The Innocent Spy (DI Ted Stratton #1)
London, June 1940. When the body of silent screen star Mabel Morgan is found impaled on a wrought-iron fence, the coroner rules her death as suicide. Detective Ted Stratton is not convinced and suspects that Morgan’s fatal fall may have been the work of one of Soho’s most notorious gangsters.
Meanwhile, MI5 agent Diana Calthrop is leading a covert operation when she discove...more
Interesting tale, with a good sense of place and time and nice characterisation. Let down by an outrageous piece of co-incidence.
Sratton is a central london detective in the 1940 london. A land of the blitz, moral posters, black marketing and cockney geezers.
A silent movie actress is found on the railings outside her fizgrovia flat and it peaks his interest.
In alternating chapters, we are introduced to Diana Calthorpe. She works for the secret service and i...more
At the same time, upperclass Diana Calthrop finds herself digging deeper into the intrigue of wartime MI5 as she retreats from her unhappy marriage.
Although they don't know each other, their cases are intricately intertwined in a tangle of espionage, multiple murder, hi...more
SETTING: London in 1940
SERIES: 1 of 2
The Innocent Spy
London in 1940 is a city under siege. Every night, the residents must seek protection from the bombing raids of the enemy. Although the average person's life is very much centered around surviving the Blitz, there is one area that has not changed. In spite of the war, crime has not taken a vacation. And Detective Inspector Ted Stratton is very convinced that a crime has taken place when he investigates t...more
It's a very elaborate, multi-layered story. The death of a silent film star who hasn't worked for many years is the...more
Published by Orion. February 2008.
ISBN 978-0-7528 7623-8 (Hardback) 978-0-7528-7624-5 (Trade Paperback)
DI Ted Stratton is a policeman working in central London in 1940. He is married to Jenny and their two children who have been sent out of London for safety. His home life is happy, apart from the constant entreaties from his wife, which he is beginning to dread, to bring back the children from the country as she misses them. His extended family leave something...more
I don't know how these stories are supposed to intersect, because 150-plus pages in, the two main characters haven't met and their plots se...more
DI Ted Stratton is in charge of the investigation into the death of Mabel Morgan, former silent screen star. The coroner quickly rules it a suicide even though Stratton is not certain about the veracity of the ruling. Meanwhile, Diana Calthrop, high society lady, begins a job in MI5 that quickly turns deadly. The path between these two disparate pe...more
The contrast between the "classes" added a dimension I was not expecting and the two lead characters were well drawn.
I will be looking for more in this series
The writer moves easily between the various settings of the criminal underworld , the film business , high level government mostly led by homisexuals . right wing pro Hitler gatherings , the cop shop and the domestic life of CI Stratton fluidly and the strands of all these elements are well h...more
this outstanding first in a series set during WWII. In the summer of 1940, Det. Insp. Ted Stratton investigates an apparent suicide that leads him into a maze of brutal gang violence and bland official evasion. Meanwhile, icily beautiful upper-crust Diana Calthrop tries to escape a hateful marriage by devoting herself to MI5 intrigue.
on list 2009.10.05
Laura Wilson is an English crime-writer based in London, where she was born and raised. She has degrees in English Literature form Somerville College, Oxford, and University College London, and has worked as a teacher and editor of non-fiction.
Many of her novels have either a historical setting or a distinct historical connection, and often have split or...more