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London Calling: A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery [Hardcover]

Sara Sheridan
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7 Mar 2013 Mirabelle Bevan Mystery
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.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited (7 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846972434
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846972430
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 693,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"History is a treasure chest which contains not only facts and figures, archive material and artefacts but stories. I love the stories."
Sara Sheridan was born in Edinburgh and studied at Trinity College, Dublin. She works in a wide range of media and genres. Tipped in Company and GQ magazines, she has been nominated for a Young Achiever Award. She has also received a Scottish Library Award and was shortlisted for the Saltire Book Prize. She sits on the committee for the Society of Authors in Scotland (where she lives) and on the board of '26' the campaign for the importance of words. She's taken part in 3 '26 Treasures' exhibitions at the V&A, London, The National Museum of Scotland and the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. She occasionally blogs on the Guardian site about her writing life and puts her hand up to being a 'twitter evangelist'. From time to time she appears on radio, most recently reporting for BBC Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent. Sara is a member of the Historical Writers Association and the Crime Writers Association. A self-confessed 'word nerd' her favourite book is 'Water Music' by TC Boyle.

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'A gripping, stylish narrative that helps reclaim the "cosy" murder mystery by consciously including the more uncomfortable aspects of society that it has always embodied under the surface' --Dundee University Review of the Arts

'We loved the first in this post WW2 series, Brighton Belle, and the second adventure is even better' --Lovereading

'A beguiling page-turner' --Good Book Guide

'A thoroughly readable mystery with an interesting backdrop' --The Rocker BlogSpot

'Atmospheric, fast paced and rich in detail of 1950s Brighton you can almost hear the jazz music and clinking of the cocktail glasses … A perfect book for all fans of a good old fashioned crime mystery' --Julie, Waterstones Lancaster

'A thoroughly readable mystery with an interesting backdrop' --The Rocker BlogSpot

About the Author

Sara Sheridan writes fiction for adults and children. Previous recent novels include The Secret Mandarin (2009) and Secret of the Sands (2011), both published by HarperCollins. She studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin. Sara sits on the committee of the Society of Authors in Scotland and was Project Manager for the 26 Treasures Project in Scotland 2011. Sara has her own website and is very active on Facebook and Twitter. She lives in Edinburgh with her family.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars London Calling 27 Mar 2013
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Mirabelle Bevan and Vesta Churchill run a debt recovery agency in nineteen fifties Brighton. When a friend of Vesta's, Lindon Claremont, turns up on their doorstep asking for help both Mirabelle and Vesta find themselves involved in a more complex case than they had bargained for.

Lindon seems to be the last person who saw Rose Bellamy Gore before she disappeared outside a seedy jazz club in London and he is wanted for questioning by the police. Mirabelle and Vesta encourage him to go to the police but things don't work out as expected and both girls travel to London and start asking questions which might put them both in danger.

If you enjoyed this author's `Brighton Belle' then you will love this second book in the series. Life in the nineteen fifties is vividly described and the difference in attitudes between then and now is very clear to modern readers. I like both the main characters and think they are developing in interesting ways. I like the aura of secrecy which surrounds Mirabelle's previous life and the way the author introduces scraps of information about it every now and then.

The book is well plotted and includes some very murky aspects of human nature and of crime but there is little on the page violence and no bad language. This series shows how compelling mysteries can be written without bad language, excessive violence or gratuitous sex. In fact the books are all the better for their lack of these ingredients.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Before I start, I should probably warn you. I am going to eulogise about this book. Unashamedly, unreservedly, full-on rave about it.

Firstly, it is part of the Mirabelle Bevan series. If you are not yet familiar with Mirabelle, this is important because she is elusive, attractive, witty and sharp. She is the kind of woman that men are intimidated by and she utilises her wily charms to wheedle out the facts she needs from men she encounters. I want to be like her. Infact, scrap that-I want to BE her.

Set in London in 1952, London Calling is the second book in the Mirabelle series. When a beautiful debutante mysteriously vanishes from a jazz club, saxophonist Lindon Claremont is the number one suspect. A childhood friend of Vesta, Mirabelle's sidekick, the women are determined to find out the truth and clear Lindon's name. We are sucked into the underground music scene and exposed to alluring secret drinking dens and caddish jazz musicians. As a fan of this era, Sara Sheridan does a fantastic job of representing post war London as a buzzing city high on promise and hope.

Delightful old-fashioned mystery stories in the same vein as Agatha Christie's classic 'Miss Marple' books, the Mirabelle books are intriguing and beguiling whilst never drifting into uncomfortable violence or unnecessarily graphic scenes. London Calling does not disappoint, and I found myself wishing that it was longer-always a promising sign! Infact, I was devastated when I finished the book and immediately tweeted the author asking when the next book will be out (unfortunately, not until 2014).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jolly well done, Mirabelle 10 Jun 2013
By Mrs. R.
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If I want to read a 1950s detective story, I usually pick up something written in the 1950s rather than 60 years later. But I'd bought and read the first Mirabelle Bevan mystery while stuck in Heathrow for five hours and enjoyed it very much. So I was rather keen to get my hands on the second one, London Calling.

It's done very nicely. Some historical novels feel as if the writer has tried far too hard to be realistic, dropping in the names of cars or groceries that no longer exist, having a crack at athenticity but missing the point by making their stories incomprehensible. Sara Sheridan's writing just flows; you get involved in the story without any period distractions. And she describes the difficulties and rare delights of the real auterity that the British went through during rationing. She makes me wish that the intriguing Duke's Hotel hadn't been knocked down and replaced with the bland slab that's in its place now.

You get suspense, tons of action and a slowly unravelling plot. You don't get people being murdered right in front of you; it just happens and you find out about it later. Is that the difference between a mystery and a thriller? If it is, and you like mysteries then I recommend that you start to follow Mirabelle's career as an amateur detective.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz hot 22 Jun 2013
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Set in and around the smoky jazz clubs of 1950s Soho, London Calling's rhythm evokes the fiction of the time, but with a modern tempo and pacing which makes it appeal to today's reader.

The second in what will hopefully be a long series, the novel sees the return of fatalistic femme Mirabelle Bevan and her cheerful sidekick Vesta Churchill. When one of Vesta's childhood friends turns up at her Brighton debt recovery office looking for help, Mirabelle once again finds herself doggedly pursuing the truth, and finding out exactly what does go on behind the closed doors of polite English society.

Sheridan has a flair for evoking the era, and does so with a lightness of touch which doesn't intrude on the slow-burning but well-paced plot. The less wholesome aspects of the period's prides and prejudices aren't brushed under the carpet, but are dealt with frankly, and without patronising either the characters or the readers.

The third novel in the series is currently being written, so there is every sign that the Mirabelle Bevan Mysteries will become an established series. I'm certainly looking forward to being reacquainted in the not too distant future with Mirabelle and Vesta -- and their little dog too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars We can do anything !
Right from the start you are caught up in the plot and find it very hard to put the book aside just to continue daily life. SUPERB
Published 1 month ago by Elaine O`Brien
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read
Published 1 month ago by Carol Cole
4.0 out of 5 stars All that Jazz
Mirabelle Bevan might have found her niche in life since, the Second World War and the Nineteen Fifties are starting to show a changing world. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jo D'Arcy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant new series
Really an excellent read, exciting and with a couple of engaging amateur sleuths
I thoroughly enjoyed it have the next in the series waiting on my kindle!!
Published 5 months ago by maureen mchugh
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air.
A thoroughly enjoyable read. What a refreshing change to come across an author who doesn't need to plumb the depths of grim reality for an engrossing story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dave Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely buying the next one
I read the first, Brighton Belle, and enjoyed it but I think London Calling is just generally more fluid and that Sara Sheridan is getting into her stride. Read more
Published 9 months ago by L Weale
5.0 out of 5 stars Mirabelle is Back
I loved the first book in this series and was delighted to find out there was a second one. I did enjoy it, though not quite as much as the first one. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I liked this book The plot races along and there is a new fresh detective heroine, Mirabelle Bevan to contend with. She and her sidekick Vesta are thoroughly likeable. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sm Cresswell
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjiyed this book
I really enjoyed this book. ..it has a certain quality that makes you want to keep in reading...will be reading whole series
Published 12 months ago by Bennett Gaverne
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable from the start
Having read and enjoyed the first Mirabelle Bevan mystery (Brighton Belle), I was very much looking forward to this book, but the implausibility of the plot and period (and hence... Read more
Published 12 months ago by S T AVIS
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