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Crooked Heart Lissa Evans

When Noel Bostock – aged ten, no family – is evacuated from London to escape the Blitz, he winds up in St Albans with Vera Sedge – thiry-six, drowning in debts. Always desperate for money, she’s unscrupulous about how she gets it.
I found this book spellbinding and compelling. The characters were very different from each other and all changed in some way or another during the course of the story. The greatest challenges, of course, were on Noel and Vera, who had to compromise, learn to have empathy and to let another person into their lives. A captivating read.
I received a copy of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Ballroom Anna Hope

1911: Inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors,where men and women are kept apart. It is the story of how John and Ella meet and how they, and Dr Charles Fuller react to that meeting. Overlaying the plot is the historical part of the story, which takes a hard and detailed look at how the poor were regarded and treated at the time.
I found this book spellbinding and compelling. The characters were very different from each other and all changed in some way or another during the course of the story. A captivating read full of obsession, love and revenge. I really couldn’t put this down and would highly recommend it.
I received a copy of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Click on the cover to go to the Amazon UK book page.

 

The Tortured Detective Pirate Irwin

Detective Inspector Lafarge, a former prisoner of war, is sent to investigate the murder of the beautiful young film actress Marguerite Suchet. As Lafarge becomes increasingly repelled by his colleagues’ behaviour towards all those who oppose the Nazis, he must question the allegiances and loyalty of everyone around him…and ultimately his own as well.

Hats off to Mr Irwin for pulling off a complex murder mystery intertwined with the equally complex political situation in France during WWII. I knew very little of the lives of people in Paris during the occupation and found the detail in this novel really interesting. The writing shows the author’s ability to evoke suspense and mystery. A really good crime novel, which is not overshadowed by the sense of place and time it is set in, but complimented by it.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Click the cover to go to the Amazon book page.

 

Agent of Death John Drake

A young and near-genius German scientist has developed a formula for a chemical agent with the potential to wipe out whole cities in one sweep of an aircraft. The staff at Bletchley Park and Downing Street need to know as much as possible about this Mem Tav, and how to eradicate it and the threat it poses. David Landau, a first generation English–Polish Jew, now an officer in the RAF, is tasked with the job of uncovering everything he can about Mem Tav.

This book is a secret nugget of gold amongst the many eBook offerings in the Amazon store. Written in an entirely believable style, with wit, historical realism and not too much scientific or military stuff, this is a tour-de-force of a WWII tale of daring-do and spying. It deserves a wider readership and I have no hesitation in recommending this book. Any chance of more David Landau adventures please Mr Drake?

I received a copy of the novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Click on the cover to go to the Amazon page for this book.

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