Velvet Was the Night

Velvet Was the Night


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From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a “delicious, twisted treat for lovers of noir” about a daydreaming secretary, a lonesome enforcer, and the mystery of a missing woman they’re both desperate to find.

1970s, Mexico City. Maite is a secretary who lives for one thing: the latest issue of Secret Romance. While student protests and political unrest consume the city, Maite escapes into stories of passion and danger.

Her next-door neighbor, Leonora, a beautiful art student, seems to live a life of intrigue and romance that Maite envies. When Leonora disappears under suspicious circumstances, Maite finds herself searching for the missing woman—and journeying deeper into Leonora’s secret life of student radicals and dissidents.

Meanwhile, someone else is also looking for Leonora at the behest of his boss, a shadowy figure who commands goon squads dedicated to squashing political activists. Elvis is an eccentric criminal who longs to escape his own life: He loathes violence and loves old movies and rock ’n’ roll. But as Elvis searches for the missing woman, he comes to observe Maite from a distance—and grows more and more obsessed with this woman who shares his love of music and the unspoken loneliness of his heart.

Now as Maite and Elvis come closer to discovering the truth behind Leonora’s disappearance, they can no longer escape the danger that threatens to consume their lives, with hitmen, government agents, and Russian spies all aiming to protect Leonora’s secrets—at gunpoint.

Velvet Was the Night is an edgy, simmering historical novel for lovers of smoky noirs and anti-heroes.

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    Velvet Was the Night Reviews

  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    Velvet Was the Night is my seventh novel. It's historical and noir. There is no SFF element. This is definitely not horror. It's also not like Mexican Gothic or a Mexican Gothic sequel (because I've b...

  • Robin

    ↠ 5 starsIt’s 1971, and in Mexico City, a quiet secretary becomes embroiled in a complicated plot linked to the political unrest currently transforming the town. All Maite wants is to escape into ...

  • Yun

    You know that feeling, when you've become fully immersed in a story and you no longer realize you're just reading words on a page? Well, that feeling never came for me in Velvet Was the Night.Maite is...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Why I kept falling in love with the book covers of Silvia Moreno Garcia’s! Isn’t this one gorgeous? Mexican Gothic’s cover is still my favorite but this smoky, mysterious vibes of the cover and ...

  • megs_bookrack

    **3.5-stars rounded up**In 1970s, Mexico City, Maite works as a legal secretary by day and reads romantic comics by night; dreaming of a different life for herself.Elvis is an enforcer for a group cal...

  • Melissa ~ Bantering Books

    Be sure to visit Bantering Books to read all my latest reviews.She wondered what kind of story started like this.Well, if the story is anything like Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s latest novel, Velvet Was t...

  • daph pink ?

    With this stunning cover and engaging title, I expected an amazing story as well. I love Silvia's mexican gothic so much. It was one of my fav book of last year. So naturally I had really high expecta...

  • jessica

    SMG is exactly right when she says this is a historical noir novel. while the heart of this story is a mystery, and one thats no stranger to violence, the stakes do feel low and the pacing is on the s...

  • Lisa of Troy

    Maite is living a quite life as a secretary when her neighbor, Leonora, asks her to watch her cat for a few days. But Leonora never comes back. What happened to Leonora? Is she coming back? Where is s...

  • Elle

    I’m not even sure how I got ahold of an ARC of this book. In a year full of incredible releases this was easily in my top 3 most anticipated of 2021. Luckily my good friends Natalie and Carmen also ...