Chicago, 1938. Late one night before the ten o’clock show, the body of a prominent radio actress is found in the station’s lounge. All the evidence points to murder—and one young, up-and-coming radio actress, Vivian Witchell, as the next victim. But Vivian isn’t the type to leave her fate in the hands of others—she’s used to stealing the show. Alongside charming private detective Charlie Haverman, Vivian is thrust into a world of clues and motives, suspects and secrets. And with so much on the line, Vivian finds her detective work doesn’t end when the on-air light goes out...
The gripping first novel in a new series from debut author Cheryl Honigford, The Darkness Knows is a thrilling mystery that evokes the drama and scandal of radio stardom in prewar Chicago.
"Honigford's atmospheric first novel, a series debut, brings to life the world of radio in 1938 Chicago." — Publishers Weekly
"Honigford... excels in capturing the flavor of the golden age of radio and Depression-era Chicago. Viv and Charlie make a charming couple as they feud and fight and then discover they have a lot in common. There isn't quite as much drinking as in Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man, but this duo may be the next Nick and Nora Charles." — Library Journal
"...will appeal to fans of Jill Churchill's Grace and Favor series and Ron Goulart's Groucho Marx mysteries." — Booklist
"An accomplished debut by Cheryl Honigford who has done great research into the Golden Age of Radio. " — Fresh Fiction
"Murder with a hint of romance and scandal introduces readers to the Viv and Charlie Mystery series. Honigford vividly recreates Chicago during the Depression. The depth of her research and her realistic portrayal of old-time radio transport readers back to its golden age, when listeners gathered around their sets to hear The Shadow, Boston Blackie, or The Thin Man. This is a thrilling adventure laced with humor that keeps readers guessing whodunit until the end." — Historical Novels Review
"Mysteries come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and The Darkness Knows by Cheryl Honigford is a perfect fit for the "cozy" mystery category. As cozies go, this one was a fun read and a well-constructed whodunit." — NY Journal of Books
"The Darkness Knows is a promising start to a new series." — Shelf Awareness