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Princes Gate (A DCI Frank Merlin novel Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Detective Frank Merlin is stuck in the police force at Scotland Yard, when he really wants to be in service for his beloved England on the battlefield of WWII. But crime does not stop in war, and with Scotland Yard low on man power, Merlin is forced to stay.
A young woman, in the employ of the American Embassy, has been found murdered in the river. Merlin and Sargent Sam Bridges begin questioning the staff of the Embassy, but they must tread lightly to avoid tensions between the Americans and English. When yet another employee of the Embassy is found murdered, things start to escalate. Merlin discovers that there is more to this case than meets the eye.
This book is a different type of detective novel because it is not solely focused on Merlin. There are a wide range of characters, Merlin himself has a team of four. Not to mention all the insights we get from the suspects. The story really shows Merlin's team working together to solve this case. I really enjoyed Ellis's spin on a detective novel and cannot wait to read more.
An emigre scientist is killed in a hit and run accident. Then a woman is murdered and thrown into the Thames.
There's nothing to connect them, even when the woman is found to be an employee of the American Embassy in London, whose absent ambassador is none other than Joseph Kennedy.
Then another Embassy employee is killed, and Merlin finds himself up to the eyeballs in sex and blackmail, and having to go up against even his boss to interrogate Embassy personnel. (No one wants to make waves with the Americans.)
This mystery is right-on about the atmosphere of England in those pre-war days, and dragging in Kennedy makes it more interesting to us Americans.
"Princes Gate" is well written, generally fast paced though there a few lags in the story. The characters are well drawn and interesting, and the tension that is slowly building in pre-Blitz London is well described. I will read the next book in the series and hope that it is a bit faster paced and perhaps set in a slightly later and more interesting period of the London WWII years. This is a good start to such a series but in my books it is not close to the excellent series written by John Lawton.
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So i gave it a 5 Stars.