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Princes Gate [Kindle Edition]

Mark Ellis
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Praise for Princes Gate:
'Nostalgia,sex and intrigue all rolled into one-great!' 50Connect 2011
'A real treat' Hereford Times 2011

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When a brilliant emigré scientist is killed by a hit and run driver and a young woman’s body is washed up in the Thames, Merlin and his team must investigate. The woman is an employee of the American Embassy, whose Ambassador at this time is Joseph Kennedy.

DCI Merlin’s investigation of diplomats at the Embassy ruffles feathers at the Foreign Office – the American Ambassador is a well-known supporter of appeasement and many powerful and influential Britons favour the pursuit of a negotiated peace settlement with Hitler.

The death of another Embassy employee leads Merlin into some of the seedier quarters of wartime London where a corrupt night-club owner, various high-flying diplomats and the Ambassador himself appear to be linked to the events surrounding the deaths.

Merlin has to pursue his detective work under the interfering supervision of an Assistant Metropolitan Commissioner who is fearful about the impact of Merlin’s investigations on Anglo-American relations at a time when America represents to many Britain’s only hope of salvation.

Capturing the atmosphere of Britain in 1940 during the ‘phoney war’ when, although war rages on the Continent, life continues relatively peacefully in Britain, Princes Gate is an enthralling detective novel.


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Praise for Princes Gate and Frank Merlin-
      'Masterly...compelling... One of the most attractive characters to emerge in recent detective-thriller fiction. As an historian I can attest to Ellis's impressive accuracy in his fine descriptions' Bestselling historian Andrew Roberts 2014
      'Nostalgia,sex and intrigue all rolled into one-great!' 50Connect 2011
      'A real treat' Hereford Times 2011
      'Ellis does a wonderful job....Princes Gate is a novel that makes you want to read-you can't ask more from a book' Milo's Rambles 2011
      'A memorable trip down history's lane' Crime Squad 2011
      'An interesting character and era, and I'd like to read more' Author Adrian Magson in Shotsmag 2011
      
       

About the Author

Mark Ellis is a Welsh thriller writer from Swansea and is a former barrister and entrepreneur. He is the creator of Frank Merlin, an Anglo-Spanish police detective operating in World War 2 London. Princes Gate(Frank Merlin 1) was published in 2011 and Stalin's Gold(Frank Merlin 2) was published in March 2014.
The author's website is at markellisauthor.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 601 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (July 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CQ8FZY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Start for Frank Merlin August 24, 2011
Format:Paperback
Princes Gate a Frank Merlin Novel by Mark Ellis is a promise by the author that there is more to follow. A well selected genre and an interesting period in history is the beginning for well boiled detective Frank Merlin. The book has everything you would expect in a good detective novel and has a lovely twist by incorporating years of history with well known characters and events. This device adds realism to the story and you find yourself wondering if parts of the story are ripped from the archives of the police basement.

Thanks to first time author Mark Ellis, I encourage him to follow quickly with more adventures of Frank Merlin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Whodunit Mystery February 24, 2012
By Donna
Format:Paperback
Reading this novel transported me back in time of history when real detective work got the mystery solved. The places,events & characters were surreal which made reading all the more intriguing. Good story with a great ending.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gumshoe Novel November 15, 2011
Format:Paperback
Princes Gate offers a riveting story of Murder, Mystery, and intrigue. I found myself wrapped up in the story and yearning for more. I'm looking forward to the authors future novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Starts a bit slowly, but stick with it May 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A very good piece of work--a little of the pulp side, perhaps a bit along the lines of the Nameless Detective series. If you like those, you'll like this one, I suspect. Author handles the atmosphere of London in the "phony war" period very well. Hope to see more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sleaze, slime, love it July 3, 2014
Format:Paperback
Books about London are always enjoyable and a crime mystery set in London increases the pleasure. Put the story into London during the Phoney War between the declaration of hostilities and the Blitzkrieg and you have the makings of a story rife with potential.
Mr. Ellis has created an interesting hero, Frank Merlin, who is investigating two murders that have common threads- they all lead back to the American Embassy which, at the time, is headed by Joseph Kennedy, father of JFK.
Mr. Kennedy was a man with a shadowy past and questionable friends. He was not the only one in this book with secrets, intrigues and scandals. As Merlin and his team unravel the sordid mess, he finds a spider's web of sleaze and slime from Soho to the highest ranks. This is a good story that builds nicely and even has a rather satisfying resolution for one of the nastier characters.
Merlin is an interesting character as are his supporting cast at the Yard. Since this is a first book, let's hope we can catch up with our hero again in future efforts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric 1940s English police procedural. June 22, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The cold winter of late January 1940, sees Scotland Yard already suffering manpower shortages due to men volunteering for the war which is to come with Germany. Within the force Detective Chief Inspector Frank Merlin is chaffing from having his request turned down to join up so the distraction of having a new case come up is just what he needs. Unfortunately it means that he has to investigate the murder of a beautiful young woman whose body is found floating in the river. Before Merlin and his forces can solve this mystery they continually brush up against political privilege in both the Foreign Office and the American Embassy and a sleazy underbelly of crime in London.

The feelings of political unease and uncertainty for those in Britain waiting to see how Germany would move against them is very well depicted in this novel. Watching the police proceed with their investigations gave me a feeling of what a strange limbo citizens were in and how confusing it must have been to understand the political maneuvering of officials, both foreign and British. It was an interesting addition to have the author include American Ambassador Joseph Kennedy's efforts to influence decisions made at this time. I also enjoyed meeting the main character who had the added dimension of being the son of a Spanish sheep shepherd which made him a little different from the usual depiction of a Scotland Yard policeman.

I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
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Mark Ellis is a Welsh thriller writer from Swansea and is a former barrister and entrepreneur. He is the creator of Frank Merlin, an Anglo-Spanish police detective operating in World War 2 London. Princes Gate(Frank Merlin 1) was published in 2011 and Stalin's Gold(Frank Merlin 2) is being published on March 1 2014. His author website is at http://markellisauthor.com

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