Miss Aldridge Regrets: from the bestselling author of This Lovely City comes a new gripping historical murder mystery in 2022!

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Miss Aldridge Regrets: from the bestselling author of This Lovely City comes a new gripping historical murder mystery in 2022!

Miss Aldridge Regrets: from the bestselling author of This Lovely City comes a new gripping historical murder mystery in 2022!

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Originally from Warrington, the capital is the inspiration for much of her work, including This Lovely City, which began life after a trip into the deep level shelter below Clapham Common. She isn’t used to a life of luxury or hobnobbing with the rich but she soon realises that the rich are not that much different from everyone else and some are not to be trusted. I had left London that morning, catching the boat train down to Southampton and holding my breath at each station stop until I was sure that the police wouldn't suddenly appear, hot on my trail. Her debut novel, This Lovely City, was published in the UK to wide acclaim, and was a Between the Covers Book Club Pick on BBC Two. Also maybe not that much of a mystery, cause i think alot of people might have guessed who the killer was since the author was trying hard to misdirect but overall engaging and i liked the time spent reading this book.

I looked around and congratulated myself on my timing, darting forward to grab a table as a couple vacated it. After the death of her friend’s husband, the club manager, she is offered a dream job on Broadway and travels aboard the HMS Mary Queen to get to New York.To think of all the things the author could have done with a setting such as the RMS Queen Mary, it makes me keen on picking up a pen and rewriting the whole book. Speaking of which, this book is almost 400 pages long at it has multiple “mysteries” to solve, but really… Nothing happens for most of it. She covers up a murder, she uses cocaine, she lies, she drinks heavily, and she’s kind of a crappy friend. The opulence of the setting, the fashion and Lena’s new wardrobe are dazzling and so perfectly in tune with the time period.

Luckily Charlie Bacon: ex police officer, look alike Clark Gable with strange last name appears out of nowhere at the right name in the right place, making her an offer she cannot reject. As will the idea of ‘passing’, an interesting part of my own identity as someone with an invisible disability who sits uncomfortably between people with disabilities and the able-bodied.More than that, someone is not happy with Lena‘s presence and various scenarios occur that make her life very difficult and it is questionable whether she will even make it to Broadway. The characters that we root for all have their own baggage and there arent your traditional goodies and baddies on show here.

It brings home to us the difficulties of being mixed race, perhaps worse for Lena who has never known her mother and didn’t grow up with that side of her identity explored.It had a definite Agatha Christie feel to it where everyone was a suspect, my only criticism would be that the ending felt slightly rushed but would definitely recommend to any historical thriller fans. It was difficult to absorb yourself in the narrative and I soon got to the stage where I didn’t really care. Lena has an interesting background, being a mixed-race woman who passes as white – something she is informed will be important to hide in the more colour conscious United States.



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