, also didn’t compel me. Other reviewers who have read all of Williams’ novels have been thrilled by this latest; I am clearly an outlier. As the French say, “Chacun à son goût.” 3 of 5 stars. Pub Date 10 Dec 2019    Thanks to the author, HarperCollins Publishers, and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #TheWickedRedhead #NetGalley

  7. 4 out of 5

    Olive

    Review originally appeared on Open Letters Review. Hot, and on the heels of 2017's The Wicked City, the next installment in the series from the prolific Beatriz Williams gives readers a hearty dose of Gin Kelly. Picking up nearly exactly where the first book left off, The Wicked Redhead once again splits the story between two leading ladies and would-be roommates, if only they weren't separated by time. In 1998, Ella Dommerich seeks sanctuary from a cheating husband in a Greenwich Village Review originally appeared on Open Letters Review. Hot, and on the heels of 2017's The Wicked City, the next installment in the series from the prolific Beatriz Williams gives readers a hearty dose of Gin Kelly. Picking up nearly exactly where the first book left off, The Wicked Redhead once again splits the story between two leading ladies and would-be roommates, if only they weren't separated by time. In 1998, Ella Dommerich seeks sanctuary from a cheating husband in a Greenwich Village apartment that the fiery Geneva Kelly (known as Ginger, or its fittingly shortened version, Gin) called home back in 1924. The previous book saw the women get acquainted, or, rather, Ella's realization that her new building may be haunted by the ghosts of roaring twenties parties past. The apartment itself still reeks of Gin. Book two slathers more cement on the connection between Ella and Ginger, which seems to be more than a shared abode across history; Ella discovers that one of her elderly family members may have known this mysterious woman in her heyday. Intermingled with other revelations within her family sphere, Ella is on the hunt to uncover more details regarding Ginger's life and her abrupt disappearance from New York. Meanwhile, back in 1924, Ginger Kelly is in hiding on the sunny shores of Florida after being drawn into a plot to bring down her bootlegging stepfather in the previous installment. She and her companions may have survived the brutal conclusion to that affair, but it has left scars on them all. Now self-tasked with raising her newly orphaned baby sister, Ginger begs her beloved Anson, the orchestrator of the previous mayhem, to give up his goals of being reinstated as a agent of prohibition. A recurring nightmare tells her that his return to the force will eventually be the end of the man she loves. Though The Wicked City saw a fairly even split between the two ladies' sections, its follow-up shows a heavy bias toward the vivacious Miss Kelly. Only a few events dominate Ella's portion of this novel, and, as they are largely made up of internal struggles and quiet unraveling of family mysteries, her sections prove a stark contrast to the series of events in 1924. Making up only about a quarter of the book, Ella's contributions feel notably sparser and certainly less exciting in comparison. The dominant portions of the book following Gin Kelly show her dealing with the consequences of not only the physical attacks from her stepfather, but also the long-reaching impacts of earlier choices, including playing with a particular man's heart. The events of the first book forced her to realize her own infallibility and although she retains her dazzling confidence in this sequel, a humbler side of Ginger emerges. What results is a fun, if lopsided, new addition to the series. Beatriz Williams writes with the elegant breeziness of a practiced hand; the ease with which she endears her characters to readers alone makes the book praise-worthy. Ella's search not only for her familial connection to Ginger, but also for the reclamation of her own voice following her husband's heartbreaking betrayal will likely prove extremely relatable to the audience, and Ginger is finely-crafted firecracker, thrumming with life. With such characters, it is hard not to notice the missed opportunities present in this second book. Many questions from the first book lay unanswered, their existence all noted in this installment with no hint as to whether or not they will ultimately be resolved. For instance, still lurking in the shadows is Ginger's biological father. A few more breadcrumbs are dropped on the path when Gin receives what she believes to be an unsigned letter from him. Never outright revealing his identity, his attempt at communication seems to make Ginger more uncomfortable than anything else; when asked why she wants to learn her father's identity she replies with characteristic snark, “not because I'm sentimental...only because the devil seems to know who I am, and I don't particularly enjoy the mismatch.” By the end of the book, readers, too, will likely be wondering about the dangling end to this missed connection. One can hope that The Wicked Redhead will not be the last Wicked City novel Beatriz Williams aims to pen. The characters are downright addictive and far too enjoyable to be given up after a mere two books. Beyond that, the frustratingly unresolved storylines demand a definitive conclusion to the series. The lack of closure is bound to keep readers up at night, though such an interruption still may be preferable to the late-night clamor of a ghost speakeasy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    A beautiful story told in two timelines which picked up from the first book, The Wicked City. I feel that reading the first book first would thoroughly give the reader a better understanding of the amazing characters that Beatriz Williams have created. Though I did not read the first book, I still thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful story told from 1924 during the Jazz Age and Prohibition Era, and how it connects to 1998 with Ella Dommerich in Greenwhich Village. Ginger Kelly is an awesome A beautiful story told in two timelines which picked up from the first book, The Wicked City. I feel that reading the first book first would thoroughly give the reader a better understanding of the amazing characters that Beatriz Williams have created. Though I did not read the first book, I still thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful story told from 1924 during the Jazz Age and Prohibition Era, and how it connects to 1998 with Ella Dommerich in Greenwhich Village. Ginger Kelly is an awesome character you will fall in love with for her strength, will and wit. The connection of these two characters I found amazing to read. I am a huge fan of Historical Fiction and witty characters and I certainly enjoyed this amazing book! I highly enjoyed this entertaining read and look forward to the third book in this series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Although I haven’t read the first book, I highly enjoyed this second novel in the ‘Wicked City’ series. The Wicked Redhead has dual timelines set in 1998, and the latter going back to 1924 during the jazz and prohibition era with characters Ginger (Gin) Kelly.. she’s a smart, saucy redhead that’s quite scandalous in her day, and girl-next-door Ella that finds a vintage (nude) photograph of a beautiful mysterious redhead. Entertaining, intriguing and overflowing with mystery, danger and fiery hot Although I haven’t read the first book, I highly enjoyed this second novel in the ‘Wicked City’ series. The Wicked Redhead has dual timelines set in 1998, and the latter going back to 1924 during the jazz and prohibition era with characters Ginger (Gin) Kelly.. she’s a smart, saucy redhead that’s quite scandalous in her day, and girl-next-door Ella that finds a vintage (nude) photograph of a beautiful mysterious redhead. Entertaining, intriguing and overflowing with mystery, danger and fiery hot romance, I couldn’t put it down. Thanks so much to NetGalley, William Morrow and Mrs. Williams for the preview copy!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    The Redhead from 'The Wicked City' (#1 Wicked Series), Geneva ‘Ginger’ Kelly, better know as ‘Gin” to her closer friends, returns to the pages of “The Wicked Redhead” in book two of Beatriz Williams’ Wicked City series. Let me be the first to tell ya, these pages are smokin’. We first encounter Ginger escaping from her stepfather Duke Kelly, back in River Junction, Maryland; who it seems she and the Marshall boys, Billy and Anson (lots more about them later), had just killed and put a large dent The Redhead from 'The Wicked City' (#1 Wicked Series), Geneva ‘Ginger’ Kelly, better know as ‘Gin” to her closer friends, returns to the pages of “The Wicked Redhead” in book two of Beatriz Williams’ Wicked City series. Let me be the first to tell ya, these pages are smokin’. We first encounter Ginger escaping from her stepfather Duke Kelly, back in River Junction, Maryland; who it seems she and the Marshall boys, Billy and Anson (lots more about them later), had just killed and put a large dent in his illegal whiskey making business. Since it was 1924 and Prohibition ruled, any liquor making, drinking or transporting was all illegal. Now of course, that didn’t stop any of this from occurring, no it just encouraged the entrepreneurial types to start their own businesses. The economy of this illegal trade made many people very rich but never helped to prohibit the drinking of alcohol. That’s another story well documented in many books. Meanwhile, back in New York city in 1998, our other character, Ella Gilbert is having a hell of a week. Readers might remember Ella married the supreme bastard of men, Patrick, who cheated on Ella from day one of their marriage and possibly everyday after. Fortunately for Ella, she finally caught him in the act with a prostitute in the lobby of their apartment building. Divorce proceedings began the next day, or thereabouts. Yay for Ella. She then moved to a new and smaller apartment where handsome musician, Hector, also serves as the superintendent, and owner. Water damage in Ella’s apartment forces her to bunk in Hector’s apartment while he works on her apartment. Yep, you guessed it; try as they might to keep their hands off each other they just can’t; but they fall in love too. So, on we go alternating chapters and decades between 1924 and 1998. Ginger Kelly is just trying to live her life while avoiding gangsters who worked for Duke. She’s also trying to avoid being talked into marrying Billy Marshall out of pity, and is trying to marry Anson Marshall, his brother who she loves. Ella is trying to avoid her ex-husband who she hates; and stay with Hector, who she loves. At the same time, she’s trying to discover more about the redhead in the picture she has of Ginger Kelly; and the connection she had with the building Hector now owns. The mysteries and love stories in this book will keep you turning pages nonstop; including some sensual lovemaking scenes that might make your blood pressure rise. Thank you, Beatriz. I highly recommend this book but suggest you read the first in the series before you do. Thank you Netgalley, William Morrow and Harper Collins Publishers, and Beatriz Williams

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    Although I haven’t read the first book, I highly enjoyed this second novel in the ‘Wicked City’ series. The Wicked Redhead has dual timelines set in 1998, and the latter going back to 1924 during the jazz and prohibition era with characters Ginger (Gin) Kelly.. she’s a smart, saucy redhead that’s quite scandalous in her day, and girl-next-door Ella that finds a vintage (nude) photograph of a beautiful mysterious redhead. Entertaining, intriguing and overflowing with mystery, danger and fiery hot Although I haven’t read the first book, I highly enjoyed this second novel in the ‘Wicked City’ series. The Wicked Redhead has dual timelines set in 1998, and the latter going back to 1924 during the jazz and prohibition era with characters Ginger (Gin) Kelly.. she’s a smart, saucy redhead that’s quite scandalous in her day, and girl-next-door Ella that finds a vintage (nude) photograph of a beautiful mysterious redhead. Entertaining, intriguing and overflowing with mystery, danger and fiery hot romance, I couldn’t put it down. Thanks so much to NetGalley, William Morrow and Mrs. Williams for the preview copy!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)

    Things pick up where they left off in The Wicked City. Oliver and Ginger are hiding out in Cocoa Beach with the Fitzwilliams and the year is 1924. If you read Cocoa Beach, you are familiar with these characters. Oliver and Ginger are escaping the horrible fight they had with notorious bootleggers, including her wretched stepfather, Duke Kelly. Oliver leaves Ginger behind to go pursue some business and requests that she wait for him in Florida. Gin isn't someone who waits around and when Oliver's Things pick up where they left off in The Wicked City. Oliver and Ginger are hiding out in Cocoa Beach with the Fitzwilliams and the year is 1924. If you read Cocoa Beach, you are familiar with these characters. Oliver and Ginger are escaping the horrible fight they had with notorious bootleggers, including her wretched stepfather, Duke Kelly. Oliver leaves Ginger behind to go pursue some business and requests that she wait for him in Florida. Gin isn't someone who waits around and when Oliver's mother suggests she returns to New York City with her in order to help Oliver's brother, Billy, who is recovering from the fight. The problem is Billy still thinks that Gin is his fiancée, so things are starting to get a little complicated for Gin. She feels guilty about Billy's injury as it's her stepfather who is responsible, so Gin returns to New York to help him out. Then there's a parallel storyline featuring Ella in 1998. If you remember from The Wicked City, her husband cheated on her and she moved out. While at her new apartment, she met Hector, who she has hit it off with tremendously, but things aren't quite over with her ex-husband. Conflicts ensue. Ella and Gin are linked and readers find out exactly how as the story progresses. The Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams is a fun sequel to The Wicked City. If you like the Prohibition era mixed in with rumrunners, romance, bootlegging, a strong heroine, and a ton of adventure, you will especially appreciate this historical tale. Read my full review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christine Moore

    The Wicked Redhead picks right up where The Wicked City left us. I absolutely love Gin Kelly and can not wait for more of her story. I loved catching up with Ella and Hector and can't wait to see what is next for them. I loved how so many of the past characters of Beatriz Williams's books are making appearances. I loved The Wicked Redhead and can not wait for more of both Gin's and Ella's story. I received an advanced readers copy and all opinions are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aura

    The second part of the Wicked City, Gin Kelly is in love with Agent Anson. She survives all the goings on from book 1 but life is still difficult. I love this continuation of the story. Many characters that I have met before in other Beatriz Williams make appearances in this novel such as the Marshalls and the Schuylers.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Davida Chazan

    Gin... both a drink and a name! Ginger is the Wicked Redhead, and boy do things get red hot in Beatriz Williams' second book in this series. You can read my review on my blog here! https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2019/12/1...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I like this author's books but sadly I was not in love with this book. While, I have not read the first book in this series, that was not the issue. It was the fact that I was not in "love" with the main characters. In the beginning, I did think I would really like Ella because she did show that she would bounce back on her feet but it was Gin that I did like. Yet, I found the pacing in the beginning to be really slow. I even put the boo down and walked away from it for a bit. When I came back, I like this author's books but sadly I was not in love with this book. While, I have not read the first book in this series, that was not the issue. It was the fact that I was not in "love" with the main characters. In the beginning, I did think I would really like Ella because she did show that she would bounce back on her feet but it was Gin that I did like. Yet, I found the pacing in the beginning to be really slow. I even put the boo down and walked away from it for a bit. When I came back, I did pick up in the middle and the story got more intriguing and better. Gin was still my favorite. If the book could have just featured her I would have been happy. Ms. Williams does a wonderful job of writing time period books. Instantly, I am always transported to the time period in which the story is taking place in. This book may not have been a favorite of mine, I will still read books from this author.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sara Dorn

    I love Gin Kelly’s story. I’m not as huge of a fan as Ella but I love any story that connects to Annabelle and Stefan! Gin has such a unique voice and I love that Beatriz Williams had the courage to write about the Prohibition Age.

  18. 5 out of 5

    MicheleReader

    Beatriz Williams is one of my favorite authors. I tell fans of historical fiction that they must read her books. Since her first novel, she has woven wonderful tales – most including, in a major or minor way, the Schuyler family. In The Wicked Redhead we learn more about Ginger Kelly in 1924 as well as Ella Dommerich Gilbert (daughter of Pepper Schuyler) in 1998, characters we met in Book 1 - The Wicked City. This book also starts by tying up a loose end from Williams’ Cocoa Beach. It makes good Beatriz Williams is one of my favorite authors. I tell fans of historical fiction that they must read her books. Since her first novel, she has woven wonderful tales – most including, in a major or minor way, the Schuyler family. In The Wicked Redhead we learn more about Ginger Kelly in 1924 as well as Ella Dommerich Gilbert (daughter of Pepper Schuyler) in 1998, characters we met in Book 1 - The Wicked City. This book also starts by tying up a loose end from Williams’ Cocoa Beach. It makes good sense to read all the author’s books in order but at the very least, Book 1 in this series should be read first. And luckily online I found a (fictional) Schuyler family tree, so I didn’t have to struggle to remember all the people who made welcomed appearances in The Wicked Redhead. So, getting back to this book – we’re taken on a fun ride with Ginger from Florida to New York and beyond - entangled in the dangerous world of Prohibition and the love of two brothers. And for Ella, we see her dealing with moving on from a bad marriage, discovering a new love and her fascination with a professional, provocative photograph of a sexy redhead who lived in her Greenwich Village apartment – Ginger Kelly. Many thanks to Edelweiss, HarperCollins and Ms. Williams for an advance copy in exchange for this honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Mussell

    I am so excited that Gin Kelly is back!! Thank you to edelweiss plus , Beatriz Williams and Harper Collins. When an author can incorporate other novels, it is such a thrill! Cocoa Beach and A Certain Age - if you are a true fan, you will recognize the names in the Wicked Redhead! Let's not forget to mention the law firm!! When reading this, I wanted to be in a smoky jazz filled room with a gin and tonic! Beatriz can really set the scene! Any my favorite quote has to be.. "flame-haired mountain I am so excited that Gin Kelly is back!! Thank you to edelweiss plus , Beatriz Williams and Harper Collins. When an author can incorporate other novels, it is such a thrill! Cocoa Beach and A Certain Age - if you are a true fan, you will recognize the names in the Wicked Redhead! Let's not forget to mention the law firm!! When reading this, I wanted to be in a smoky jazz filled room with a gin and tonic! Beatriz can really set the scene! Any my favorite quote has to be.. "flame-haired mountain tart as I am". Already anticipating book three!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    The Bookend Diner

    Thank you William Morrow Books for gifting me an advanced copy of Beatriz William’s newest book THE WICKED REDHEAD. I am an admirer of Beatriz Williams; she has a talent for writing an impeccable historical fiction story. I am consistently transported back into the period that Williams is writing about and occasionally forget that I am not experiencing what I am reading. She is an immensely talented author and after reading THE WICKED CITY and THE WICKED REDHEAD, I feel that even more so. First, Thank you William Morrow Books for gifting me an advanced copy of Beatriz William’s newest book THE WICKED REDHEAD. I am an admirer of Beatriz Williams; she has a talent for writing an impeccable historical fiction story. I am consistently transported back into the period that Williams is writing about and occasionally forget that I am not experiencing what I am reading. She is an immensely talented author and after reading THE WICKED CITY and THE WICKED REDHEAD, I feel that even more so. First, I should mention to you that to read THE WICKED REDHEAD that you must read THE WICKED CITY. Although written years apart, you can’t start reading REDHEAD until you’ve read the first book in the series. This is a series, right? I need another book following Geneva Kelly and Ella Gilbert, asap. The descriptions in these books are mesmerizing. I have always been fascinated by the 1920’s prohibition era and after reading THE WICKED REDHEAD I am even more interested in that era. Geneva ‘Ginger’ Kelly became a real person to me and I wish I had the tenacity that she does. The book is told through alternating periods and perspectives; the 1920’s with Ginger and 1998 with Ella. I love the chapters following Ginger but I felt a pull towards Ella’s character. There is something about her that I could relate to. If you are a historical fiction lover, I think the WICKED CITY series is for you! Be prepared to be transported to the prohibition era. THE WICKED REDHEAD will be released on December 10th! I am currently hosting a giveaway through my Instagram ( @thebookend.diner) if you would like to enter for a chance to win a copy of THE WICKED REDHEAD before its release. Thank you, again, William Morrow Books and Beatriz Williams for this superbly entertaining book!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Reeca Elliott

    Ella has changed her world! She has quit her job, left her husband and has moved into a new apartment. She discovers some unique information about a previous tenant of her new space. This sends her on a quest to find out more. This novel is broken down into two different time periods, 1924 and 1998. I actually enjoyed the more recent time period better than the past. This is usual for me. I think the mystery element, the apartment and the characters were much better during this part of the story. Ella has changed her world! She has quit her job, left her husband and has moved into a new apartment. She discovers some unique information about a previous tenant of her new space. This sends her on a quest to find out more. This novel is broken down into two different time periods, 1924 and 1998. I actually enjoyed the more recent time period better than the past. This is usual for me. I think the mystery element, the apartment and the characters were much better during this part of the story. The rum runners and the prohibition area had a great many characters and seemed a little disjointed. Beatriz Williams last couple of books have not hit their mark with me. They have just been ok. This one is actually pretty dogone good! It is still a little wordy but I really enjoyed it. Especially the mystery surrounding the apartment. Very unique!

  22. 5 out of 5

    BookGypsy

    This is the follow up to The Wicked City which was the first book I read by this author that made me such a fan of her books. The Wicked City will always be my favorite. I absolutely love reading about the jazz era. This follow up brings the past to the future. I love the characters. I love the connection the two women have. I was so excited for this new book. It didn't disappoint. The continuation is amazing. I love loved this! I hope she continues this story there is still so much of it to run This is the follow up to The Wicked City which was the first book I read by this author that made me such a fan of her books. The Wicked City will always be my favorite. I absolutely love reading about the jazz era. This follow up brings the past to the future. I love the characters. I love the connection the two women have. I was so excited for this new book. It didn't disappoint. The continuation is amazing. I love loved this! I hope she continues this story there is still so much of it to run with. Fabulous story! Dawnny-BookGypsy Novels N Latte Hudson Valley NY

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Hart

    I won of copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway! I had read the first installment of this series and loved the characters and dual time-line. I’ll confess that this second book didn’t capture me the same way, but Gin’s voice is so entertaining that it kept me interested. If you like Beatriz Williams’ writing, this was still a worthwhile read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    The Wicked Redhead is Williams’ follow up to The Wicked City and it picks up right where City left off. I can say this with assurance because I literally read City right before Redhead. As a huge Beatriz Williams fan for years now, and though I owned the book, City had somehow slipped through unread. So I power read them back to back and what an adventure it was! I loved the back and forth between the 90s and the roaring twenties. The age of Prohibition was such a fascinating time of both over The Wicked Redhead is Williams’ follow up to The Wicked City and it picks up right where City left off. I can say this with assurance because I literally read City right before Redhead. As a huge Beatriz Williams fan for years now, and though I owned the book, City had somehow slipped through unread. So I power read them back to back and what an adventure it was! I loved the back and forth between the 90s and the roaring twenties. The age of Prohibition was such a fascinating time of both over controlling laws and lawlessly, wild behavior. The clothes were amazing, the music even better, and the speakeasies…to be a fly on the wall, am I right? Well Beatriz takes us there with Gin. Gin, full of gumption, with a heart of gold, but takes shit from no one. Hell of a shot, too. Ella is finally parting ways with her philandering husband, but nothing is ever that easy. On top of that, she is drawn to Gin and her story. What’s the connection? And why does her gran, a Schyler no less, have a scandalous photo of her? How will their stories collide? I really enjoyed reading these two back to back and would recommend it if you get the chance. The Wicked Redhead could be a standalone, but I feel you’ll get more depth and understanding if you read City first. Plus, Beatriz just rocks. Read all the books. You’ll find easter eggs in every one. I received an advanced copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Jeffers

    This book was such a mess. I was hoping to get some resolutions to the first book but this was the least satisfying thing I've read all year.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Foskey

    Loved loved loved this book!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love continuing Ginger's story and meeting Ella!!!!!!! Really hope there's a 3rd book continuing Ginger and Ella's story. Thank you to William Morrow Publishing and Edelweiss for my honest review

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Jones

    There are spoilers for The Wicked City in this review. I absolutely LOVED this portion of Gin and Anson's story. They are so dark and passionate and true to each other, but also a little bone-headed. I mean, look at these two: "If you want out --" "Want out? Out of what? Out of loving you? Out of waking up and thanking God you're still alive, I haven't killed you with this life of mine, this job of mine --" "Oh, if that's what's bothering you --" "There is only one thing that bothers me, Ginger. I There are spoilers for The Wicked City in this review. I absolutely LOVED this portion of Gin and Anson's story. They are so dark and passionate and true to each other, but also a little bone-headed. I mean, look at these two: "If you want out --" "Want out? Out of what? Out of loving you? Out of waking up and thanking God you're still alive, I haven't killed you with this life of mine, this job of mine --" "Oh, if that's what's bothering you --" "There is only one thing that bothers me, Ginger. I might ache for my brother, I might burn for my part in what was done to him, but there's only one thing that makes me so sick I can't sleep, I can't think straight, I can't see reason, and that's the thought I might lose you. Might not ever again kiss you or lie with you." "You can't lose a thing that doesn't ever mean to be lost, Anson. You can't lose a thing that belongs to you. A girl that was made for you, the same as you were made for her, like a handle for a bucket, like a pillowcase for a pillow. A hearth for a fire." And Ginger is sassy, always quick with a reply. Logan leans forward. "Listen to this, Miss Kelly. Listen good. I spent seventeen years fishing the coast around here, and I never cleared more than a thousand dollars in a single year. Just enough to get by. keep my wife and my three kids. now? I clear more than that in a month. Sometimes a week. I make so much dough, I got a wife and a girl down in Port Saint Lucie." He roars with his joy and slaps Anson's knee. "Now that's what I call prosperity!" "I guess your wife's over the moon," I say. I could do without the modern day (well, 1998) story following Ella, Patrick, and Hector. (I have to wonder if she's set it in 1998 so that Ella's child can have a present-day story?) I know this framing device of a modern story researching a historical story is very popular in this type of book, and often I really like it, but this time I really wanted it gone. I don't care about Ella and I don't care about her story. It IS nice to see Annabelle & Florian & Pepper again, though. I also didn’t think the magical realism needed to be there, but of course that’s because I hardly ever like magical realism. It was mostly present in the 1998 timeline, which didn’t help endear the 1998 timeline story to me. And what was the point of both Gin & Ella spouting the same Bible verse, and then pointing out that it was the Jews who were the "defiled"? I thought that was going somewhere, but it didn't connect to anything. That could have been edited out. And why do both Gin & Ella faint? Do people really faint that often? There appears to be more left to tell of Gin's story, I look forward to a third book in this series. All of Wiliams' books are connected in some way, but they are also stand-Alones and can be read in any order. Except this one absolutely MUST be read AFTER The Wicked City, because it picks up immediately after the end of Wicked City, and recaps the plot. Other books referenced (but not required reading): A Certain Age - Mrs Marshall is a key figure in this book (although you won't need to have read this to follow along) since she is Anson's & Billy's mother. Cocoa Beach - Virginia & Simon host Gin in Cocoa Beach (and Gin shows up in the epilogue of Cocoa Beach) Along the Infinite Sea - Annabelle and Stefan make an appearance, (view spoiler)[they are Ella's grandparents, and Pepper Schuyler & Florian Dommerich are her parents. (hide spoiler)] Reading Wicked Redhead is a bit of a spoiler for AtIS, since Stefan quickly recaps the highlights of the plot. The Secret Life of Violet Grant (which I have not read yet myself) - Vivian makes an appearance. I haven't read all of Williams' books so there may have been other references I missed!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    When we last left Gin Kelly, she had just had a harrowing encounter with her violent stepfather and his gang of Prohibition-violating criminals that left Billy Marshall, the man who loved her, badly beaten in Beatriz Williams' second Wicked City series novel, The Wicked City. The third novel of the Wicked City series, The Wicked Redhead, picks up in 1924 in the aftermath of the violent event. Gin and Billy's brother Anson, a Prohibition agent who is Gin's lover, have escaped to Cocoa Beach, When we last left Gin Kelly, she had just had a harrowing encounter with her violent stepfather and his gang of Prohibition-violating criminals that left Billy Marshall, the man who loved her, badly beaten in Beatriz Williams' second Wicked City series novel, The Wicked City. The third novel of the Wicked City series, The Wicked Redhead, picks up in 1924 in the aftermath of the violent event. Gin and Billy's brother Anson, a Prohibition agent who is Gin's lover, have escaped to Cocoa Beach, Florida with Gin's young sister Pasty. They are staying with Anson's friends Simon and Virginia to recuperate. Although Anson wants to provide a safe life for Gin and Patsy, he is drawn to helping the feds fight the scourge of pirates who are attacking the illegal rum runners, as well as the unlawful liquor distributors filling the waters off the east coast. Gin is angry that Anson would undertake such a dangerous mission. When Anson and Billy's indominable mother comes to Cocoa Beach, she wants to bring Gin back to Long Island to help her son Billy's recovery. She offers Gin a quid pro quo- if Gin comes backs to New York to help Billy, she will give Gin some information about her family that could change her life. The scenes between Gin and Mrs. Marshall are the strongest of the book. These two characters are tough, strong ladies. Mrs. Marshall may not be sympathetic, but she loves her seriously injured son and will do anything to help him. As the mother of sons, I understand that. In 1998, Ella's story also picks up where we left her in The Wicked City. Ella has left her cheating husband and moved into a small apartment where Gin used to live. Ella finds racy vintage photographs of Gin, and wants to know more about this redheaded woman who also has a connection to her great-aunt Julie. Once again, there is a violent confrontation involving Anson and Gin at the end of their story. There are also a few explicit sex scenes early on in the book, and Williams knows how to raise the pulse of her readers. Williams' leaves readers with more to tell in Gin and Ella's stories, so I'm sure we will see these ladies again in another book. I enjoy Williams' style of writing, and I found one particular passage enlightening. Gin thinks- "That's the trouble, isn't it? You never can see yourself from the perspective of someone else. You never do know how you look." For those who read the Schuyler Sisters novels by Williams, you'll be happy to know that they play a part in this series as well. And I loved that the law firm of Willig, Williams & White is mentioned, a nod to Williams' writing partners authors Lauren Willig and Karen White, whose latest book, All the Ways We Said Goodbye publishes in January. Fans of Beatriz Williams will enjoy The Wicked Redhead, but I do suggest that you read The Wicked City first in order to fully appreciate the new novel.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This is the second book in the series, I would definitely recommend reading The Wicked City Before this. I don’t feel like this book would make complete sense as a stand alone. I’m just giving you a heads up in case you haven’t already read the first book :) This book takes place in two timelines. There’s Gin’s story in 1924 and Ella’s story in 1998. Ella is given a very valuable picture of Gin after her great-aunt learns that Ella is in Gin’s old apartment. It leads Ella to wonder whatever This is the second book in the series, I would definitely recommend reading The Wicked City Before this. I don’t feel like this book would make complete sense as a stand alone. I’m just giving you a heads up in case you haven’t already read the first book :) This book takes place in two timelines. There’s Gin’s story in 1924 and Ella’s story in 1998. Ella is given a very valuable picture of Gin after her great-aunt learns that Ella is in Gin’s old apartment. It leads Ella to wonder whatever happened to Gin. As is the case with two main characters/timelines, I often have a favorite. I definitely enjoyed Gin’s story better. She is in love with Anson/Oliver but feels guilty about everything his brother Billy has been through because of her. She’s trying to find a way to be with Anson but everything seems to be working against her. She knows the most important responsibility in her life is to keep her little sister safe. In Ella’s timeline, she starting over after leaving her cheating ex. She’s fallen in love with Hector now and the timing of their relationship is incredibly complicated. Ella’s storyline is the link to the Schuyler family that we have enjoyed in many previous books from Beatriz Williams. I always enjoy that she ties her stories together and gives us updates on where other favorite characters are now. I did feel that there might have been some questions unanswered. After two books, each about 400 pages, it still feels like the story isn’t finished. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this is to be a trilogy.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bruin Mccon

    “...she’s so gorgeously happy, so free of every care, I want to fly right out through the window and into her arms, where my own sorrows might dissolve by the heat of her joy.” The Wicked Redhead is a dual timeline novel featuring a Prohibition era woman in love with a booze fighting Coast Guard and a late 1990s woman who has fallen in love for the first time. You can feel the love Ginger Kelly, the woman in the earlier timeline, has for Oliver Anson Marshall, as the weeks drag on, he doesn’t “...she’s so gorgeously happy, so free of every care, I want to fly right out through the window and into her arms, where my own sorrows might dissolve by the heat of her joy.” The Wicked Redhead is a dual timeline novel featuring a Prohibition era woman in love with a booze fighting Coast Guard and a late 1990s woman who has fallen in love for the first time. You can feel the love Ginger Kelly, the woman in the earlier timeline, has for Oliver Anson Marshall, as the weeks drag on, he doesn’t return. It’s heartbreaking, really, and as her story twists in 1924, it’s not at all clear how 1998 Ella is connected to her story. Themes repeat in the two stories: a father who is not biologically a father. A true love realized in an instant, no matter what the circumstances that make it messy. Unplanned pregnancies. The sacrifices of parents for the children. There’s something about this book that makes it so hard to put down. I think it’s just a Beatriz Williams effect. She captures something of the ineffable feeling of love. Eventually we get some answers, not all. This book won’t be for everyone but I liked it.

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