aMirabelle has a dogged tenacity to rival Poirota a Sunday Herald aI was gripped from start to finisha a Newbooks magazine aUnfailingly stylish, undeniably smarta - Daily Record aA crime force to be reckoned witha a Good Reads aPlenty of colour and action, will engage the reader from the first page to the last. Highly recommendeda a Bookbag The first three Mirabelle Bevan thrillers in one omnibus edition, plus a teaser sample for British Bulldog, the fourth book in the series. BRIGHTON BELLE 1951. Brighton. With the excitement of the war over and the Nazis brought to justice at Nuremberg, Mirabelle Bevan (retired Secret Service) thinks her skills are no longer required. After the death of her lover she moves to the seaside to put the past behind her and takes a job as a secretary at a debt collection agency run by the charismatic Big Ben McGuigan. But when confronted by the case of Romana Laszlo, a pregnant Hungarian refugee, Mirabelle discovers that her specialist knowledge is vital. With enthusiastic assistance from the pretty insurance clerk down the corridor, Vesta Churchill, Mirabelle follows a mysterious trail of gold sovereigns, betting scams and corpses to a dark corner of Austerity Britain where the forces of evil remain alive and well. ENGLAND EXPECTS Set during the summer heatwave of 1953, England Expects finds Mirabelle and Vesta investigating the seemingly unrelated murders of a racing journalist and a cleaning woman. Their searches lead them through Brighton Pavilionas crumbling passageways to the quad of a Cambridge college and finally into the shady underworld of Brighton freemasonry. And, while not on the murder trail, Vesta has to make some difficult decisions about her personal life. LONDON CALLING 1952, Brighton and London. When 17 year old debutante Rose Bellamy Gore goes missing in a seedy Soho jazz club the prime suspect is black saxophone player, Lindon Claremont, the last person to be seen talking to her. Under suspicion, Lindon heads straight for Brighton and his childhood friend, Vesta Churchill who works with ex-Secret Service office girl Mirabelle Bevan, now in charge of the McGuigan and McGuigan Debt Collection Agency. When Lindon is taken into custody the two women dive into London's underworld of smoky night clubs, smart cars and lethal cocktails to establish the truth. BRITISH BULLDOG a TEASER CHAPTERS British Bulldog sees Mirabelle on the trail of an RAF pilot who went missing during the war and mysteriously never came home. Her search takes her to Paris where she discovers an espionage operation smuggling secrets out of Russia. Her investigations also uncover some unwelcome truths about her wartime lover Jack and the true nature of his intelligence work in France.An ornate cornice skirted the ceiling and there were plaster reliefs on the walls that depicted a field ready for harvest and figures ... Two crystal chandeliers dropped from ceiling roses, their vague shadows cast over the full height of the back wall. ... Perhaps this crowd never asked him to join a maybe thata#39;s his real problem.
|Title||:||The Mirabelle Bevan Mystery Collection|
|Publisher||:||Birlinn - 2015-03-01|