- Title: Brighton Belle
- Author: Sara Sheridan
- ISBN: 9781496701183
- Page: 344
- Format: Hardcover
Great fun The world needs Mirabelle s feistiness, intelligence, and charm James Runcie, author of the Grantchester mysteriesIn post World War II England, former Secret Service operative Mirabelle Bevan becomes embroiled in a new kind of intrigue 1951 In the popular seaside town of Brighton, it s time for Mirabelle Bevan to move beyond her tumultuous wartime years an Great fun The world needs Mirabelle s feistiness, intelligence, and charm James Runcie, author of the Grantchester mysteriesIn post World War II England, former Secret Service operative Mirabelle Bevan becomes embroiled in a new kind of intrigue 1951 In the popular seaside town of Brighton, it s time for Mirabelle Bevan to move beyond her tumultuous wartime years and start anew Accepting a job at a debt collection agency seems a step toward a tranquil life But as she follows up on a routine loan to Romana Laszlo, a pregnant Hungarian refugee who s recently come off the train from London, Mirabelle s instincts for spotting deception are stirred when the woman is reported dead, along with her unborn child After encountering a social climbing doctor with a sudden influx of wealth and Romana s sister, who seems far from bereaved and doesn t sound Hungarian, Mirabelle decides to dig deeper into the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death Aided by her feisty sidekick a fellow office worker named Vesta Churchill no relation to Winston, as she explains Mirabelle unravels a web of evil that stretches from the Brighton beachfront to the darkest corners of Europe Putting her own life at risk, she must navigate a lethal labyrinth of lies and danger to expose the truth Praise for 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 Plenty of colour and action will engage the reader from the first page to the last Highly recommended Bookbag 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
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5 Words: Murder, mystery, feminism, investigation, British.Yes, I did pick this book up based purely on the cover. Because that cover is stunning.That was a relatively fun yet cosy mystery. I liked that Mirabelle pushed herself, tested the boundaries of society. She seemed like a very brave and intelligent (if slightly bored) young woman. I liked her tenacity in her investigations, how she honed her second-hand skills.But I found this book a little too easy to put down, which meant it took a lon [...]
You would think that after decades of reading, and decades of disappointments, I would have learned that – sometimes – there really is truth to that old saw about a book by its cover. But sometimes you can judge a book! And look at this one! It's gorgeous! Dammit.So the story goes that Mirabelle worked in the offices for the secret service during WWII, though she never went into the field, and now that the war is over she has a job working with a debt collector. A client comes in one day loo [...]
I am SO glad I requested this one and SO glad there was nothing or no one to bother me while reading it. There was a lot going on in this book, by that I mean characters and plots. Yet, it was so GOOD!! The list of suspects was so long, there is absolutely no way anyone could have figured out what was going on in this book. I had to read some things a couple of times because there were new characters and I thought I had missed something, which I had. Especially at the end with the lady on the tr [...]
Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.I picked up Sara Sheridan's Brighton Belle expecting a historical whodunit, but found instead a light mystery set in the post WWII Britain. Now I have nothing against light fiction, I read a lot of it, but having expected something weightier I found the reality somewhat underwhelming. This may seem like small potatoes to some readers, but the time period had little if any real impact on the narrative and that bothered me. I read historic ficti [...]
Mirabelle Bevan, about whom this book revolves, is a remarkable woman, inspiring even. During the war she worked for the Secret Service; not in the field, as she frequently points out, but in a desk job. But she read all the manuals.Now in post-World War II England, Mirabelle Bevan is having a bit of a hard time adjusting to peace. After all, in the war, no-one was just ordinary, and now life is nothing but ordinary.She has taken a job working in the office of a debt collector in Brighton follow [...]
I think the covers showed a depiction of the story and characters that looked too posh for something dark and creepy. Boy was I wrong. And this should teach me to judge a book by its cover.Mirabelle is a former British Secret Service intelligence worker who left the service and London when her lover died from a heart attack. The story takes place in 1951, two years after his death, and Mirabelle at first is still deep into mourning, living life by just going through the motions and drinking a li [...]
It's a nice idea this book.elligent woman kicking her heels in a deb collection agency gets embroiled in murder and the like. Belle's past is left almost blank, possibly to tease interest in the character for future novels, but at this stage all characters are left very thin. The plot gallops, but not in an enticing or interesting way, it is in fact so simple, and often pedestrian that you get the sense the author is just splashing possible ideas quickly down on each page, so as not to bother to [...]
Promising Maisie Dobbs readalike! So "promising," in fact, that I'd be feeling a bit ripped off by Mirabelle were I Maisie. Let's review. series plots seem to contain:Young female character. Postwar. Did something heroic and unconventional during the war. Kinda traumatized by it. Had slightly unacceptable love affair during said war. Ended tragically. Now back in England. Trying to do something totally different. Solves mysteries. Past creeps back. Has diversity sidekick. About that diversity si [...]
I really enjoyed this fast read featuring strong female characters. Mirabelle Bevan works as the secretary for a debt collection agency. It's a pretty ho-hum job after working behind the scenes at Whitehall (British spy headquarters) during WWII, but she put all that behind her after the sudden death of her lover, Jack. When her boss Bob turns up dead, Mirabelle finds herself caught up in a murder mystery and there's plenty more bodies besides Bob's. Along the way she enlists the help of Vesta, [...]
This was a book I set down around 20%. I wasn't connecting with the characters or the story. I picked this up hoping for a nice period read, but there was little regarding the post war era. I was also put off by the heroine pining over her dead boyfriend, with whom she had an illicit affair. I kept thinking I was reading the second book in a series as so many events from the past were eluded to, but no, this is the first in the series. Needless to say, this was just not a book that worked for me [...]
Baš jedan dobar, lagani krimić koji se odvija u poslijeratnoj Engleskoj Zanimljiva radnjaPrivukla me naslovnica, pa onda opis da se radi o krimiću tipa Agathe Christie (mada, likova je sve zajedno koliko kod Agathe ima samo posluge u jednom romanu, ali ok.a tu neku "britansku karizmu") Mala knjigica, lagano se čita, baš bi vam je preporučila, ako negdje putujete Knjiga za vlak, avion, bus, tram (shvatili ste ;) )
The idea of this was cool--interesting plot and character sketches--but the execution could have used improvement. I am always amazed that head-hopping POV jumps from one paragraph to the next don't get fixed in editing. I find them so disorienting when they're not done well, and these were not done well. I will give the author kudos for the surprise ending. I thought I'd had the entire whodunnit figured, but nope! I also liked that she included a woman of color as a major secondary character--s [...]
Review to come. ** Please note I received this book for free from First-Reads.
Underwhelmed. Yes there were moments, but it was sort of an old-fashioned, British version of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum without the slangy verve of New Jersey.
Mystery set in Brighton (“So good that I’ve already bought the next two in the Mirabelle Bevan Mystery Series”)1951 sees Mirabelle Bevan retired from her wartime job with the Secret Service and living a rather lonely and limited life in Brighton. Following the death of her lover and hopes of a cosy domestic life, she has left London with all its memories and taken a job well beneath her capabilities in a Brighton debt collection agency. Life seems to have little to offer her, apart from fr [...]
I enjoyed meeting Mirabelle and Vista very much!I know that these two women are going to make great partners in crime, oh I mean debt collection! They did a great job on their first try and now they are going to try it full time! Only next time they do not want as many dead bodies showing up.They make a great team and can get the most difficult collection jobs done in a flash. The book is very well written and kept me glued to it until until the very end. I will be waiting to get the next one so [...]
Brighton Belle is a promising beginning in a new series by Sara Sheridan set in the seaside resort of Brighton in 1951. Mirabelle Bevan had a very exciting War working in British Intelligence. Even though she was not a field agent, Mirabelle picked up a lot of investigative knowledge. She also fell in love with her boss, Jack. After the war, she moves to Jack's hometown of Brighton and dreams of future domestic bliss. When Jack dies of a heart attack she is set adrift and grieving intensely for [...]
I don't do plot summaries - I figure you can get those elsewhere.Interesting premise, some interesting characters, fair plot. I liked the 1950s Brighton setting, and the research seemed ok and often interesting. I'd have given it a 4 for those, but dear heavens, the writer hasn't met a head she doesn't hop from or to - in the middle of scenes yet. This is basic writing skill we are talking about. If you are doing multiple POV, for any particular scene you pick one character's POV and stick with [...]
Truth in reviewing: I received a free copy of this book through netgalleyThe premise seemed good -- former worker in British intelligence in WWII now broken-hearted and working for a debt-collector in Brighton. I was hoping for something Bletchley Circle-ish but instead got Nancy Drew with an English accent. (Although that might not be fair to Nancy Drew.) I suppose the tone was supposed to convey "madcap" adventure as Mirabelle and assorted colleagues stumbled from one crime to another; I found [...]
This was interesting. Mirabella was part of Britain's secret service (or equivalent) during the war. She was competent and enjoyed her job (desk job, not in the field as she mentions). She also fell in love and lost that love. Now the war is over and she is adjusting to something else. Some British slang/terms I wish I had pen and paper to write down to look up (library book and I didn't want to dog-ear the pages). Looked back to see if I could find them, but no. Oh well.I liked Mirabella's inte [...]
A young woman post-WWII is working for a debt recovery agent, and gets involved in a murder mystery. Mirabelle was involved in espionage during the War and uses her skills to help solve the mystery. Wonderful cast of characters and a lively plot keep the pages turning. I would definitely look for another in this series.
I was looking for a interesting period book but for some reason I couldn't seem to find myself to contact with the character therefor throwing out of the book on many occasions. Her endless pinning over her dead boyfriend drove me as a reader crazy. This book might work for others but for me things just didn't strike accord. AC from Netgelly.
Light read, easy to devour and suggested by another bookworm. Will definitely check out her other novels
3.5 stars A GoodReads giveaway win. Thank you!
3.5 stars. Fun little read. I like the spunky characters Mirabella and Vesta. Wonder what they'll get up to next?
Engaging hooked me in from page one.
loved this and hope it's the start of a series. Jolly good story
**OBTAINED: Giveaway**Brighton Belle (Mirabelle Bevan Mystery #1)"In post-World War II England, former Secret Service operative Mirabelle Bevan becomes embroiled in a new kind of intrigue"The book Brighton Belle takes place in postwar England, in 1951. Mirabelle Bevan, a woman that once was a Secret Service operative, now works a dull job at a debt collection agency. Her curiosity is sparked when she learns of a disappearance, and then soon murder of a pregnant foreigner, and she winds up follo [...]
I heard the author, Sara Sheridan at the Edinburgh Book Festival festival recently where she spoke about Mirabelle Bevan's origin. Her father recalled seeing a well-dressed woman on Brighton Beach in the 1950s dodging the deckchair attendant. He always wondered why, when it looked as though she didn't need to. The author decided to write a short story with a possible explanation and Mirabelle Bevan was born.I think it was the author herself at that book festival session who described this series [...]
I wanted to like this book. Hell, I wanted to love it! A gorgeous cover on the second book had me searching out the first in the series. I'm anal about reading series in order, always have been. This had an equally lovely cover. The synopsis was intriguing. It started off well. And yetI thought at first that I was just being distracted from the book, but when I read, I usually can do more than one thing at a time during a book's slower parts. When the book grabs me, the world disappears. Not thi [...]
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