In the years following World War II, former Secret Service employee Mirabelle Bevan has found a refuge in the quiet coastal town of Brighton. But she can't seem to resist an attraction to danger and a thirst for justice . . . 1952: Eighteen-year-old debutante Rose Bellamy Gore was last seen outside a Soho jazz club in the company of a saxophone player named Lindon Claremont. Now her mysterious disappearance is front-page news in the London tabloids. When Lindon turns up the next day in Brighton, desperately seeking help, Mirabelle counsels him to cooperate with the authorities. After the local police take the musician into custody and ship him off to Scotland Yard, Mirabelle and her best friend, Vesta Churchill, hop a train to London in search of the truth. As they scour smoky jazz clubs searching for clues to the deb's disappearance, they descend into a sinister underworld where the price of admission can be one's life. Mirabelle will need to draw on her espionage skills to improvise her way out of a disappearing act of her own . . . Praise for the first Mirabelle Bevan mystery, Brighton Belle "Beneath that prim exterior lies a fearless, fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants kind of gal. One part Nancy Drew, two parts Jessica Fletcher, Mirabelle has a dogged tenacity to rival Poirot." --Sunday Herald "Unfailingly stylish, undeniably smart." --Daily Record "I was gripped from start to finish." --Newbooks "Fresh, exciting, and darkly plotted, this sharp historical mystery plunges the reader into a shadowy and forgotten past." --Good Book Guide "Early 1950s England is effectively portrayed in this intriguing mystery story . . . An excellent read for the beach or a long flight." --Historical Novel Review "After many twists and turns, she finally unravels the mystery in an entertaining romp pitting her wits against underworld characters and scheming impostors." --Bookseller "An entertaining mystery read--light, intriguing and ideal for a weekend escape. Bits of history enhance the plot without overwhelming it, and a handful of unexpected twists keep the reader guessing." --RT Book Reviews
About the Author
Sara Sheridan's Mirabelle Bevan mysteries, first published in the U.K., have drawn heartfelt praise and a devoted following. Featured in Company and GQ magazines, Sara has been nominated for a Young Achiever Award, has received a Scottish Library Award, and was shortlisted for the Saltire Book Prize. As a journalist she has reported from Tallin and Sharjah for BBC Radio. She blogs for the Guardian, the London Review of Books and the Scottish Book Trust and is an accredited blogger for The Huffington Post. She is a member of the UK writers' collective "26" and of the Society of Authors, the Historical Writers Association, the Historical Novel Association, and the Crime Writers Association. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest and at sarasheridan.com.