12 November 2023


  • This edition on Kindle from Amazon
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B088WS4B88
  • first published 2016 as FIFTH COLUMN
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Allison & Busby; Reprint edition (July 23, 2020)
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 464 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0369358198
  • #2 in THE BLITZ DETECTIVE series

Synopsis (Amazon

First Published as Fifth Column.
September, 1940. As the Blitz takes its nightly toll on London and Hitler prepares his invasion fleet just across the Channel in occupied France, Britain is full of talk about enemy agents. Suspicion is at an all time high and no one is sure who can be trusted.
In Canning Town, rescue workers are unsettled when they return to a damaged street and discover a body that shouldn't be there. When closer examination of the corpse reveals death by strangling, Detective Inspector John Jago is called upon to investigate. But few seem to really care about the woman's death - not even her family. As Jago digs deeper he starts to uncover a trail of deception, betrayal, and romantic entanglements.

My Take

Well, this series has me hooked and I'll be reading more. The setting is well researched and authentic, and the characters are likeable.

In this case a female body is found on top of the ruins of a bomb site but it hadn't been there two hours earlier. The woman is identified as working in local premises that deal with the some sensitive projects. The pathologist confirms that she has been murdered.

Inspector Jago finds other things are going on  and he is not sure that everyone is acting honestly, nor that everyone is just who they say they are.

Interesting plot.

My rating: 4.6

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