By Mike Hollow
The Blitz Detective
The jagged blast of high explosives rips through the evening air. In the sky over East London the searchlights criss - cross in search of the enemy. On the first night of the Blitz, a corpse is discovered in a van in the back streets of West Ham. Detective Inspector John Jago recognizes the dead man as local Justice of the Peace Charles Villiers. But then a German bomb obliterates all evidence. Villiers was not a popular man, both powerful and feared. As the sirens wail, the detective must start matching motive to opportunity - and it doesn't help when his boss foists an intrusive American journalist on him. Ago soon discovers the dead man held many secrets, some reaching back to World War I. A lot of people wished Villiers dead - and an air raid is a good time to conceal murder.
Back in middle school (and maybe a bit before that) when I first started reading real books, you know chapter books with drama, I loved historical fiction. It makes it easy to actually picture the setting and play a bit of pretend when you're reading. Mike Hollow does a great job with this WWII book on all fronts. I love the character development, setting and of course the drama going on. If you like For Love or Loyalty or Rules of Murder this is a book to check out.