*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author and Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources blog tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: Porter Norton, his friends and his sarcastic spirit guide, The Gliss, are on the trail of a young actress who went missing in Soho, London, in the Swinging Sixties. Still recovering from their last adventure in the battlefields of WW1, the gang are confronted by a transatlantic conspiracy.
Porter and the gang are back, in the second book in this historical, humorous, paranormal, mystery thriller series! Please do read Dead and Talking first, if possible, because although the author catches you up admirably during this sequel, you just won’t get the same feel for the gang and their antics if you miss out on that initial set-up.
For those familiar with the series already, Porter’s actions at the end of their last case have bound the gang closer together than ever before, much to The Gliss’s petulant chagrin. Looking for his next atonement case, the paranormal duo find themselves drawn into Namita’s first solo legal case – a contested will, which has led to a young woman who disappeared in the Sixties. Karin scents the opportunity for another topical documentary; Feng is along for the thrill of the ride (and to pay their fares) and Namita needs to win this case to eat… or at least, she needs to not completely muck it up from the start. Oops!
Soon the main characters, and the reader, are whisked along in a whirlwind of young, hopeful actresses, violent gangsters and international spies – jet-setting from Bristol and London, to Berlin and LA, in the search for the truth about what really happened to Rose and her friends back in those swinging Sixties. The pace and pressure are fast and high from the start, especially for such an old crime, with such elderly suspects, and I was breathless trying to keep up with all the twists and travel as the story unrolled in different directions at once.
Masterfully, Burkinshaw brings it all together smoothly for his grand finale, although unfortunately things cannot be said to go smoothly for his protagonists, who – once again – pay a high personal price for their attempts at good-doing. It’s becoming clear that if they plan to make a habit of this ‘Scooby-Doo stuff’ (I love Zouche!) then they will have to get their act together a bit more. They have all the skills they need between them; they just need to manage their resources, maybe take on some staff. I would recommend they start with door security and bodyguards!
This book, like its predecessor, is a witty and thrilling, fast-paced rollercoaster with a bit of something for everyone – history, mystery, ghosts, guns and banter. I highly recommend the series so far, and am eagerly awaiting the next instalment of Five Get Into Legal Trouble (for adults only)!
“Right,” said Namita, who was embarrassed she’d gone from rationed fags at home to overdoing it on coffee in LA at someone else’s expense. “Are we here because of a contested will? Or because Karin wants to make a documentary? Or because Porter and The Gliss are trying to track down a missing girl? It’s a bit of a mess.”– Des Burkinshaw, Miniskirts are Murder
“Bravo, Namita. My thoughts exactly,” said The Gliss. “I’m supposed to be helping Porter atone for his family’s sins, not doing Five Go Mad in Hollywood.”
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