cover image The Beautiful and the Wicked: A Lila Day Novel

The Beautiful and the Wicked: A Lila Day Novel

Liv Spector. Morrow, $14.99 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-06-225848-9

When wealthy software magnate Jack Warren is murdered aboard his luxury yacht, The Rising Tide, on the night of his 50th birthday in 2008, authorities believe the killer to be his artist mistress, Ava Day, sister to time-traveling former Miami homicide detective Lila Day, the star of Spector’s solid sequel to 2013’s The Rich and the Dead. Lila has always believed in her sister’s innocence and the guilt of Jack’s wife, Elise Warren, whose latest husband has died from a reported self-inflicted gunshot in the present-day of 2019. Lila persuades her friend Teddy Hawkins, who controls her time travel, to let her go back to a month before the murder, promising she won’t interfere with the past. Working undercover as a stewardess aboard The Rising Tide, Lila spots a number of possible killers, from the deckhands to Jack’s daughter. As Lila frantically seeks proof for her theory, Spector provides readers with an entertaining range of overindulgence and corruption. [em](Dec.) [/em]