With only five weeks to go before the end of her secondment to the Royal Gibraltar Police Force, D.S. Tamara Sullivan is enjoying life on the Rock. With one murder investigation successfully under their belts, Sullivan and her commanding officer, Chief Inspector Gus Broderick, settle down to regular police work under the sunny Mediterranean skies.
In London, the British Government has declassified a large number of top secret files regarding British Military Intelligence operations during World War Two. One file, concerning espionage operations on Gibraltar, has been smuggled out of the U.K. to Spain. It contains information that will draw Sullivan and Broderick into the dark and treacherous world of wartime Gibraltar. A place where saboteurs and espionage plots abounded. Where double and triple agents from Britain, Germany and Spain were at war in a treacherous and deadly game of undercover operations.
As the summer heat reaches its zenith in Gibraltar Town, a film crew has arrived on the Rock to shoot a movie about one of the most enigmatic and legendary spies of the war years – ‘The Queen of Diamonds’. Starring Hollywood A-lister Julia Novacs and produced by local born film maker, Gabriel Isolde, it is the talk of the Rock.
It is only a matter of time before past and present collide and a dangerous battle begins to conceal the truth about the Rock’s poisonous wartime history. Detectives Sullivan and Broderick become caught in a tangled web of intrigue and murder that will once again test their skills and working relationship to the very limit.
The Poisoned Rock is the second book in The Rock Murder Mysteries series. I haven’t actually read the first but found that this one read easily as a stand alone and didn’t feel in anyway at a disadvantage by not having reading the first.
The series is set in Gibraltar and like Tamara Sullivan, I very much found myself falling in love with this fabulous place. Through the authors writing, I could easily envision myself there, with all the sights, sounds and smells. It certainly had me wanting to pack my bags and hop on the next available plane.
I really enjoyed the whole story line of a film crew coming out to make a film based on the legendary story of The Queen of Diamonds. Unfortunately someone isn’t so happy about this legendary tale re surfacing and does their best to stop the film from happening.
Sullivan and Broderick are great characters. They are both different yet bring something unique to the table. Sullivan actually comes across as the more stronger out of the two. I think with Broderick’s family life, we see a more fragile and softer side to him, though when it comes to his work he is not afraid to show his authority but will give credit where credit is due.
The Poisoned Rock is very much a novel filled with mystery and suspense. The author kept me guessing throughout and the revelations at the end were well worth waiting for. The ideal read for fans of this genre.
My thanks to the author for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
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