Fifth Column

fifth-columnAuthor: Mike Hollow

Series: The Blitz Detective #2

Publisher: Kregel Books

Release Date: July 27, 2016

Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Twist, turns, and tumultuous murder all during the London Blitz!

Detective John Jago is called out early one morning to come investigate a body found after an air raid. As there are usually several bodies found after a night of the blitz, Jago wonders why he has been called out as they usually aren’t his territory.  However, this body appeared on the site after the bomb restoration crew had already cleared the site.  As DI Jago and his sidekick DC Craddick begin to investigate, they find that the victim worked for an engineering company that was working on secret government projects.  Further investigation leads them to some past shady characters as well as family drama.  But who would have wanted her dead?  And why?

If you enjoy historical British murder mystery writing, then this is sure to be a hit with you. Even as a second in a series, this one easily stands alone without need of the first book.  There were some references to the past book, but this one really centered on the case presented for this book.  However, don’t let that stop you from reading the first book as well.

The characters presented in this book are really interesting. DI Jago is the main character who has compartmentalized his emotions for several years.  However, he starts to see this unravel with his feelings for Dorothy.  The banter between Jago and Craddick is clever as ever.  I couldn’t get enough of it.  And all of the supporting characters really brought the story together great.  Each one fit in their own place and it was very easy to see them in my mind’s eye, even with little physical description.

I’m a huge fan of WWII era fiction and this was no disappointment. Be sure to pick up a copy of this one!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Book Tours in exchange for an honest and thorough review. The opinions and views expressed within are my own.

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