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Release day: The Lost Letters of Playfair Street

2 December 2020

Today is the official release of The Lost Letters of Playfair Street by Michelle Montebello (ebook and paperback, self-published). Here’s the blurb:

At the height of the Roaring Twenties, they played a lover’s game, and left behind a box of clues…

1929: On the night of her engagement to austere banker Floyd Clark, Charlotte Greene meets Sydney Harbour Bridge engineer, Alexander Young. Their encounter is brief, but their attraction instant.

Alex invites Charlotte to play a game with him, one of daring clues and secret meeting places. She accepts and they embark on a lover’s chase across the city.

But with her arranged marriage to Floyd looming, will she have the strength to let Alex go?

Present Day: Paige Westwood is helping her boss establish a publishing company in his Playfair Street house in The Rocks, Sydney. In the attic, she discovers a chest of old clues that are designed to lead the reader on a journey across the city.

Paige contacts the former house owner, Ryan Greene, who explains the clues belonged to his great-aunt Charlotte, who once lived there, but who mysteriously disappeared in 1929.

Together, they follow Charlotte and Alex’s clues to unravel a tale of lies and intrigue, of two lovers bound by hope, but also by deceit.

Can they solve the mystery of Charlotte’s disappearance or has all hope been lost to the past?

Michelle dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

The idea of a lover’s game played out across a city came to me a few years ago, but the storyline was very different. I’d envisioned somewhere exotic like Cairo, as a contemporary romance. Alas, it didn’t take and so I shelved it for another day. Then the story of Charlotte and Alex began to form and I felt certain a lover’s game of secret clues belonged entirely to them. And what better place to set it than in the hidden laneways of The Rocks, during an era as decadent as the Roaring Twenties? Get set to be transported back to the Jazz Age, where two lovers crave time alone. Where clues are delivered in secret, to be deciphered and followed. And present-day characters who must solve the tragic mysteries of the past.

You can find out more about this book at Michelle’s website or buy the paperback here or ebook here.


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