It’s 1951 and Mirabelle Bevan, former clerk for the British Secret Service during World War II, has moved to Brighton and now manages the office for a small-time debt collector. One day while her boss is home ill, she accepts a case for him, which sends her off into a whirlwind of adventure. The case is supposed to be pretty open-and-shut: Romana Laszlo, a young pregnant woman from Hungary owes some money. But when Mirabelle finds out that Romana and her baby have suddenly died, she begins to suspect that there is more to the story. When she meets Romana’s sister, her suspicions deepen, and she determines that she has to know what is really going down in Brighton. Mirabelle and her friend, Vesta, will face bigotry, danger, and adventure as they search for the truth.
Just like a catchy tune, I really enjoyed this book and kind of wanted to hit the back button and read it again when the end came. I read it on my flight(s) to Florida, and it truly made the time go faster! I was transferred to the post-World War II British seaside and reveled in it. It was easy to read with multi-layered characters and enough plot twists to keep me involved in the story. And Mirabelle was great: a 21st century woman stuck in the 1950s. She reminded me of the characters on the BBC show “Bletchley Circle” – a former British Secret Servicewoman whose skills are not being used in her relatively dull current life, but who flourishes when she can utilize those skills again. And flourish she did – from a shrinking violet, whose most daring move was sitting in a beach chair without paying, to a Venus flytrap, catching the bad guys and showing the cops who’s boss!
I’d definitely recommend this book. It would make a fabulous book club selection!
Many thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the free copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂