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Published by Constable, 9
May 20919. ISBN: 978-1-47212-711-2 (PBO)
the 7th book in this popular series, Mirabelle Bevan is still living
and working in Brighton.She is brooding
over the behaviour of her lover, Superintendent Alan McGregor, and finds
herself attracted to the police doctor, Chris Williams.But, even with work and personal matters to
ponder on, she still notices the young girl sitting on the beach.
discovers that Lali is recuperating at a local convalescent home for children
with respiratory complaints.As they talk,
Father Grogan, a priest attached to the home, comes looking for the girl and
takes her back.The following morning,
however, Lali is sitting opposite Mirabelle’s flat.Mirabelle decides to walk her to the home and
there meets a few of the nurses, including Uma, who looks after Lali.When Father Grogan is murdered shortly after
this, Mirabelle is drawn into the puzzle of what is going on at the home.
more she finds out, the more concerned she becomes and, following a spate of
deaths, she realises that the convalescent home holds the key.The strands of the investigation put her in
danger and she spends a frightening few days’ lost in Brighton’s sewers, before
the solution becomes apparent, with consequences for other aspects of her life.
story has a good sense of place and the atmosphere of the time.Mirabelle and Vesta, her assistant, are
strong, independent and interesting characters and the plot is complex without
being overworked.This is another strong
novel and one that her fans will enjoy.It’s always great for find a new series and the newcomer might like to follow
Mirabelle’s story from the beginning, though the book itself works as a stand-alone
books in this series:Brighton Belle,
London Calling, England Expects, British Bulldog, Operation Goodwood, Russian
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 '26' the campaign for the importance of words. She's taken part in 3
'26 Treasures' exhibitions at the V&A, London, The National Museum of
Scotland and the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. She occasionally blogs
on the Guardian site about her writing life and puts her hand up to being a
'twitter evangelist'. From time to time she appears on radio, most recently
reporting for BBC Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent. Sara is a member of the
Historical Writers Association and the Crime Writers Association. A
self-confessed 'word nerd' her favourite book is 'Water Music' by TC Boyle.
Jo Hesslewood. Crime
fiction has been my favourite reading material since as a teenager I first
spotted Agatha Christie on the library bookshelves.For twenty-five years the commute to and from
London provided plenty of reading time.I am fortunate to live in Cambridge, where my local crime fiction book
club, Crimecrackers, meets at Heffers Bookshop .I enjoy attending crime fiction events and
currently organise events for the Margery Allingham Society.