Britain is at war—but the greatest threat to the Crown might be within the Palace walls.
London, 1941: Major Edgar Brampton is found shot dead in his office in Buckingham Palace. All signs point towards a self-inflicted tragedy, but when Palace authorities hurry his body away and order staff to stay silent, fellow courtier Guy Harford’s suspicions are raised.
While the outside world faces the onslaught of war, within the Palace walls a curious mystery unfolds. Rumours swirl about Brampton’s relationship with the Queen, and there’s talk of other plots involving those closest to the King.
To get to the bottom of what really happened, Guy joins forces with some unlikely allies—Rodie Carr, a beautiful East End burglar, and Rupert Hardacre, a postman with a past—but time may be running out…for him, for the King, and for Britain. Someone has their eye on the crown, and they’ll do anything to get it.
Can Guy solve the case before more blood is spilled on the royal carpets? Or will he be the next victim?
A Terrific Mystery!
I do love a good mystery – and this one fits the bill perfectly!
Guy Harford finds himself – unexpectedly – in the roll of general dogsbody at Buckingham Palace whilst the city of London is regularly bombed by the Germans during WWII. With the sudden death of Major Edgar Brompton, with whom Guy shared an office, he finds himself tasked with finding out what really happened. Was it, as is widely reported – suicide, or is the more to this predicament? It’s Guy’s job to find out, but do the powers-that-be really want him to get to the bottom of things or will that endanger his own life?
Oh, this is a terrific read. With a little insight into the establishment at the time, this is one to get your little grey cells working. Well written with loads of information and a few twists and turns along the way, this quickly grabbed my attention. I loved the wide variety of characters – some more straightforward than others – and admired Guy Harford’s persistence in getting to the bottom of things. Definitely a series to follow for all readers of a really well plotted domestic mystery, and putting the author firmly on my watch list. I’m very happy to give this novel 4.5* and a high recommendation.
I downloaded this as one of my Kindle First Reads choices, part of my Amazon Prime subscription; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: domestic mystery, WWII
- Format: ebook, paperback, audiobook, audio cd
- Size: 320 pages
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
- Publication Date: 1 August 2020
- Links: Goodreads
- W. H. Smith
TP Fielden is a leading author, broadcaster and journalist. He is the creator of the inimitable Temple Regis, the quaint seaside town that is home to reporter turned sleuth Miss Judy Dimont. The Riviera Express, the first novel in the Miss Dimont Mystery series was published in 2017. This was followed by Resort to Murder (also in 2017) and A Quarter Past Dead (2018) and Died and Gone to Devon (2019).
Stealing the Crown, Fielden’s first novel in a new crime series, will be published in 2020.