Adelaide, 1931. Telephone switchboard operator Frances’ life is difficult as sole provider for her mother and adopted uncle. But it’s thrown into turmoil when she overhears a suspicious conversation on the phone, planning a murder.
If a life is at risk, she should tell the police; but that would mean breaking her confidentiality clause and would cost her the job. And practical Frances, not prone to flights of fancy, soon begins to doubt the evidence of her own ears – it was a very bad line, after all…
She decides to put it behind her, a task helped by the arrival of their new lodger, Phil. Phil takes her to a nightclub, where she meets charming but slightly dangerous club owner Jack. Jack’s no angel – prohibition is in force, and what’s a nightclub without champagne? But he’s a good man, and when Frances’ earlier fears resurface she knows that he’s the person to confide in.
Frances and Jack’s hunt for the truth put them in grave danger, and soon enough Frances will learn that some things are a matter of love and death…
This is very much what I would class as a cosy mystery.
I really enjoyed the era that the story is set in. It very much brought to life what living in that time would be like. The way people dress, how they lived and how the cinema and dances were all the rage.
There are quite a few likeable characters in the story. The main ones for me though were Frances and her Uncle Sal. The relationship between both made this novel even more worth while reading as it was really sweet to read. Jack is also great and was quite envious of Frances as he oozes sex appeal as well as being strong and manly.
For people who like a good mystery without the dark elements of a crime book, this is the perfect read. There was a nice balance of normal life as well as the build up of the crime. It is very much a tale of mystery and suspense with a great cast of characters.
A Matter Of Love And Death is a story that will transport you to the other side of the world as well as taking you into the heart of life in the 1930’s. A great read for people who like a combination of romance and a good old mystery to solve.
My thanks to Bombshell Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
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