Stratton's War, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)

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The start of a brilliant new series of crime novels featuring DI Ted Stratton of the CID, set in central London during World War Two and its aftermath. London, June 1940. When the body of silent screen star Mabel Morgan is found impaled on railings in Fitzrovia, the coroner rules her death as suicide, but DI Ted Stratton of the CID is not convinced.

Despite opposition from his superiors, he starts asking questions, and it becomes clear that Morgan's fatal fall from a high window may have been the work of one of Soho's most notorious gangsters. MI5 agent Diana Calthrop, working with senior official Sir Neville Apse, is leading a covert operation when she discovers that her boss is involved in espionage.

She must tread carefully - Apse is a powerful man, and she can't risk threatening the reputation of the Secret Service. Only when Stratton's path crosses Diana's do they start to uncover the truth.

But as they discover Morgan's connection with Apse and their mutual links to a criminal network and a secretive pro-fascist organisation, they begin to realise that the intrigues of the Secret Service are alarmingly similar to the machinations of war-torn London's underworld.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780752884585

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This is a detective story set in London during World War II, the first of a series. The author includes lots of period detail in the book, evoking the social conditions and attitudes of that time, which I found very interesting. DI Stratton, the central character finds himself trying to solve a case involving the establishment at the same time as coping with family disputes. There is not a cut and dried resolution of all wrongs at the end of the book, but I look forward to reading more of the series. My only criticism would be that the swearing of the central character sits rather awkwardly with the general style of the book. I've no problem with the idea that people swear, but it doesn't add anything to this novel. If you enjoy crime novels and the social history of Britain during WWII, as I do, I think you will enjoy this book.

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3.5

Description from Fantstic Fiction:London, June 1940. When the body of silent screen star Mabel Morgan is found impaled on railings in Fitzrovia, the coroner rules her death as suicide, but DI Ted Stratton of the CID is not convinced. Despite opposition from his superiors, he starts asking questions, and it becomes clear that Morgan's fatal fall from a high window may have been the work of one of Soho's most notorious gangsters. MI5 agent Diana Calthrop, working with senior official Sir Neville Apse, is leading a covert operation when she discovers that her boss is involved in espionage. She must tread carefully - Apse is a powerful man, and she can't risk threatening the reputation of the Secret Service. Only when Stratton's path crosses Diana's do they start to uncover the truth. But as they discover Morgan's connection with Apse and their mutual links to a criminal network and a secretive pro-fascist organisation, they begin to realise that the intrigues of the Secret Service are alarmingly similar to the machinations of war-torn London's underworld.My Thoughts:This is the firstt book in a series with the characters DI Ted Stratton and Diana Calthrop.DI Ted Stratton is unlike detectives that we meet in other crime fiction. He isn’t a chain smoking, hard drinking, womanisng, got issues type of character, he is just a regular married guy. Diana you would think would become a love interest, like some of the female characters in crime fiction, but up to yet that hasn’t happened.Having two separate main characters the book has two stories that do merge together to bring Ted and Diana together. This story is set in the war and LW is very good with her descriptions to authenticate the story. I did feel that the story was a little slow at times but there was enough interest to keep me going until the end.I do have books two and three on shelf TBR so will look forward to seeing how things will progress with characters and there is enough room for them to be fleshed out some more. I just hope that the next books will have a little bit more pace.

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