“It’s amazing how authentic this voice sounds for the ’20s period. It has all the qualities of a Gatsby book but with killer vines. Which is actually what I found lacking in all of Gatsby’s work.” ★★★★★ (GoodReads Review)
– Luke Kondor (author, One to Five Million, Take the Crovus)
“The book Madeleine Swann was born to write! 1920s New York is being attacked from the outside by killer Vines and from the inside by something even more nefarious, and plucky society-page reporter Dolly Preston is getting tangled up in both! The Vine that Ate the Starlet is utterly charming and great fun—you haven’t read anything like it!”
– Amy M. Vaughn (author, Freak Night at the Sleez-e Motel)
“The Vine that Ate the Starlet, Madeleine Swann’s novel of manners, is an exciting tale set in 1920s New York following an investigative reporter, killer vines, and a lethal conspiracy. It’s a bizarro take on The Great Gatsby wrapped in a stylish package that only Swann could deliver. Stay out in the sunlight and let the vines devour you. What’s not to love?” ★★★★★ (GoodReads Review)
– Andrew J. Stone (author, The Ultimate Dinosaur Dance-Off, All Hail the House Gods)
In NewYork, 1923, Dolly is a gossip columnist in a world overrun by man-eating plants.
She lives a life of glitz, glamor, and blackmail. That is until she finds a guest at a party dead – half-eaten by the deadly Vines. The girl’s death leads her into a conspiracy of doomed starlets, shady PR Agencies, and an overzealous Immigration Bureau.