Review of “Fifth Column”

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“Fifth Column” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Mike Hollow (http://www.blitzdetective.com). Mr. Hollow has published two novels, both in his “Blitz Detective” series.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The novel is set in 1940 London during the German Blitz.

The body of a young woman is found after an air raid. While she is at first thought to be a victim of the German attack, evidence begins to emerge that she was murdered. Detective Inspector John Jago is assigned the case and becomes the primary character in the story.

The investigation takes Jago to the engineering firm where the girl worked. He finds out that the company has been missing small items and speculates that there may be a  connection. Jago must sort through the odd collection of characters connected to the dead woman. Not all are telling the truth and they often have something to hide.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 14 hours I spent reading this 320 page Mystery. Not only did I find this to be a good Mystery, but I liked some of the little details that the author mentioned about the War period: Advice given to women in paper to ‘do their positive bit by keeping up their appearance’ and people of German and Austrian heritage being detained in camps. Little known facts I had not heard of before.

I thought it was also interesting how the local amateur radio enthusiasts (we would call them Hams today) were used to help listen for German spy radio transmissions. The chosen cover was interesting and gave a feel for the story. The story moved along quickly and maintained my interest. I give this novel a 4.7 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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