Everyone loves a good heroine, the kind you love to hate or hate to love, who mixes up all the feelings surrounding her. We have a few books coming up that feature femme fatales with questionable morals and ulterior motives but whom you just can’t help rooting for anyway.
The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson stars the enigmatic Liana, a woman you immediately know from the title is not your average girl. The story follows George as Liana reappears in his life after twenty years on the run from the feds for one definite count of murder, and possibly another. She has stolen money from a former, not-quite-law-abiding lover but now wants to return it to ensure her safety, and she needs George to deliver it. Because of their prior relationship, George agrees and is soon dragged into a whirlwind of violence, passion, and greed. Available on Edelweiss.
We have a true-life femme fatale in Priscilla, by Nicholas Shakespeare. In this biography, Nicholas stumbles upon a trunk full of his late aunt’s old love letters and diaries which show her to be a glamorous, beautiful, and morally ambiguous woman—overy different from the one he remembered as a child. Nicholas learns about friendships betrayed, lovers abandoned, and an escape from a German prisoner-of-war camp in occupied France. This book asks us to consider what we might do to survive in similar circumstances. Check it out on Edelweiss.
Josephine Marcus Earp is the Lady at the O.K. Corral, by Ann Kirschner. Kirschner tells the story of how an aspiring actress and dancer from New York became the common-law wife of the famous Western lawman and gambler, Wyatt Earp. Josephine was a woman at home in the deserts of the American Southwest and the boomtowns of the Alaskan Gold Rush, in opulent hotels and rough mining camps. Kirschner paints an engaging portrait of this vivacious and versatile woman who ensnared a legend.
These beautiful, powerful women want some attention, and they get what they want.