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The Black Arrows by Francis Beeding
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it was ok
bookshelves: 1930s, brit-lit, libraries, mysteries, reads-19, vintage-mystery, connect-5-francis-beeding
Read 2 times. Last read April 13, 2019.

The book has a very promising start. A British agent, John Cowper, travels to Italy to help the government against a militant organisation called The Black Arrows which is selectively killing members of the government. In this he is helped by an Italian agent, Giacomo Berutti, with whom he had worked in the past and who had even saved his life once. However, with war clouds gathering over Europe, things are not the same as before and the relationship between the two men is strained. This would have been an engrossing read had the author concentrated on the strain b/w the two as the political realities round them changed. But no, Beeding had to introduce a girl in their midst and the novel went on a downward spiral as two seasoned secret agents started behaving like love-sick adolescents. Ugh.


First Line: It was to the waiter at Florian's, clumsy and flustered, as John Cowper was accustomed to say afterwards, that he owed his life.

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April 13, 2019 – Shelved
April 13, 2019 – Shelved as: 1930s
April 13, 2019 – Shelved as: brit-lit
April 13, 2019 – Shelved as: libraries
April 13, 2019 – Shelved as: mysteries
April 13, 2019 – Shelved as: reads-19
April 13, 2019 – Shelved as: vintage-mystery
April 13, 2019 – Finished Reading
October 16, 2019 – Shelved as: connect-5-francis-beeding

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