Historical Mysteries

RAMBLE AND ROAR
“LIFE’S A GAMBLE, BABY. SOMETIMES, YOU HIT THE CARDS JUST RIGHT. SOMETIMES, YOU COME UP SHORT.”

Eliza was set on not marrying and becoming an all-important jazz star. Until her father betrothed her to the most eligible bachelor in Pennsylvania. But Eliza doesn’t want Mr. Eligible. She wants the spotlight. So, she boards a train with a one-way ticket to NYC and her father’s secret stash of money. (Guess it wasn’t so secret after all). With a head full of rose-colored dreams, she throws herself into a city that doesn’t care about honor or a person’s last name. Propelled by ambition and the need to prove herself, Eliza does what any girl in Perugia pumps would do—make friends with people who have connections. And Hell’s Kitchen has plenty of friends. Friends who like to make deals in smoky rooms where only a password will get you inside. As Eliza grasps for success and wavers between the affection of two men, she finds that her city of bright promise might offer only dazzling lies.

BOTH HUMOROUS AND SUSPENSEFUL, THIS ROMANTIC MYSTERY CAPTURES THE PLEASURE-SEEKING DECADE OF THE 1920’S IN ALL ITS GLORY AND GRIT.

“A debut that blasts out of the gate with all the exuberance of the Roaring Twenties, Ramble and Roar is a joyride of a book.”
~Heather Day Gilbert, award-winning, bestselling author of The Vikings of the New World Saga

“A spirited tale that will capture readers from the first chapter.”
~Ann Byle, book reviewer and author of Christian Publishing 101

“Meticulously researched and deftly written, this work of historical fiction brings both the grit and glitter of the Roaring Twenties to life.”
~Todd J. Wiebe, Research Librarian and Associate Professor, Hope College

“The reader cannot help but experience the full tension between innocence and corruption, tradition and change, fatalism and hope that characterized the Roaring 20s.”
~Susie Finkbeiner, CBA bestselling author of The Pearl Spence Series

 

MARVEL AND MAYHEM 
SOMETIMES SURVIVAL CAN TAKE A PROVIDENTIAL TWIST.

Harrisburg, PA, 1926. New York City flapper, Mattie O’Keefe, lives and breathes for the next rush. City life is all she’s ever known but a tragic disaster forces her to hide somewhere she never dreamed of, a farm. She despises everything about this forsaken place—dirt, animals, an outhouse, and Grant Emery. But if she leaves its concealed security, it will mean her death, and she’s not ready to die.
Grant Emery disagrees with his grandmother’s decision to take Mattie on as a farmhand. He believes the wild redhead will only create more toil upon their already struggling farm. However, when mayhem ensues, he finds that the person he needs to beat the rival is the last one he’d ever choose—Mattie O’Keefe.

“A fresh take on the turbulent 1920’s, an era that springs to life under Cordero’s pen. With snappy dialogue and a collision course of city meets country, this novel brims over with heart, wit, and a larger-than-life heroine you can’t get enough of.”

~Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of Between Two Shores

“This story is a fast-moving ride full of endearing characters that will capture your imagination and sweep you back into the prohibition era and the stories of its conniving mafia, wealthy upper-crust, and struggling farmers. Prepare to journey through tragedy, heartache, and, eventually, hope.”

~ Shawn Smucker, author of The Day the Angels Fell

“Marvel and Mayhem is my favourite kind of historical read: exceptionally researched, completely immersive and flourished with a cast of characters caught in the whirlwind of an era at the crux of conscience and self-preservation.”

~Rachel McMillan, author of the Van Buren and DeLuca series