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1951, Brighton. With the excitement of the war over and the Nazis brought to justice, Mirabelle Bevan, ex-Secret Service, moves to the seaside to put the past behind her. She takes a job as a secretary at a debt collection agency run by Big Ben McGuigan, but when confronted by the case of Romana Laszlo, a pregnant Hungarian refugee, Mirabelle discovers that her specialist knowledge is vital.

With enthusiastic assistance from the pretty insurance clerk down the corridor, Vesta Churchill, Mirabelle follows a mysterious trail of gold sovereigns, betting scams and bodies to a dark corner of Austerity Britain where forces of evil remain.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this book

Little bit far fetched in parts but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Eagerly looked forward to each chapter.

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Mirabelle discovers many talents and makes a new friend

Slow to get started but gradually picks up pace, racing to an exciting finale.
Wow! Who knew that Brighton was such a den of vice in the post war period? Ex Secret Service secretary Mirabelle Bevan uncovers an extensive crime ring which includes much nastiness (no spoilers here) with the help of fellow clerk and then friend, Vesta Churchill. The duo are very underestimated and patronised by local police chief Detective Inspector Alan McGregor. Actually, all the female characters are!!
Large body count.
Lots of detail of life at the time - clothes, food, attitudes, Brighton itself, transport, weapons.
I ended up enjoying this and would try another in the series.

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  • 24-04-17

Enjoyable Historical Crime Caper

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A nicely structured narrative with interesting characters set in an era that has always intrigued me. There were a couple of twists and turns in the story but I found some of the plot a little predictable. There is a developing crime solving partnership and friendship between two women at the centre of the action which is promising for the future. There are a few quite judgemental attitudes, including towards sex workers, that are expressed by the author. It is not clear if this is part of the setting the scene, the author's opinions or both.

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  • 14-05-18

Good story, bad presentation

The listing for this title is inaccurate. It states it is narrated by Penelope Freeman, but it is the author who narrates as is stated in the recording. Sara Sheridan is a talented author, but she should NOT narrate. She speaks too fast, does not differentiate between characters and everything runs together. I'm sure she knows her story better than anyone else, but she simply destroys the experience of the story. Very disappointed.

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