Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE SPECTACULAR by Fiona Davis


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE SPECTACULAR by Fiona Davis.  I was so excited when I saw Davis on social media talking about this upcoming release because 1) I’ve been working my way through her backlist and only have one book left so I’ll need new reading material from her soon, and 2) this means that all of my favorite historical fiction authors have new books coming out in 2023!  Davis’ new one sounds great too. I always enjoy how her books center on iconic buildings in NYC and there aren’t many that are more iconic than Radio City Music Hall!



Publication Date:  June 13, 2023 by Dutton

From Goodreads:

New York Times bestselling author Fiona Davis transports us back to 1950s Manhattan and the glamorous Radio City Music Hall. . . .

New York City, 1956: Nineteen-year-old Marion is over the moon to have been selected to be one of the Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall’s glamorous precision-dancing troupe. It’s an honor to perform in the world’s most spectacular theater, an art deco masterpiece. But with four shows a day as well as grueling rehearsals, not to mention exacting standards of perfection to live up to, Marion quickly realizes that the life of a Rockette has both extraordinary highs and devastating lows.

Then one night a bomb explodes in the theater. It’s only the latest in a string of explosions around the city orchestrated by a person the press has nicknamed the “Big Apple Bomber.” They have been terrorizing the citizens of New York for sixteen years by planting bombs in popular, crowded spaces. With the public in an uproar over the lack of any real leads after a yearslong manhunt, the police, at Marion’s urging, turn in desperation to a radical new technique: psychological profiling.

As Marion finds herself pulled deeper into the investigation, she realizes that as much as she’s been training herself to blend in—performing in perfect unison with all the other identical Rockettes—if she hopes to catch the bomber, she’ll need to stand out and take a terrifying risk. But she may be forced to sacrifice everything she’s worked for, as well as the people she loves the most.

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

10 replies
  1. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    I have never read anything by Davis, but I love the setting. The first concert I went to (Tears for Fears) was at Radio City Music Hall, though it wasn’t like it was back in its heyday (which I think includes the time period of the book)

  2. Carla
    Carla says:

    I didn’t realize there was a new Fiona Davis book coming out. I still have to read the last one, but I love her books. Thanks for the heads up, Suzanne.

  3. Mica - Away From The Blue
    Mica - Away From The Blue says:

    I don’t usually enjoy historical fiction books but this sounds like a really gripping story, I can see why you are looking forward to reading it! 🙂

    Hope you are having a great weekend! We went to a fun pool party yesterday 🙂

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