• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (February 2, 2016)
Listening to someone else’s mix tapes is a huge breach of trust. But KitKat was dead . . . and curiosity got the better of me.
When a mix tape destined for her friend KitKat accidentally arrives in Jett Bennett’s mailbox, Jett doesn’t think twice about it—even in the age of iTunes and Spotify, the hipster residents of the Barter Street district of Brooklyn are in a constant competition to see who can be the most retro.
But when Jett finds KitKat dead on her own kitchen floor, she suspects the tape might be more than just a quirky collection of lovelorn ballads. And when KitKat’s boyfriend, Bronco, is arrested for her murder, Jett and her best friend, Sid, set out on an epic urban quest through strip joints and record stores, vegan bakeries and basement nightclubs, to discover who the real killer is. However, the further Jett digs into KitKat’s past, the more she discovers about her own left-behind love life—and the mysterious man whose song she still clings to. . . .
Throughout the novel there are song references. If one isn't playing in the background to set the mood, one is reminding Jett of one of her exes. While systematically breaking down what led to the murder, she explores the nostalgia of her own romantic past when listening to a collection of mix-tapes that was left by the deceased. Most of them were from ex boyfriends, which is how Jett got to thinking of her own. She even went about confronting them. Here we find most are bitter men who wished and wanted, but eventually found they should stick with the tolerable wife and family. None of this had anything to do with the murder, rather Jett decluttering her past the way some of us should.
When Jett wasn't acting like a PI, or hunting down old boyfriends, she was struggling with her feelings for male best friend, Sid. This is where I think the heart of the story lies and I would suggest this to romance fans, more than a hard-boiled mystery fan. There was a cute tug-of-war between the two of them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Libby Cudmore worked at video stores, bookstores, and temp agencies before settling down in upstate New York to write. Her short stories have appeared in PANK, The Stoneslide Corrective, The Big Click,and Big Lucks. The Big Rewind is her first novel.
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