Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Two good historical crime fiction books

Both of these books are part of a series so if you like the sound of them it's best to start at the beginning. Use Fantastic fiction website to see in what order to read them.
By coincidence they are both set in 1937.

 London Rain by Nicola Upson is the 6th in a series about the crime writer Josephine Tey.( A pseudonym used by Elizabeth Mackintosh who wrote mystery novels in the 1930s and 40s. Still very popular when I worked in the library in the 70s)  This book is set in 1937 and all the action takes place in London during the coronation of King George VI. Josephine's play is just about to be broadcast by BBC radio when a well known radio commentator is found murdered.There are some interesting details about the early years of the BBC.

A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear is the 11th in the Maisie Dobbs series. At the end of Book 10, Leaving Everything Most Loved, Maisie, an intuitive private investigator, was travelling to India to help her decide what to do next in her life. Now it's 1937 and 4 years later and we find through letters that she did marry  James and move to Canada, but James had  been killed in a tragic plane crash which had caused Maisie to lose her unborn baby. She is on her way back to England from India, where she had returned to, to recover from the double tragedy. She decides to stop in Gibraltar where she stumbles across a body which sets her off trying to track down the murderer. In 1937, Gibraltar is on the edge of the Spanish Civil War and Maisie crosses the border to help at a hospital.

I'm sure there will be more in both series.

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