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Firing Line

(The Blitz Detective #4)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Flames leap skyward from a blitzed factory in West Ham as an air raid destroys all in its path. When the blaze threatens neighbouring houses a volunteer fireman breaks in to rescue a trapped resident - but instead finds only the body of a young woman, strangled in her bedroom. For Detective Inspector John Jago the scene brings back memories of the Soho Strangler. He suspec ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 30th 2018 by Lion Fiction
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Samantha
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an excellent read!

Set during the London Blitz, DI Jago embarks on solving a murder that happened to a young woman which bears all the hallmarks of a suspected serial killer - the Soho strangler.
I don’t usually read historical fiction as I have a history degree and often end up reading the book as if it were a piece of source material as opposed to fiction. Hollows’ novel however, was so excellently and nostalgically written that I found myself immersed in the book and completely invested
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Toni Osborne
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book#4, in The Blitz Detective series

The London Blitz may be the background for this story but the murder mystery could have been staged anywhere and could have taken place in recent years. In this 4th installment Detective Inspector John Jago and Detective Constable Peter Cradock are called to the scene where a young woman was murdered, strangled with a nylon stocking and near her they found a sailor’s cap.

I love how the author drips slowly clues to Jago in his investigation to keep the tensio
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Lisa Johnson
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Title: Firing Line (The Blitz Detective #4)
Author: Mike Hollow
Pages: 317
Year: 2018
Publisher: Lion Fiction
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
It is the fall of 1940 and the city of London is experiencing the bombing blitz from German air strikes practically every night. Residents are seeking cover in their Anderson shelters or subway tunnels. There are volunteers on night watch to look for fires and such to report to officials and wardens to search for violators of curfew and other regulations. One suc
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Archana Aggarwal
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you Net Galley. This was my introduction to the author and the series and I enjoyed it. i like historical mysteries. They add to the fantasy feel. I am looking forward to reading the back list and future novels.
Helen Howerton
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
During a night of bombing in London a young woman is found dead in a West Ham bedroom -- but it's immediately clear that the shells didn't kill her. Detective Inspector John Jago and his cohort Constable Craddock are soon on the job, and it rapidly becomes a tale of muddled identity -- was she "on the game" or not? Was she the victim of a serial killer? -- interspersed with the sad tale of lives and families disrupted by war, and not necessarily on the firing line itself. The clues and the truth ...more
Iola
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Firing Line by Mike Hollow is part of the The Blitz Dectective series. It's a police procedural following Detective Inspector John Jago as he investigates murders in London's East End during the Blitz, those months in 1940 when the Germans were routinely bombing British cities, especially London.

As is almost expected with a murder mystery, Firing Line opens with the discovery of a body. Joan Lewis has been strangled, but her body is found behind a locked door. How? Was her assailant known to her
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Firing Line is the fourth novel in the excellent Blitz Detective series by Mike Hollow. Set during the days of the London Blitz, this historical mystery/police procedural proves that crime does not stop for war. Smart and well-researched, this novel is perfect for those who love the classic mystery genre. Recommended.

DI John Jago is called in for another murder discovered in the aftermath of the nightly bombings ravaging London. Along with his wonderfully-written assistant, DC Craddock, he dogge
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Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Firing Line is a superb historical mystery set against the backdrop of WWII.  I can easily imagine the story being made into a BBC miniseries. The characters are well developed and believable and the surroundings are clearly portrayed, bringing the blitz to life for the reader.


When a young woman is discovered strangled in her flat by an air warden and a fireman, Detective Inspector Jago and his constable first believe it might be the work of the Soho Strangler.  It is easy to assume that Joan wa
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