A Death in Mayfair

A Death in Mayfair

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December 1941.
On a bright Sunday morning in Hawaii, Japanese planes swoop down and attack the US naval base at Pearl Harbour. America enters the war and Britain no longer stands alone against Hitler.

Conditions on the home front remain bleak. In a city pulverised by the Blitz, with rampant crime and corruption and overstretched police resources, life for Scotland Yard detective Frank Merlin continues as arduous as ever.

In the week of Japan's aggression, the shattered body of beautiful film star Laura Curzon is found on the pavement beneath her Mayfair apartment, an apparent suicide. A mile away, the body of a strangled young girl is discovered in the rubble of a bombed-out building.

Merlin and his team investigate, encountering fraudulent film moguls, philandering movie stars, depraved Satanists and brutal gangsters as they battle through a wintry London in pursuit of the truth.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 32mm | 260g
  • Accent Press Ltd
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1786156725
  • 9781786156723
  • 1,034,602

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Vivid descriptions of the era provide ideal background for the charismatic and likeable Merlin * Buzz Magazine * A vivid and often surprising portrayal of wartime London * The Western Mail * Suspenseful and plot driven, this book keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout * Rachel Read It * An excellent read by an author who clearly knows his subject . . . highly recommended * Alex J Book Reviews * Mr. Ellis comprehensively explodes that persisting myth of unalloyed wartime togetherness . . . an eye-opener -- Janet Roger A marvellous addition to this wonderful series * Swirl and Thread * This latest novel in Mark Ellis's DCI Merlin series goes way beyond the familiar cliches . . . satisfyingly complex * Shots Magazine * A mammoth read with a Dickensian plethora of characters that I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in . . . meticulously researched . . . deliciously complex * CARAMEROLLOVESBOOKS * Wow! Well just as I think I've completed my Outstanding Books Of The Year list, up pops another book that will be on the list * Mrs Bloggs: The Average Reader * Brimming with authentic details . . . A compelling tale of crime fiction * Foreword Reviews * Brimming with action . . . complex, addictive and highly entertaining . . . I cannot wait to read more books by Mark Ellis * The Book Cosy Book Club * A truly spellbinding page turner that keeps you hooked right to the end * Dorset Book Detective * So immaculately nuanced they genuinely feel like they belong in the cannon of mid-20th century thrillers . . . Another belter! -- Fiona Phillips A rollercoaster ride * The Yorkshire Herald * A richly atmospheric, authentic, and suspenseful detective series -- Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author This exciting, very well plotted and historically evocative story drives forward to its gripping conclusion * Euro Crime * [A] stylish thriller * Sunday Mirror *
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About Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis is a thriller writer from Swansea and a former barrister and entrepreneur. Mark grew up under the shadow of his parents' experience of the Second World War. His father served in the wartime navy and died a young man. His mother told him stories of watching the heavy bombardment of Swansea from the safe vantage point of a hill in Llanelli, and of attending tea dances in wartime London under the bombs and doodlebugs.

In consequence, Mark has always been fascinated by World War II and, in particular, the Home Front and the fact that while the nation was engaged in a heroic endeavour, crime flourished. Murder, robbery, theft and rape were rife.

Author of the DCI Frank Merlin series, Mark is also a member of the Crime Writer's Association.

He lives in London.
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