21 September 2016

Fifth Column by Mike Hollow

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Detective Inspector Jago investigates, uncovering deception and betrayal.

At first glance, the young woman found in the early hours of the morning where bombs have landed is just another casualty of the previous night's air raid. But when the post-mortem shows signs of strangulation, Detective Inspector Jago is called on to investigate.

The dead woman is smartly dressed but carries no identification. However, a local engineering company reports a staff member has failed to appear at work that morning and the body is quickly identified as that of Miss Mary Watkins.

DI Jago's initial interviews yield little fruit; no one can think of a reason why Mary would be murdered. But as the investigation continues DI Jago begins to uncover a trail of deception and betrayal.

An excellent addition to Mike Hollow’s Blitz Detective series, Fifth Column finds Detective Inspector John Jago once again trying to solve an air-raid murder. With the same attention to history found in Direct Hit, Hollow shares a well-paced and intriguing mystery as Jago pieces clue after clue together. It had me guessing from the beginning to the end, and I really enjoyed it. Fans of historical mysteries will certainly be pleased with Fifth Column, even without reading the previous book, and I recommend it.

Thanks to Kregel Publications, I received a copy of Fifth Column and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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