Book Description: An attractive young woman is found dead on a bomb site in the early hours of the morning. At first glance, she is just another casualty of the previous night's air raid, but when the post-mortem shows signs of strangling, DI Jago is called on to investigate. The dead woman is smartly dressed but carries no identity card. However, a local engineering company reports a member of staff has failed to appear at work that morning and the body is quickly identified as that of Miss Mary Watkins. DI Jago's initial interviews yield little fruit, no one can think of a reason why Mary would be murdered, but as the investigation continues DI Jago starts to uncover a trail of deception and betrayal.
My Thoughts: When I read Direct Hit by Mike Hollow I loved it so much that I keep my eye out for any new books by him. So, you guessed it! I did a happy dance when I received Fifth Column (The Blitz Detective) in the mail.
Fifth Column has no "carryovers" from Direct Hit...they are two separate reads. Not counting Detective Inspector Jago and the pretty war correspondent, Dorothy Appleton, who seems to distract poor Jago.
A young woman's dead body has been found among the debris. The corpse is Mary Watkins. But it seems that no one cares that anything happened to poor Mary even her family seems uninterested.
As Jago becomes entangled in this mystery, he finds more and more intrigue. It seems that Mary didn't even live on the the street where she was found, nor was it the bomb that killed her. For the post-mortem shows that poor Mary was strangled.
It seems that Mary may not be whom everyone thought she was. Even though she worked at a chemical plant and chemicals are missing . . . no one seems to care to talk about "it." "Things" just don't add up for Jago and the delightful Miss Appleton. What a team!
What a mystery! What intrigue!
Another great hit by Mike Hollow!
*This book was provided for review by Kregel Publications*