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Princes gate
Mark Ellis
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London Wall Publishing
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When a brilliant emigr scientist is killed by a hit and run driver and a young woman's body is washed up in the Thames, Merlin and his team must investigate. The woman is an employee of the American Embassy, whose Ambassador at this time is Joseph Kennedy. DCI Merlin's investigation of diplomats at the Embassy ruffles feathers at the Foreign Office - the American Ambassador is a well-known supporter of appeasement and many powerful and influential Britons favour the pursuit of a negotiated peace settlement with Hitler. The death of another Embassy employee leads Merlin into some of the seedier quarters of wartime London where a corrupt night-club owner, various high-flying diplomats and the Ambassador himself appear to be linked to the events surrounding the deaths. Merlin has to pursue his detective work under the interfering supervision of an Assistant Metropolitan Commissioner who is fearful about the impact of Merlin's investigations on Anglo-American relations at a time when America represents to many Britain's only hope of salvation.

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Mark Ellis is a thriller writer from Swansea and a former barrister and entrepreneur. Mark grew up under the shadow of his parents' experience of the Second World War. His father served in the wartime navy and died a young man. His mother told him stories of watching the heavy bombardment of Swansea from the safe vantage point of a hill in Llanelli, and of attending tea dances in wartime London under the bombs and doodlebugs. In consequence, Mark has always been fascinated by World War II and, in particular, the Home Front and the fact that while the nation was engaged in a heroic endeavour, crime flourished. Murder, robbery, theft and rape were rife. This author of Princes Gate and Stalin's Gold, the first two titles in the DCI Frank Merlin series, and is a member of the Crime Writer's Association. He divides his time between homes in London and Oxford.

"The author's deep knowledge of London during this era has the stamp of scholarly
rigor, and his gritty portrayal of the city gives the plot a sheen
of authenticity. Overall, this is a well-constructed mystery that artfully furnishes just enough information to keep readers invested but not so much as to
slacken the suspense. A historically astute, skillfully developed crime drama." Kirkus Reviews

Keyword Index
Police - England - London - Fiction.|Murder - Investigation - England - London - Fiction.|London (England) - History - 20th century - Fiction.|Detective and mystery stories.
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xi, 307

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