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The Automobile Assassination: A 1940s mystery (The Erdington Mysteries Book 2) Kindle Edition
A 1940s mystery
Erdington, September 1944
As events in Europe begin to turn in favour of the Allies, Chief Inspector Mason of Erdington Police Station is once more prevailed upon to solve a seemingly impossible case.
Called to the local mortuary where a man’s body lies, shockingly bent double and lacking any form of identification, Mason and O’Rourke find themselves at Castle Bromwich aerodrome seeking answers that seem out of reach to them. The men and women of the royal air force stationed there are their prime suspects. Or are they? Was the man a spy, killed on the orders of some higher authority, or is the place his body was found irrelevant? And why do none of the men and women at the aerodrome recognise the dead man?
Mason, fearing a repeat of the cold case that dogged his career for two decades and that he’s only just solved, is determined to do all he can to uncover the identity of the dead man, and to find out why he was killed and abandoned in such a bizarre way, even as Smythe demands he spends his time solving the counterfeiting case that is leaving local shopkeepers out of pocket.
Join Mason and O’Rourke as they once more attempt to solve the impossible in 1940s Erdington.
Praise for The Custard CorpsesPraise for The Automobile Assassination
"Excellent plot, great story, had me gripped loved the ending and was left wanting more. The book title made me smile and I did wonder why such a title read the book & you will see why."
"Don't start this one before you go to bed, you'll be up all night wanting to read "just one more chapter." Great read not to be missed." Netgalley Reviewer
"I loved this unmissable book! It was impossible to walk away from. I literally caught myself holding my breath a few times. There are so many interesting bits I'm dying to mention but won't! All mystery readers definitely need to read this. I cannot possibly recommend it enough and am salivating at the mention of the next." Netgalley Reviewer
"This has a fabulous plot, is suspenseful, tense & totally unputdownable. Full of unexpected twists & turns, this was an absolute gem of a book & I'm so glad I was given the opportunity to read it before publication. I'm on the understanding that this is the authors first foray into writing a mystery, let's hope this isn't the last." Netgalley Reviewer
"MJ Porter created a masterful plot full of suspense and twists that kept me up reading late into the night." Netgalley Reviewer
"MJ has yet again created a wonderful masterful plot which is full of suspenseful twists that kept me enthralled and reading." Advance Reader Review
"An entertaining and well-written historical mystery with its cast of likeable and varied characters. A good addition to this series, which can easily be read as a standalone story." Netgalley Reviewer
Meet the Author
M J Porter writes historical fiction set before 1066. Usually. This is M J's second foray into the historical mystery genre and the twentieth century. M J writes A LOT, you've been warned.
Find MJ @coloursofunison or at www.mjporterauthor.com or at www.mjporterauthor.blog where M J blog's about books and films and sometimes, writing!
From the Publisher
The Erdington Mysteries
The Erdington Mysteries
The Custard Corpses
In the dark days of World War II, a cold case will send Chief Inspector Mason scurrying through dusty files in his quest to finally bring a killer to justice.
The Automobile Assassination
Mason and O'Rourke are tasked with solving the mysterious death of an unidentified body in the local mortuary.
- ASIN : B09JCFPBQ1
- Publisher : M J Publishing (November 25, 2021)
- Publication date : November 25, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 6564 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 253 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #303,044 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Chief Inspector Sam Mason and Constable O’Rourke are tasked to help Sergeant Jones work a counterfeiting scam in wartime Erdington, September, 1944 to be precise, as “The Automobile Assassination” opens. He’s had to take the case over from the sergeant, who’s not happy. But the Super needs some movement on the fake ration coupon case, and so the decision’s been made.
But that becomes a moot point, as something else comes up, one that will more closely involve his track record on extraordinary cases (a carry-over from the first book, “The Custard Corpses” – which gets explained for you at the beginning of this second book). A dead body’s been found out by the local RAF air base. One bent in a very unusual position. A German spy, perhaps? And in between hearing how the local Automobile Association is “undermining the work of the police,” we’re off on “The Automobile Assassination” case, and a strange and twisted path it is.
The counterfeiting case (something, sadly, which was very prevalent during the war) keeps cropping up; you won’t be surprised when the author connects them, thankfully, as you might need a scorecard to keep track of everything, because in a couple of spots the author’s no help in that regard at all.
Dogged police work finding clues and tramping over the countryside gets them results, along with a confession, and the crime gets explained, though not without cost. “The Automobile Assassination” is pretty much a history lesson replete with a murder or two thrown in for good measure. I was content to learn about the British equivalent of our American “Triple A,” so I was fine with it. Although points off for the spelling errors I found in places throughout the book – could have used some better editing, I’m thinking.
The Author’s Notes at the end of the book explains about the Automobile Association and its place in British history, and the use he made of their existence (albeit with literary license). He also describes his use of fingerprinting analysis, which looms large in the solving of the case.
This is a complicated mystery, until it isn't. It is not a fast-paced read, but it is for a serious reader. Porter writes an interesting book. She normally writes Middle Ages fiction but has this one "modern" series. The first book was a very interesting crime, which haunts Mason to this day. He doesn't want to be remembered for it, but doesn't want to be remembered for not being able to solve this one, and it shows in his ferreting out the truth. His is a character well-written and relatable. I enjoyed every minute of it.
I was invited to read a free e-ARC of The Automobile Assassination by MJ Publishing, through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine. #netgalley #mjpublishing #mjporter #theautomobileassassination