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The Half-LIfe of Ruby Fielding by author Lydia Kang

Coming May 1, 2022 from Lake Union Publishing
Paperback Edition ISBN-13: 978-1542020084
CD Audiobook Edition ISBN: 978-1713651833

The Half-LIfe of Ruby Fielding by author Lydia Kang

The Half-LIfe of Ruby Fielding

1942, Brooklyn, New York.
In the throes of World War II, New Yorkers are doing what they can to help in the war effort, from buying bonds to plane spotting on rooftops, and even building their own personal bomb shelters.

Brother and sister Willliam and Maggie Scripps are trying to survive in their own ways. Will is determined to make himself a necessary part of the Manhattan Project, and shy Maggie has joined the ranks of women welders at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. But when a mysterious woman shows up unconscious at their doorstep, they can’t help but get involved. Maggie and William wonder if they’re harboring a spy.

When the truth finally comes to light, someone will have paid the price of the threesome’s secrets with their life.

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Praise for The Half-LIfe of Ruby Fielding

“A romantic, twisty tale of love, loyalty, and betrayal with a shocking and satisfying sleight of hand ending I never saw coming.”
— Elle Cosimano, USA Today Bestselling Author of Finlay Donovan Is Killing It

Lydia Kang does it again. The Half-Life of Ruby Fielding is riveting. Set in Brooklyn and New York City at the height of World War II, we are dropped into a world where no one can be trusted. The Manhattan Project is in its early stages and the key to winning the war. But who works for who? Not only are loyalties to country challenged, but family loyalties as well. Characters’ motives and desires shift and twist. No one is who they claim to be. And in the middle of it all is the strange, alluring, and enigmatic Ruby Fielding, who may undo them all. A marvelous, complex, and thrilling read.
— Kim Taylor Blakemore, bestselling author of After Alice Fell

“Brimming with gracefully executed twists and turns, The Half-Life of Ruby Fielding is a suspenseful tale encompassing the shrouded early history of the Manhattan Project, set in its namesake city.  Kang’s unforgettable characters, both courageous and sinister, play out their respective parts behind blackout-curtained windows, holding their cards close until the end. Packed with intrigue and secret assignations, this is a triumphant addition to the WWII canon by a masterful author.”
— Paulette Kennedy, author of Parting the Veil

Opium and Absinthe by author Lydia Kang

July 1, 2020 from Lake Union Publishing
Paperback Edition ISBN-13: 978-1542017794
CD Audiobook Edition ISBN: 978-1799755401

Opium and Absinthe by author Lydia Kang

Opium and Absinthe centers on a wealthy young New York heiress battling a morphine addiction and confronting a series of vampire-like slayings after the first publication of Dracula.

New York City, 1899. Tillie Pembroke’s sister lies dead, her body drained of blood and with two puncture wounds on her neck. Bram Stoker’s new novel, Dracula, has just been published, and Tillie’s imagination leaps to the impossible: the murderer is a vampire. But it can’t be—can it?

A ravenous reader and researcher, Tillie has something of an addiction to truth, and she won’t rest until she unravels the mystery of her sister’s death. Unfortunately, Tillie’s addicted to more than just truth; to ease the pain from a recent injury, she’s taking more and more laudanum…and some in her immediate circle are happy to keep her well supplied.

Tillie can’t bring herself to believe vampires exist. But with the hysteria surrounding her sister’s death, the continued vampiric slayings, and the opium swirling through her body, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for a girl who relies on facts and figures to know what’s real—or whether she can trust those closest to her.

Praise for Opium and Absinthe

Opium and Absinthe is a compelling historical fiction that tackles the sensitive subject of opioid addiction in a realistic but compassionate manner. Fans of Kang’s previous work will best appreciate her trademark historical-mystery plot.”
— Booklist Online

“Kang’s whirlwind tour of New York in the Naughty ’90s is worth the price of admission.”
— Publishers Weekly

“An impressively original, inherently fascinating, compulsive page turner of a novel, Lydia Kang knows how to hold her reader’s rapt attention from first page to last.”
— Midwest Book Review

Opium and Absinthe is a compelling historical fiction that tackles the sensitive subject of opioid addiction in a realistic but compassionate manner.”
— Booklist

“Lydia Kang is one of the great virtuosos of the crime genre—a doctor and author, she splits her writing between historical mysteries, popular history, and young adult scifi. Opium and Absinthe takes place in 1899, where an opium-addicted heiress investigates the mysterious death of her sister by puncture wound, even as the popularity of Bram Stoker’s Dracula soars. Well-researched, grounded in the past, and ultra-relevant to today’s opioid epidemic, this one is not to be missed.”
— CrimeReads

“I love that Kang writes intelligent and spunky women, while plunging me into 1800s/1900s NY, and giving me great mysteries with medical history.”
— Book Riot’s Unusual Suspects

“A classic tale of horror is woven into this original and well-written story exploring drug abuse, the fettered role of women in society, and the void between rich and poor in 19th century New York. Filled with intrigue and surprises right to the end. A great read!”
— Gemma Liviero, author of In A Field of Blue

“Fascinating, funny, thrilling and even a little scary, OPIUM AND ABSINTHE is a rare treat. Wonderfully written, and meticulously researched, OPIUM AND ABSINTHE, is a page-turner that left me wanting more.”
— Eoin Dempsey, author of White Rose, Black Forest

The Impossible Girl by author Lydia Kang

Coming September 18, 2018 from Lake Union Publishing.
Paperback Edition ISBN-13: 978-1503903388
CD Audiobook Edition ISBN: 978-1978631298
MP3 Audiobook Edition ISBN: 978-1978631304

Two hearts. Twice as vulnerable.

Manhattan, 1850. Born out of wedlock to a wealthy socialite and a nameless immigrant, Cora Lee can mingle with the rich just as easily as she can slip unnoticed into the slums and graveyards of the city. As the only female resurrectionist in New York, she’s carved out a niche procuring bodies afflicted with the strangest of anomalies. Anatomists will pay exorbitant sums for such specimens—dissecting and displaying them for the eager public.

Cora’s specialty is not only profitable, it’s a means to keep a finger on the pulse of those searching for her. She’s the girl born with two hearts—a legend among grave robbers and anatomists—sought after as an endangered prize.

Now, as a series of murders unfolds closer and closer to Cora, she can no longer trust those she holds dear, including the young medical student she’s fallen for. Because someone has no intention of waiting for Cora to die a natural death.

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Praise for The Impossible Girl

“The characters and the vivid descriptions bring mid-century graveyards to life…Kang places the reader in the midst of Cora’s life.”
— Gumshoe Review

“The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang is an impossibly good read… The writing is beautiful and lyrical, the atmosphere is haunting and the mystery is engaging. Fans of novels with strong heroines, period pieces and/or murder mysteries will all find something to love in this book.”
— Hypable

“The Impossible Girl was exceptional…this book was an easy five stars. Every detail was perfect.”
— Fictionist Magazine

“A cat-and-mouse story of intrigue featuring a strong-willed female protagonist, The Impossible Girl is captivating through and through. Highly recommended, especially for connoisseurs of historical murder mysteries!” 
— Midwest Book Review

“Kang creates a vividly detailed world with so much atmosphere and intricate pieces, that you find yourself feeling like YOU ARE in 1950’s Manhattan.”
— Fangirlish

A Beautiful Poison by author Lydia Kang

August 1, 2017 from Lake Union Publishing
Paperback Edition ISBN-13: 978-1477848876
ASIN: B01N2197RN
CD Audiobook Edition ISBN: 978-1536667868
MP3 Audiobook Edition ISBN: 978-1536667875

Just beyond the Gilded Age, in the mist-covered streets of New York, the deadly Spanish influenza ripples through the city. But with so many victims in her close circle, young socialite Allene questions if the flu is really to blame. All appear to have been poisoned—and every death was accompanied by a mysterious note.

Desperate for answers and dreading her own engagement to a wealthy gentleman, Allene returns to her passion for scientific discovery and recruits her long-lost friends, Jasper and Birdie, for help. The investigation brings her closer to Jasper, an apprentice medical examiner at Bellevue Hospital who still holds her heart, and offers the delicate Birdie a last-ditch chance to find a safe haven before her fragile health fails.

As more of their friends and family die, alliances shift, lives become entangled, and the three begin to suspect everyone—even each other. As they race to find the culprit, Allene, Birdie, and Jasper must once again trust each other, before one of them becomes the next victim.

Praise for A Beautiful Poison

“An intriguing blend of history and suspense, A BEAUTIFUL POISON kept me guessing until the very end. Lydia Kang masterfully conjures up the world of early 20th-century New York, and her characters are appealingly complex, making for plenty of satisfying plot twists. Ultimately, this is far more than a murder mystery: it’s a story about friendship, and the intertwined fates of Allene, Jasper and Birdie will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.” — Elizabeth Blackwell, author of In the Shadow of Lakecrest

“With an erudite cast and mystery as morbid as 1918 New York in the grip of plague, A Beautiful Poison is as intoxicating as its title. Smart, compelling, and deliciously addicting. Kang is a deadly wit.”
— Tosca Lee, NYT Bestselling author of The Progeny and Firstborn

“The perfect blend of mystery, history, and science, Lydia Kang’s A BEAUTIFUL POISON is an entertaining read from beginning to end. A classic whodunnit with a touch of dark humor, Kang’s first adult novel will hopefully not be her last.”
— Jennifer Hillier, author of Creep and Wonderland

“An absolute gem for murder mystery fans, with a perfect period feel and fascinating forensic detail.”
— Lindsay Ashford, author of The Mysterious Death of Ms. Austen and The Woman on the Orient Express

“Full of suspense… jaw-dropping.”
— First for Women

“Lydia Kang… uses her medical background to elegant effect in her historical thriller. She keeps the reader guessing through the final pages and beyond in this most enjoyable tale.”
— Historical Novel Society

“Immersive narrative…and intriguing characters.”
— Lincoln Journal Star