A thoroughly enjoyable read! Ellie McDonnell has been raised since infancy by her widowed uncle Mick, a locksmith and a safecracker. It’s London, August 1940, Britain is in the war and Mick’s two sons have been called to duty. Ellie already is trained in both sides of the family business, when she learns her skills on the shadier side are needed for a government matter. A cast of suspects–traitors some–a dishy but distant Major, a series of mishaps, hampering a ragtag band of sorta do-gooders’ efforts to secure stolen wartime papers, and a fun array of red herrings are present. It’s enough to satisfy any fan of cozy/historical fiction mysteries. I won an advance readers copy of A Peculiar Combination in a Goodreads giveaway and I’m glad I did. I previously read Weaver’s first book in the Amory Ames series, “Murder at the Brightwell,” and found it wanting. Weaver has definitely found her voice and addressed the weaknesses in that effort, probably several books ago. The characters are well drawn. The writing is light but engaging and entertaining. And there are several hints of stories to come in the series. I definitely plan to keep up with Electra McDonnell!
Published by Emily Leader
I have been an avid reader since Dick and Jane met Sally. At age 7, I read my parents' first edition of "To Kill a Mockingbird." I am a retired lawyer and so read almost only fiction for pleasure. I'm adding in nonfiction these days, largely on social justice matters but also history, biography, and weird topics that catch my imagination. I used to read only serially, one book at a time. Presently, I read paperbacks, hardcovers, listen to audible, listen to CDs and read online through Net Galley. Covid-19 has caused me to read a lot so I have re-upped my Goodreads challenge for 2021 and am starting to review at least my favorite finds annd, perhaps, some stinkers. View all posts by Emily Leader