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Fiona Davis Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Dollhouse (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Address (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Masterpiece (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chelsea Girls (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Author Fiona Davis was born in Canada and grew up in Texas, New Jersey, and Utah. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism as well as the College of William and Mary.

Fiona loves nothing more than hitting the farmers markets on the weekends to find the perfect tomato, and going to foreign cities that are steeped in rich history, like Cartagena and London.

She began her career as an actress in New York City, where she worked on Broadway, in regional theater, and off-Broadway. After ten years, she switched careers, working as a writer and editor, specializing in theater, health, nutrition, fitness, and dance.

Her debut novel was released in the year 2016, and is called “The Dollhouse”. Fiona’s work is from the genres of historical and historical mystery.

“The Dollhouse” is the first stand alone novel, which was released in the year 2016. Darby McLaughlin arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in the year 1952, with her secretarial school enrollment in hand, and she is everything that her modeling agency hall mates are not. Plain, homesick, self-conscious, and convinced that she does not belong, which is an idea the models do absolutely nothing to correct.

She befriends a Barbizon maid, named Esme, she is introduced to a whole new side of New York City. The startling sounds of bebop, the seedy jazz clubs downtown where the music is equally addictive as the heroin people use there, and the chance of romance.

Over fifty years later, the Barbizon has been turned into a condo, and many of the long-ago guests have been forgotten. Rumors of Darby’s involvement in some deadly skirmish with a hotel maid in 1952 haunt the building’s halls just like the melancholy music that floats down from the old woman’s rent-controlled apartment.

It is a combination that is much too intoxicating for Rose Lewin, a journalist and Darby’s upstairs neighbor, to resist. It is also the perfect distraction from the imploding thing she calls her social life. While Rose’s obsession only gets deeper, the ethics of her investigation get more and more murky. Neither woman is going to be unchanged once the final shocking truth is revealed.

“The Address” is the second stand alone novel, which was released in the year 2017. Sara Smythe meets an architect working on a grand apartment house in New York called the Dakota and it leads to a job offer. Her world is awash in possibility all of a sudden, which is no mean feat for just a servant in the year 1884. It is a chance to move to America. It is a chance to become the female manager of the Dakota. It is a chance to see more of Theodore, someone who understands Sara like no one else does, although he also lives in the Dakota with his three young kids and wife.

A century later, Bailey Camden is desperate to find some new opportunities. Newly out of rehab, this former interior designer is penniless, jobless, and homeless. Bailey’s grandpa was once the ward of the famed architect Theodore Camden, but Bailey is not going to see a penny of the Camden’s huge estate. Instead, her “cousin” Melinda, who is Theo’s biological great-granddaughter, is going to inherit almost the whole thing. Melinda offers Bailey the chance to oversee the renovation of her Dakota apartment, Bailey jumps at the chance, despite how much she does not like the vision Melinda has for it.

The renovation is going to take all of the character the apartment that Theodore Camden himself was a resident of before dying after he was stabbed multiple times by a former employee of the Dakota that had spent time in an insane asylum, a woman named Sara Smythe.

A hundred years apart, both Bailey and Sara are tempted by and struggle against all of the excess of their respective ages. For Sara, it is the opulence from a world that is ruled by the Astors and the Vanderbilts. For Bailey, it is the nightlife’s cocaine and drinks that flow freely and take their refuge in the Upper West Side’s golden fortresses. A building with a rich, and often tragic, history like the Dakota’s is unable to hide its secrets forever. What Bailey is able to find inside might turn everything that she thought she believed about Theodore Camden, as well as the woman that stabbed him to death all on its head.

“The Masterpiece” is the third stand alone novel, which was released in the year 2018. Just about every New Yorker sees the Grand Central Terminal as a masterpiece of design and a crown jewel. For Virginia Clay and Clara Darden, it represents something quite different.

The terminal is the stepping stone to Clara’s future. The year is 1928, and Clara is a teacher at the acclaimed Grand Central School of Art. Not even the school’s prestige is able to override the disdain the public has for a “woman artist”. Fiery Clara is bound and determined in her quest to achieve every creative success she can, while she juggles the affections of two vastly different guys. She and her bohemian buddies have got no idea that they are soon going to be blindsided by the coming Great Depression. Even things like hunger and poverty is going to do very little in order to prepare Clara for the bigger tragedy that is about to come.

By the time the year 1974 comes around, the terminal has declined almost as much as Virginia Clay’s life. Dangerous and in ruins, the Grand Central is in the middle of a nasty lawsuit. Is this formerly great building a cancer that should be torn down, or a landmark that must be preserved? To Virginia, the place is just her last resort. She has recently gotten divorced, and has just gotten a job in the information booth so that she can support both herself and Ruby, her college-age daughter.

Virginia finds an abandoned art school inside the terminal and finds a striking watercolor, her eyes become opened to the elegance that lies underneath all the decay. She goes off on a quest in order to locate the artist of this unsigned masterpiece. It is a chase that pulls Virginia not just into the fight to save Grand Central but also deep into the mystery on Clara Darden, who is the fame illustrator from the twenties that vanished from history in the year 1931.

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