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Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘The Automobile Assassination’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I’ll be sharing my review, but first I have some information
About the Author :
MJ Porter is the author of many historical novels set predominantly in Seventh to Eleventh-Century England, as well as three twentieth-century mysteries. Raised in the shadow of a building that was believed to house the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia, meant that the author’s writing destiny was set.
About the Book :
Erdington, September 1944
As events in Europe begin to turn in favour of the Allies, Chief Inspector Mason of Erdington Police Station is once more prevailed upon to solve a seemingly impossible case.
Called to the local mortuary where a man’s body lies, shockingly bent double and lacking any form of identification, Mason and O’Rourke find themselves at Castle Bromwich aerodrome seeking answers that seem out of reach to them. The men and women of the royal air force stationed there are their prime suspects. Or are they? Was the man a spy, killed on the orders of some higher authority, or is the place his body was found irrelevant? And why do none of the men and women at the aerodrome recognise the dead man?
Mason, fearing a repeat of the cold case that dogged his career for two decades and that he’s only just solved, is determined to do all he can to uncover the identity of the dead man, and to find out why he was killed and abandoned in such a bizarre way, even as Smythe demands he spends his time solving the counterfeiting case that is leaving local shopkeepers out of pocket.
Join Mason and O’Rourke as they once more attempt to solve the impossible in 1940s Erdington.
And now it’s finally time for my
Having read ‘The Custard Corpses’ I couldn’t wait to dive into ‘The Automobile Assassination’ and luckily for me I had the Audible version right at my disposal.
Starting to read, euhm listen, I was immediately hooked not only by the storyline, but also by the voice.
I never heard of Matt Coles before, and although a bit slow for my liking (I read faster!) he’s a terrific voice actor, even when it comes to female voices.
He made all the characters come so alive it was easy to keep on going and even like Mason and O’Rourke even more.
They form a formidable team together and O’Rourke is definitely a woman to be reckoned with in this all male police team.
Another lovely mystery set during WW2 with more of an historical experience for me than the first book as I now learned more about stuff like the Automobile Association and couponing during the war.
If they found out the culprit(s) of the multiple cases on their plate I’m not going to spoil, but I can say it was a nicely tied up story that has a lot going on to keep you glued from start till finish.
I definitely hope there will be more books to follow in this 1940s mystery series!
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