Velvet Was The Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Q: Do you cover buy?
Velvet Was The Night
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Pub Date: 8/17/21
This cover is gorgeous and is so captivating! I love it!

This book had multiple POV between Maite who is going through a rough patch and looking for her neighbor who left her with her cat and watching her apartment but has just disappeared.

And Elvis who is also looking for the neighbor, Leonora but he is part of the Hawk’s a group of thugs. Oh yes and there are secret police. those scary guys.

They are all looking for a camera. Oh yes, this book is set in the 1970’s so this is a camera with film.

But really I think our two main characters are looking for human interaction and the meaning of life other than what life has thrown at them so far!

This story takes from a real life incident in Mexico City in the 70s and talks about this group called the Hawks that the CIA trained. Always read the authors note. 

Thank you random house and net galley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.


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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