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September, 1940. The sun is shining, and in the midst of the good weather Londoners could be mistaken for forgetting their country was at war - until the familiar wail of the air-raid sirens heralds an enemy attack. 

The Blitz has started, and normal life has abruptly ended - but crime has not. That night a man's body is discovered in an unmarked van in the back streets of West Ham. When Detective Inspector John Jago is called to the scene, he recognises the victim: local justice of the peace Charles Villiers. The death looks suspicious, but then a German bomb obliterates all evidence. War or no war, murder is still murder, and it's Jago's job to find the truth.

©2015 Mike Hollow (P)2020 Soundings

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  • Janet
  • 2022-02-11

My new favorite detective

I really enjoyed the first in the series. Great story and I like the characters. Set during early WWII. Deceive was in first WW1 and shares stories of that rra too. may be a budding romance.

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  • Richard K Lutz
  • 2022-02-28

Can's stay on one story

If you enjoy political commentaries that clearly use the past to demonstrate the inequalities of today, this is the book for you. Why can't people just write a good mystery?

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 2021-05-23

average mystery

To me, this was a historical WWII novel, with a little romance, and not as much of mystery as I would like. The narrator made it easy to enjoy.