Top critical review
6 March 2013
Research excellent, settings believable, many characters convincing, plot a bit wild, with unlikely ramifications. (Berlin). Ms Winspear's heroine veers between sensitive ex VAD who lied about her age and intrepid, intelligent investigator whom not much shocks. I believed in her Dad but less in her aristocratic patrons and hardly at all in her tame policeman, though I know the horrible, stupid, jealous and misogynistic sergeant was true to life because I've met some like that among my father's dinosaurian colleagues: he was a good, kind police sergeant, a New Man ahead of his time.) This book suggests that the police of the period missed obvious facts because of their prejudices, a claim I have no difficulty in accepting.
My chief reservation about the book is the language: though there were few historical solecisms, it felt very modern. Ms Winspear is not confident with long, latinate words and sometimes tangles herself in long sentences and yes, before you mutter under your breath, I am a retired English teacher and most people would neither notice not care about the slight weakness of style. I shall try another and hope to like it better.