We loved the first in this post WW2 series, Brighton Belle, and the second adventure is even better with a satisfyingly complex plot bubbling over with period detail. Mirabelle and Vesta go up the line to London to solve the case of a missing debutante after a childhood friend of Vesta’s is held by the police. Nostalgic, atmospheric, well written, crime fiction with a fantastic central character - ex Secret Service office girl Mirabelle Bevan. Highly recommended.
A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...
'I read the script for London Calling in one sitting at my kitchen table over the course of a single evening. Sara just pulled me into the world of wintry post-war London, seedy jazz clubs and a missing heiress. During editing Sara and I had many conversations about everything from car models and radio shows to rail travel, pies and shoes. No detail is too small for Sara, she really is obsessed with getting things absolutely right for the period of London Calling. As a result her writing evokes the early 1950s impeccably, creating wonderful atmosphere and the perfect background to Mirabelle Bevan, a deeply engaging woman with a past.'
Alison Rae, Managing Editor, Polygon
1952, London. When eighteen-year-old debutante Rose Bellamy Gore goes missing in a seedy Soho jazz club the prime suspect is young sax player, Lindon Claremont. Lindon hightails it to Brighton to seek the help of his childhood friend, Vesta, who works with ex-Secret Service Mirabelle Bevan. When Lindon is taken into custody the two women dive into London's underworld of smoky night clubs, fast cars and lethal cocktails to establish the truth.
|Publication date:||25th June 2013|
|Publisher:||Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General|
|Primary Genre||Historical fiction|
Closing date: 12/12/2021
'A beguiling page-turner' - Good Book Guide
'A thoroughly readable mystery with an interesting backdrop - The Rocker BlogSpot
'Atmospheric, fast paced and rich in detail of 1950s Brighton you can almost hear the jazz music and clinking of the cocktail glasses - A perfect book for all fans of a good old fashioned crime mystery' - Julie, Waterstones Lancaster
Sara Sheridan is an historical novelist who writes two different kinds of books. One is a series of cosy crime noir mysteries set in Brighton in the 1950s – Brighton Belle - and the other is a set of novels based on the real-life stories of late Georgian and early Victorian explorers and adventurers (1820 - 1845) – The Secret Mandarin and Secret of the Sands. Tipped in Company and GQ magazines, she has been nominated for a Young Achiever Award. She received a Scottish Library Award for Truth or Dare, her first novel, and was shortlisted for the Saltire Book Prize. ...More About Sara Sheridan