A group of children was sent to the Gloucestershire countryside to escape the nightly bombings during the London Blitz in 1941. One little boy, Simon,A group of children was sent to the Gloucestershire countryside to escape the nightly bombings during the London Blitz in 1941. One little boy, Simon, arrived without any identification, and his name was not on the list of evacuated children. Fortunately, a childless couple took Simon in and raised him in a loving home. But Simon always wondered about his birth parents.
Years later Simon is walking through London and recognizes his early childhood neighborhood. His search for his origins brings him into contact with some unsavory people. He also finds out information about the British homefront during World War II, an extremist political group, and reasons for his childhood nightmares. In this interesting historical mystery Simon learns that bombs were not the only things causing terror in his London home. 3.5 stars....more
Mary Stewart has combined mystery, suspense, and romance in this novel set in Greece. Nicola, a secretary at the British Embassy at Athens, is meetingMary Stewart has combined mystery, suspense, and romance in this novel set in Greece. Nicola, a secretary at the British Embassy at Athens, is meeting her cousin for a holiday in a small village in Crete. As she is exploring the beautiful countryside on her way, she comes upon a man and his injured friend. The men were exploring the trails and ruins, and had unintentionally witnessed a murder. They are now in hiding from the violent man and his friends, and don't want Nicola to get involved in the situation. But she could not just ignore someone who needs help.
Wonderful descriptions of the mountains, the rocky coast, and the ruins of Crete were woven into the suspenseful story as Nicola tries to discover the identity of the murderer. Nicola and her cousin are likable, interesting characters. Written in the 1960s, the book has a retro feeling about it with Nicola hiking up the rocky mountainside in a dress, and using her petticoat as a bandage for the wounded man. It's a charming book that was later made into a film. 3.5 stars....more
I was hoping for a heartwarming Christmas story when I read "A Christmas Beginning", part of Anne Perry's "Christmas Stories" series. But the book wasI was hoping for a heartwarming Christmas story when I read "A Christmas Beginning", part of Anne Perry's "Christmas Stories" series. But the book was a short cozy mystery. The only reference to Christmas was that the main character has time off from work around the holidays.
Superintendent Runcorn is spending his holiday time on the isolated island of Anglesey, located off the northwestern coast of Wales. He enjoys walking, and explores the beautiful island while he is staying at a boarding house. One morning he discovers a murdered women, the sister of a clergyman, in the graveyard. Runcorn helps the local constables with their murder investigation since he is more experienced in that type of work after many years in London.
The lonely Runcorn also gets reacquainted with Melisande, the only woman he has ever loved. She lives on Anglesey with her brother who belongs to the landed gentry class. Runcorn comes from a lower class so he has never told Melisande of his love. Runcorn is told by the supervising constable to be extremely tactful when questioning the upper class friends and family of the free spirited murder victim. Is something being hidden?
This is a cozy mystery with a touch of romance and a likable main character. It's a short, fluffy read that's not especially memorable. 2.5-3.0 stars....more