1951, Brighton. With the excitement of the war over and the Nazis brought to justice, Mirabelle Bevan, ex-Secret Service, moves to the seaside to put the past behind her. She takes a job as a secretary at a debt collection agency run by Big Ben McGuigan, but when confronted by the case of Romana Laszlo, a pregnant Hungarian refugee, Mirabelle discovers that her specialist knowledge is vital.
With enthusiastic assistance from the pretty insurance clerk down the corridor, Vesta Churchill, Mirabelle follows a mysterious trail of gold sovereigns, betting scams and bodies to a dark corner of Austerity Britain where forces of evil remain.
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Enjoyable Historical Crime Caper
A nicely structured narrative with interesting characters set in an era that has always intrigued me. There were a couple of twists and turns in the story but I found some of the plot a little predictable. There is a developing crime solving partnership and friendship between two women at the centre of the action which is promising for the future. There are a few quite judgemental attitudes, including towards sex workers, that are expressed by the author. It is not clear if this is part of the setting the scene, the author's opinions or both.