17 December 2023

Review: THE DOCKLAND MURDER, Mike Hollow

  •  this edition an e-book on Kindle
  • #5 Blitz Detective series
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08GNZ582J
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Allison & Busby (March 19, 2021)
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 440 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 036937889X

Synopsis (publisher)

In the depths of the blackout, the silence of London's Royal Albert Dock is broken only by the lap of inky water against the quay and the occasional scurrying of rats' feet. A patrolling policeman is passing the newly arrived freighter SS Magnolia when something catches his eye. A man is sprawled awkwardly across a nearby barge - with an exotic-looking dagger in his back.

DI Jago of West Ham CID discovers the victim was a dock worker by day and a Home Guard volunteer by night - and there are things even his wife, bombed out of their flimsy home in Silvertown, doesn't know about his past. Who wanted to kill him? As Jago investigates, he uncovers a widening circle of secrets ranging across family tensions, the last war, and a far-flung corner of the British Empire. And then there's the mysterious spate of thefts from the dock to contend with. 

My Take

This series is set in the Blitz in LOndon, various locations, beginning in September 1940.

One of the things that I am enjoying with this series is the wide ranging plots strands and the extra information given to us about characters and their background.

These details add to the feeling of historical authenticity.

Highly recommended.

My rating: 4.5

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