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Midnight Flit

(The Carstairs Affairs #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  221 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Miles Siward and Briers Allerdale return for another thrilling Jazz Age adventure.

“Silk stockings on expenses.”

Miles’s aristocratic mother has information of importance to the British Government and he must escort her home from Bucharest immediately, but their plans go violently awry and Miles and Lady Siward find themselves on a train to Belgrade - where Miles’s lover is
Kindle Edition, 210 pages
Published March 14th 2019
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K.J. Charles
Briers and Miles (and Millie) are back! I loved Eleventh Hour, a late 20s John Buchan styled spy romp with hard bitten spy Briers meeting pint sized cipher clerk Miles, cross dressing as Millie for work and, once he lets go, personal satisfaction.

In this instalment we're a few years on. Miles's diplomat father is in Eastern Europe, his mother has discovered some important secret information, and Miles must accompany her on a flight home. Needless to say things don't go to plan, leading to explo
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply brilliant. This is everything I want in a historical novel. It draws you into the time period perfectly, bringing a real sense of the start of the madness leading up to the Second World War.

Here we're only just into the 1930s but there're enough tensions for a modern reader to see where this time period is eventually going and Elin lays it all down with a deft touch.

I cannot wax lyrical enough about how much I love Millie Carstairs, the alter ego of cypher clerk Miles Siward, and here she
2.5 stars

The plot was very thin and all over the place, relying on real historical events for the only parts of the story that had some substance. I got the impression that it was a deliberate choice on the author’s part, the focus was on the characters and the way they interacted with each other and reacted to outside events, the plot felt more like a backdrop against which a colorful and varied cast of characters was supposed to shine. I guess it worked, if you cared for them and the writing s
Kaje Harper
This was a wonderful sequel, bringing back Miles and Briers in a new adventure. Miles's mother is in Romania with her ambassador husband when she comes into possession of a piece of information that is a very hot potato indeed. Agents of other countries may want her silence or her information, and she needs to be whisked out of danger back to England. Who better to do the job than her son, whose talents extend beyond his file clerk routine?

But when Miles arrives, extracting his mother turns out
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
2.5 stars

This started stronger than it finished, and in fact, I was so impatient near the end that I skimmed a few paragraphs here and there in the last chapter.

For a high-stakes spy mission, this started off with some tense scenes and everything was going great until our characters landed in Belgrade, where the action ground to a halt and this became a weird sort of vacation/shopping montage. Like, what? And unfortunately, the story never recovered after that, though there was an attempt. The
☆☆☆~Bev's World of Books~☆☆☆
Well worth the 3 year wait Elin 💜🧡💛💚💙.

Miles...or should I say Millie, and Briers return in another rip-roaring adventure, this time set in the Balkans area of Europe and featuring an extremely frightening ride on the Orient Express as well as murders, shootings, American film stars and double agents. Miles mum, Emily, was a superb character as was Diana. Not that impressed by Smethwick I have to say but given what had happened to him in 1915, I did cut him some slack. Loved catching up with Prit
Anna Butler
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great things happen on steam trains. Murders, stolen diamonds, revolutions, spies… there’s a long-standing British literary and cinema tradition featuring moody shots (filmed in black and white, natch) of a locomotive venting steam at night against a faint halo of light from a distant lamp in some johnny-foreigner-sort of Belle-Epoque railway station where agents of a foreign power lurk in the shadows threatening the beautiful heroine and handsome, clean-cut hero. Think Richard Hannay fleeing Lo ...more
Julie Bozza
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another rollicking adventure, with lots to love - and that's no surprise, with this storyteller, and particularly with these characters! Elin Gregory writes the secret intelligence service so well that I am convinced it was thus, or should have been. Excellent stuff. ...more
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books, read-in-2020
I liked this one very much too, but the "mystery" lost me a bit at the end... I didn't mind though and I hope the author comes back to these two characters. I'm intrigued which one of the explanations we got at the end about we learnt in regards of the situation is the real one... Because some of them opened disturbing possibilities...
Again is a delight following Miles and Briers, this time all around Europe in convulted times. I liked the cast of secondary characters too, specially Pritchard, w
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable sequel to Eleventh Hour. Highly recommended! ...more
Jordan Lombard
Title/Author: Midnight Flit by Elin Gregory
Series/Standalone: The Carstairs Affairs #2
Genre/Sub-Genre: Historical Spy Thriller/MM Romance
Book Format: ebook
Length: 210 pages
LGBTQ+ Orientation: Gay, Miles likes to dress as a woman, Millie, on occasion, but is not transgender.
Violence: Yes
Ratio of Sex/Plot: Heavy on the plot.
Well Written/Editor Needed: Well written
Would I Re-Read?: Yes
Personal Thoughts: Note that while this follows the first book, the bad guys here are not the same as t
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderful spy romp. I loved it! I adored the first book and this one is just as awesome. Miles and Briers are fantastic characters, and I loved seeing how their relationship has developed. I was also quite pleased to see the enigmatic Falk return, as he was one of my favourites from the first book. This book felt so cinematic and it's very vivid visually. It really conjured the spirit of a thriller movie from the 1930s. This was a really excellent adventure. Dare I hope there will be another b ...more
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was wonderful to see how sweet and loving Miles and Briers are with each other.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

The continuation of Miles and Briers' romance was a fun romp! Really enjoyed the Eastern European setting which we don't see enough in historical m/m. A third book was definitely set up here ... but, let's hope she doesn't make us wait too long!
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another lovely look at Miles’ and Briers’ adventures. Once again, I really liked Miles/Millie in this outing. Tough as nails, but showing a loving caring relationship with his mother. Lady Siward is another feisty lady, and I enjoyed her interaction with Briers.

The love between Miles and Briers is refreshing. It's obvious that they care for each other deeply, but they're not above poking at each other, which is realistic and fun to read.
Sally Malcolm
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored this adventure through 1930s Eastern Europe, with Miles and Briers (and Millie!).

The follow up to the wonderful 'Eleventh Hour', this is a real romantic romp that sees our protagonists fighting off enemy agents on a wild dash across Europe--and coming to some conclusions about their own relationship, too.

The book ends with a hint of more, so I'm crossing my fingers for book three!
Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it
It's been a few years since I first met MCs Miles Siward and Briers Allerdale (agents with the British SS) and it was nice to embark with them on yet another adventure on trains, planes and automobiles. The high drama (view spoiler) is evident early on, ratcheting up and down consistently throughout as Miles (posing as a female character yet again) endeavors to steer his mother safely away from hostile enemy forces/agen ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review to come!

Elin Gregory is so talented, and writes such wonderful historical romances! Right now, you can snap up almost all her titles for $2.99 (or less)! https://www.amazon.com/Elin-Gregory/e...
Helen Kord
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a beautiful, joyous read. I loved returning to this world, with it's tangible atmosphere and sense of place, of spy shenanigans and glamorous voyages, with actors and musicians and spies and diplomats. A fun romp with some real bite.
Returning to Briars, Miles and Millie was so wonderful. We see how their relationship developed over the years, and the yearning and love they share. I just kept thinking how tender it was. When Briars thinks Miles died, his anguish was palpable and in
Iona Sharma
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
I really, really wanted to like this book more - it has a lot of good stuff in it that I did like a lot! Lots of funny lines, sparkling character notes, a really star turn from Lady Siward, who is Miles Siward's incorrigible diplomat mother and worth the price of admission. But a few other things let it down. The structure is loose enough to be unsatisfying - at one point I was just wondering if things were happening in random order as they occurred to the author - and I respect that not everyth ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, m-m, series
Briers and Miles/Millie are off on another adventure. This time its to rescue Miles mother. She has important information that the British government desperately wants. Millie is once again pressed into service as Briers wife. The danger follows them all the way home.

This book had a movie serial feel. Characters jumping off the page, good guys, bad guys, villains (who in my book are the worst kind of bad guys). Heroes, heroines, (which makes Miles/Millie just a little more of both). Knowing that
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So much fun. Miles's mother has heard state secrets in the course of her duties as Ambassador's wife and needs Milly, Briars and a snowballing cast of characters to get her back to London to report. ...more
Loved it :) Some great female characters, one of whom almost shone brighter than Millie ;)
Quick paced with compelling characters, Millie being a bright star among them.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
4.5 stars

Lovely follow up to the Eleventh Hour. It was great to see Miles and Briers again, even as the spectre of WW2 hangs even more menacingly.

I loved seeing their relationship develop, and I look forward to seeing more (it seems that this will be a series, and I couldn't be more pleased!)

Would have liked a bit more sex given all the teasing!! but completely understandable they were a bit busy doing their jobs and all ;)
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stellar spy romp.
Oct 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Just as much fun as the first. I still want a Falk prequel.
Apr 23, 2019 added it
Shelves: historical
Now who was the murdered person in Miles's clothes at the beginning? And who murdered him, and why? I must have missed a major plot point. ...more
** 4.5 Stars **

Delicious, more please!
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