Series: Mydworth Mysteries #3
Published by Bastei Entertainment on November 29, 2019
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Sussex, England, 1929.
Mydworth is a sleepy English market town just 50 miles from London. But even in this idyllic spot, crime is never far away…
Luckily the young and adventurous Sir Harry Mortimer has returned to Mydworth from his diplomatic posting in Cairo, with his unconventional American wife, Kat. And between them they are a match for anything – even murder.
When a prominent family's daughter flees sleepy Sussex to seek a career on the stages of a glittering West End, Harry and Kat are asked to check in on the young woman. But the two of them soon discover that there is a much bigger danger to the woman and her family than mere acting dreams being crushed.
Sir Harry Mortimer and his American wife, Kat, are settling into married life in the small town of Mydworth. London Calling! is the third in the Mydworth series and can be read as a stand-alone, but since they’re each only a little over 100 pages, it might just make as much sense to go back and meet Harry and Kat at the beginning. They make a good couple. They’re both smart and resourceful. Kat is definitely a “modern woman” for the times, the late 1920s, and Harry seems quite happy that she can ride a motorcycle and throws a mean hook when she needs to. Harry is a nice, friendly, refined man who can also be tough when it’s called for.
This time around they head to London to find the daughter of Glenys and Aubrey Spense. She’s gone to try her luck at making it big as a dancer, but the couple hasn’t heard from her. Actually, the wife is the one who wants Kat and Harry to find her. Aubrey insists they just stay out of it. Kat and Harry, of course, head off to London, anxious for the girl and suspicious of Aubrey’s dismissal.
It’s a quick little mystery. We get a look at the seedier side of the London entertainment industry in 1929. I don’t think it’s much of a spoiler to say that Kat and Harry save Lizzie, but Kat does it with her usual brashness and style. I like her and I like Harry for respecting and trusting her decisions.
Like the vintage feel of these quaint villages and the period too. Thanks for the post
The series isn’t amazingly fabulous, but it’s enjoyable.
Loving the art deco cover. Whilst the setting (and characters, maybe) interest me that they are such short stories does kind of put me off. I can certainly see the appeal though and to read them from the start rather than beginning part way through, given their short length, certainly makes sense.
Sometimes I like a novella. These are quick and light and can be read in one sitting.