Absolutely delighted to be on the blog tour for this book
On a bright Sunday morning in Hawaii, Japanese planes swoop down and attack the US naval base at Pearl Harbour. America enters the war and Britain no longer stands alone against Hitler.
Conditions on the home front remain bleak.
In a city pulverised by the Blitz, with rampant crime and corruption and overstretched police resources, life for Scotland Yard detective Frank Merlin continues as arduous as ever.
In the week of Japan’s aggression, the shattered body of beautiful film star Laura Curzon is found on the pavement beneath her Mayfair apartment, an apparent suicide. A mile away, the body of a strangled young girl is discovered in the rubble of a bombed-out building.
Merlin and his team investigate, encountering fraudulent film moguls, philandering movie stars, depraved Satanists and brutal gangsters as they battle through a wintry London in pursuit of the truth.
Wow! Well just as I think I’ve completed my Outstanding Books Of The Year list, up pops another book that will be on the list.
This book ticks so many boxes of my literary loves and favourites – historical fiction of WW2 vintage – murder mystery of the older kind before mobile phones and CCTV – that I really need to read the others in the series. Lord knows where I’ve been to miss the others by this author. Can be read as a stand alone but probably best to read the preceding books in the series
WW2 – I too grew up under the shadow of my parents’ experiences during the war. My father was a Royal Marines veteran and my mother’s home in Liverpool was bombed flat during the blitz of Liverpool. That time period has always been of interest to me.
The historical detail in this book is amazing and absolutely spot on. Although I wasn’t there at the time. I was brought up with anecdotes of everyday life albeit a different city The author writes with such an authentic feel for the era and indeed for every day life, warts and all throughout the war. Excellent writing.
I’ve been itching to post about this book but had to wait for my tour date.
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