Review: London Calling

London Calling

This is the second in the Mirabelle Bevan mystery series. You can read my review for the first book, Brighton Belle, HERE.

SUMMARY

In the years following World War II, former Secret Service employee Mirabelle Bevan has found a refuge in the quiet coastal town of Brighton. But she can’t seem to resist an attraction to danger and a thirst for justice . . .

1952: Eighteen-year-old debutante Rose Bellamy Gore was last seen outside a Soho jazz club in the company of a saxophone player named Lindon Claremont. Now her mysterious disappearance is front-page news in the London tabloids.

When Lindon turns up the next day in Brighton, desperately seeking help, Mirabelle counsels him to cooperate with the authorities. After the local police take the musician into custody and ship him off to Scotland Yard, Mirabelle and her best friend, Vesta Churchill, hop a train to London in search of the truth.

As they scour smoky jazz clubs searching for clues to the deb’s disappearance, they descend into a sinister underworld where the price of admission can be one’s life. Mirabelle will need to draw on her espionage skills to improvise her way out of a disappearing act of her own . . .

Length: 256 Pages

Publisher: Kensington

Release Date: March 28, 2017

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sara Sheridan

“History is a treasure chest which contains not only facts and figures, archive material and artefacts 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.

REVIEW

If you read my review for the first book in the Mirabelle Bevan mystery series, Brighton Belle, you’ll know that I liked it, even if I didn’t love it. I hoped this second book would build on the characters with a fantastic story and help me get excited for Mirabelle’s future adventures.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The plot was weak and I didn’t really care what happened as the story progressed. There were too many happy coincidences, and for a mystery, felt dry and flat. One-dimensional, if you will.

The characters were too simple as well. I hoped that Mirabelle’s character would become more developed, but instead she did stupid things (like breaking into people’s homes) for seemingly no reason (though she is supposedly an intelligent person). The supporting characters didn’t do much to help with that. They were contradictory, not at all consistent in what they did.

Overall, I am going to give this one 2 out of 5 stars. Alas, I think it will be my last Mirabelle Bevan novel.

AVAILABILITY

LONDON CALLING is available digitally and in hardcover. You can read more reviews and/or purchase it by clicking on the image below. Happy Reading!

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