London Calling : A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery Hardback
1952, Brighton and London. When 17 year old debutante Rose Bellamy Gore goes missing in a seedy Soho jazz club the prime suspect is black saxophone player, Lindon Claremont, the last person to be seen talking to her.
Under suspicion, Lindon heads straight for Brighton and his childhood friend, Vesta Churchill who works with ex-Secret Service office girl Mirabelle Bevan, now in charge of the McGuigan and McGuigan Debt Collection Agency.
When Lindon is taken into custody the two women dive into London's underworld of smoky night clubs, smart cars and lethal cocktails to establish the truth.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Birlinn General
- Publication Date: 28/02/2013
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781846972430
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Review by Cassandra2020
London Calling (Mirabelle Bevan #2) by Sara Sheridan - good<br/><br/>I've rather od'd on Sara Sheridan since the Edinburgh Book Festival, read the first two Mirabelle Bevan mysteries and a couple of background short stories. I discovered her during said Book Festival, as I deliberately chose to see authors I knew less about in the hope of finding someone new/something different to read. Sara Sheridan is one of my successes in the former, but possibly not, the latter. <br/><br/>The Mirabelle Bevan Mysteries are best described as a cozy mysteries, similar in feel to Agatha Christie's later works in that it is set in the 1950s, but with less of the (painfully) outdated language. The war is over, but the after effects are going to take time to recover from.<br/><br/>Mirabelle Bevan was 'something' in the war. She worked in the Secret Service, not an operative, but behind the scenes. Now the War is over and she has returned to civilian life. Leaving London for a fresh start in Brighton she is now a secretary at a debt collection agency. In the first book, we are introduced to a variety of characters as she became embroiled in a murder. These characters continue into this book to a greater or lesser extent. In particular, her partner in the Debt Agency, Vesta Churchill, a second generation immigrant from the Caribbean, comes more to the fore.<br/><br/>This book centres around the disappearance of a privileged young woman in a London Jazz club and the involvement of various coloured jazz players and their treatment. The supposed crime (no sign of the girl, so no one is really sure what has happened) is being pinned on a young man who grew up alongside Vesta - he comes to Brighton to enlist her help and soon both Vesta and Mirabelle are in London trying to find out what has happened and clear the young man's name.<br/><br/>The one thing that didn't ring true for me was this: Mirabelle goes 'up' to London on the Friday night and runs round the town for the whole weekend without so much as a spare pair of undies. Really, how realistic is that for someone who is supposed to be so ladylike??? But that is really nothing to spoil the book.<br/><br/>Mirabelle is a damaged character - as were many post-war: things were never the same for the men that returned or the women left behind. The author said, during her reading, that she wanted to parallel Britain's recovery alongside that of Mirabelle and you could see the growth of the characters in this book. I believe she plans to write a number of further novels (one for each year of the 1950s) which will show how Mirabelle (and Britain) recovers and I can't wait for the next one!