Howdy booklovers and welcome to my stop on the tour for Marion Lane and the Deadly Rose. Thank you so much to Tracy of Compulsive Readers for having me on the tour!
The second installment in the Marion Lane mysteries series.
The envelope was tied with three delicate silk ribbons: “One of the new recruits is not to be trusted…”
It’s 1959 and a new killer haunts the streets of London, having baffled Scotland Yard. The newspapers call him The Florist because of the rose he brands on his victims. The police have turned yet again to the Inquirers at Miss Brickett’s for assistance, and second year Marion Lane is assigned the case.
But she’s already dealing with a mystery of her own, having received an unsigned letter warning her that one of the three new recruits should not be trusted. She dismisses the letter at first, focusing on The Florist case, but her informer seems to be one step ahead, predicting what will happen before it does. But when a fellow second-year Inquirer is murdered, Marion takes matters into her own hands and must come face-to-face with her informer-who predicted the murder-to find out everything they know. Until then, no one at Miss Brickett’s is safe and everyone is a suspect.
With brilliant twists and endless suspense, all set within the dazzling walls and hidden passageways of Miss Brickett’s, Marion Lane and the Deadly Rose is a deliciously fun new historical mystery you won’t be able to put down.
This is book Two in the Marion Lane series. Admittedly I haven’t read book 1 but I don’t feel that took away from my enjoyment of the book.
I found this one an enjoyable read that was well paced. Initially i had a little trouble getting into it but i think that may have been more me than a reflection of the book.
Once I got into it i found I really enjoyed Marion character. She was intriguing and i enjoyed the secret society aspect. However i do think there were some weaknesses in some aspects of the plot that could do with a little work. Overall though, i enjoyed it!
About the Author
T.A. Willberg was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her mother, after whom her protagonist is named, is a trained nurse who worked at the Institute of Race Relations during the years of apartheid. Her father is German and a mechanical engineer with a wildly inventive imagination, and certainly the influence behind many of the gadgets in the novel. She now lives in Malta with her partner.