Firing Line (#04 in The Blitz Detective Series)
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About "Firing Line (#04 in The Blitz Detective Series)"
:Flames leap skyward from a blitzed factory in West Ham as an air raid destroys all in its path. When the blaze threatens neighbouring houses a volunteer fireman breaks in to rescue a trapped resident - but instead finds only the body of a young woman, strangled on her bed. For Detective Inspector John Jago the scene brings back memories of the Soho Strangler. But this woman has a secret. Is she what she seems, and why did she die? A drunken sailor may hold the key to what happened in Joan Watson's flat, but Jago's investigation leads him into family jealousies, violence, robbery, and the underworld of political terrorism. Was Joan as innocent as her friends claim, or was she mixed up in crime? What really happened at the cinema, and where do the mysterious Greenshirts fit in?
Meet the Author
Mike Hollow studied languages at Cambridge, and then worked for the BBC and then Tearfund. Now a freelance writer and editor, he lives in Basingstoke with his wife Margaret. A popular poet, his work has been widely performed and has appeared in many collections.
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Firing Line by Mike Hollow is part of the The Blitz Dectective series. It's a police procedural following Detective Inspector John Jago as he investigates murders in London's East End during the Blitz, those months in 1940 when the Germans were routinely bombing British cities, especially London. As is almost expected with a murder mystery, Firing Line opens with the discovery of a body. Joan Lewis has been strangled, but her body is found behind a locked door. How? Was her assailant known to her? Where did the Navy uniform hat come from? And the hard-to-get American nylons? The novel also addressed some of the political issues of the age, such as boy's clubs, greenshirts, and Social Credit (a political party I never understood, and understand even less now I know what it is). Firing Line is the fourth novel in Mike Hollow's Blitz Detective series, but only the second one I've read (I reviewed Enemy Action a few weeks ago). It's a standalone mystery, so it won't matter if you haven't. I did find I appreciated some of the subtle humour in the interactions between Jago and Detective Constable Craddock all the more for having read one of the earlier books. I do enjoy the dry British humour. Firing Line is a good read for mystery lovers. Recommended. Thanks to Lion Fiction and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.