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Published by Lion Fiction,
March 2018. ISBN 978-1-78264-257-2
This is the fourth in Mike Hollow’s series about WW2
on the Home Front. He uses the title of The Blitz Detective for his
series. The atmosphere of London during the Blitz of 1940 is well
conveyed with individual details really providing the modern reader with a
sense of what it was like.
The story, as in previous books,
refers to genuine events - in this case the ‘Soho Strangler’ of the 30s and
political terrorism. Inspector Jago is a old fashioned detective who
reaches results through dogged persistence. His assistant, Peter Cradock,
is an ingenuous young man who needs mentoring by the experienced Jago.
As a survivor of the WW1 trenches Jago’s personal hang-ups, as he endures
another war and a war where death rains down from the skies and affects
civilians and soldiers, men and women, are considerable.
The investigation concerns a woman
found strangled with a nylon stocking. Jago has to discard his
preconceptions about her situation before he can find the murderer. As
always, the tale is well plotted, admirably historically accurate and
Jennifer S. Palmer
Previous books in the series are Direct Hit, Fifth Column and Enemy
Mike Hollow was
born in West Ham, on the eastern edge of London, and grew up in Romford, Essex.
He studied Russian and French at the University of Cambridge and then worked
for the BBC and later Tearfund. In 2002 he went freelance as a copywriter,
journalist and editor. He's a published poet, and nowadays when not writing
about the The Blitz Detective he makes his living as a translator.
my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my
15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.