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Carol Polcovar’s Historical Mystery “A Murder On Allen Street” Will be Exhibited at the 2023 Guadalajara International Book Fair

A young immigrant factory worker is determined to find the murderer of her co-worker and friend but faces the complex, corrupt and power driven world of 19th century New York City.


“A fresh and mind-blowing take on the coming-of-age genre. Murder on Allen Street is a gripping story that keeps you engaged till the last turn of the page. Mesmerizing.” - Ronald Graham, Reader Review

Carol Polcovar’s “A Murder on Allen Street” will find its shelf through the self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet’s exhibit at the 2023 Guadalajara International Book Fair. The book fair will take place from November 25 to December 3, 2023, at the Expo Guadalajara Convention Center, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

The Guadalajara International Book Fair, also known as the Feria Internacíonal del Libro de Guadalajara, is one of the largest book fairs in the world. It is second only to Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurter Buchmesse) in Germany. It is also the most important cultural event of its kind in the Spanish-speaking world. The book event features a country or a region as the year’s guest of honor.

“A Murder On Allen Street” follows Rivka Lenski, a Russian-Jewish immigrant and an orphan who cannot read or write in English. Her days in the city of New York are spent in survival mode. When her friend and coworker, Frieda Baum, is found murdered in unsavory circumstances, Rivka vows to find the murderer and bring justice to her friend’s devastated family.

Rivka’s search for her friend’s killer leads her to the diverse and complex world of corruption, racism, and crime. It also brings her face to face with the intertwined worlds of this New York, from the glorious mansions of Gramercy Park to the haunts of ambitious prostitutes and entertainers, into the lives of women who love each other as well as informants and pickpockets, while growing stronger and more aware of a world she had never noticed before.

Get a copy of Carol Polcovar’s “A Murder on Allen Street” on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Learn more about the author and her work at

Visit the ReadersMagnet exhibit at booths GG38 and GG40 at the Guadalajara International Book Fair 2023 to view the book’s display.

Author’s Biography
Carol Polcovar grew up in Coney Island, New York. The summer amusement park atmosphere shaped her interests. Her father, an immigrant often talked about his life on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. An actor, his dramatization of that life intrigued her. Ms. Polcovar holds an MA in history and taught the subject. Her writing career began in poetry. She received an MFA in poetry studying with John Ashbery. Her work has been published in several literary magazines including the Partisan Review. She is also an award-winning playwright whose work has been seen in NYC, Italy and Hawaii. Ms. Polcovar is now writing historical mystery novels featuring New York City in the 19th century.

“A Murder on Allen Street”
Author| Carol Polcovar
Genre| Historical Mystery, Thriller
Publisher| Fulton Books
Published Date| 2023

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