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British Bulldog by Sara Sheridan
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bookshelves: historical-detective-fiction, reviewed

This is a series which improves with time, as we find out more about the characters, their backgrounds, and their motivations.

This time, Mirabelle Bevan is informed that she has inherited a large some of money - but only if she finds out what happened to a man who escaped a German PoW camp in 1942 and was never seen again. The book follows her investigation into what (obviously, or it wouldn't be a very interesting book) expands beyond the realms of a simple missing person case.

A significant subplot is Mirabelle's grieving for her lover, Jack, who died several years ago (before Book 1). This has been a running theme through the books, and Mirabelle is finally starting to move on, and also to realise that the Jack she knew was not the whole man. Just as Jack hid his relationship with Mirabelle from others, he also hid things from Mirabelle. Some of those things are revealed in this book.

I enjoyed the way Sheridan dealt with the various aspects of grief here: Mirabelle's grief for Jack, which she has been compelled to keep secret due to the nature of their relationship; wives' publicly acknowledged grief for dead husbands; grief for the end of an era, as Mirabelle realises how much London has changed, and how many people want to move on and forget the war and those who gave so much.

It's also interesting to consider that in most books, the "other woman" is the husband-stealing villainess: here, Mirabelle is the "other woman", and our sympathies lie with her: Mirabelle's love and grief are no less real for not being socially sanctioned.

The main plot, of course, was that of the missing man; in this, Mirabelle is at her elegant, ruthless best. She moves towards the conclusion with a certain smooth implacability, bringing all the threads together and making all tidy, the way only Mirabelle Bevan can.

I think we are also seeing a change in emphasis away from events of the war, and towards the Cold War of the 1950s, which will doubtless be important in the following books. The next book, Operation Goodwood is already out on Kindle.

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Reading Progress

April 30, 2015 – Shelved
April 30, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
April 2, 2016 – Shelved as: historical-detective-fiction
Started Reading
May 13, 2016 – Finished Reading
May 14, 2016 – Shelved as: reviewed

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