Review: Brighton Belle

Calling all lovers of Historical Fiction and Mystery…

brighton belle


In post-World War II England, former Secret Service operative Mirabelle Bevan becomes embroiled in a new kind of intrigue…

1951: In the popular seaside town of Brighton, it’s time for Mirabelle Bevan to move beyond her tumultuous wartime years and start anew. Accepting a job at a debt collection agency seems a step toward a more tranquil life.

But as she follows up on a routine loan to Romana Laszlo, a pregnant Hungarian refugee who’s recently come off the train from London, Mirabelle’s instincts for spotting deception are stirred when the woman is reported dead, along with her unborn child.

After encountering a social-climbing doctor with a sudden influx of wealth and Romana’s sister, who seems far from bereaved and doesn’t sound Hungarian, Mirabelle decides to dig deeper into the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death. Aided by her feisty sidekick–a fellow office worker named Vesta Churchill (“no relation to Winston,” as she explains)–Mirabelle unravels a web of evil that stretches from the Brighton beachfront to the darkest corners of Europe. Putting her own life at risk, she must navigate a lethal labyrinth of lies and danger to expose the truth.

Length: 256 Pages

Publisher: Kensington

Release Date: March 29, 2016

About the Author:

Sara Sheridan

“History is a treasure chest which contains not only facts and figures, archive material and artifacts but stories. I love the stories.”
Sara Sheridan was born in Edinburgh and studied at Trinity College, Dublin. She works in a wide range of media and genres. Tipped in Company and GQ magazines, she has been nominated for a Young Achiever Award. She has also received a Scottish Library Award and was shortlisted for the Saltire Book Prize. She sits on the committee for the Society of Authors in Scotland (where she lives) and on the board of UK-wide writers’ collective ’26’ the campaign for the importance of words. She blogs on the Guardian site about her writing life and puts her hand up to being a ‘twitter evangelist’. She also appears, occasionally on BBC Radio, most recently on Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent, talking about Estonian independence on one occasion and human rights in UAE on another. She mentors writers for the Scottish Book Trust. Sara is also a member of the Historical Writers’ Association (for Secret of the Sands and The Secret Mandarin) and the Crime Writers’ Association (for the Mirabelle Bevan Mystery series). A self-confessed ‘word nerd’ her favourite book is ‘Water Music’ by TC Boyle.


Brighton Belle was a fun and interesting read, but, for me, it didn’t reach its potential. For one, I did not feel the characters were developed enough for me to really care about them. The main character, Mirabelle, was a secret service operative during the war, but we learn very little about this during the story. It just seems to come up occasionally when it is convenient for her to do or remember something from the war days.

Another thing was the plot, which was a bit convoluted and confusing. I was especially disappointed with the ending, which seemed out of place and left me feeling like something was missing.

All in all, it was a fun mystery, especially if you like both historical fiction and mystery novels. And after you read it yourself, who knows, you may think I’m completely off base in my review. But I am giving it 3 out of 5 Stars.

Content (o being none and 5 being A LOT):

Language: 0

Violence: 2

Some violence, but nothing graphic

Sexual: 1

An occasional sexual reference, but nothing to blush at


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Happy Reading!!!