Princes Gate by Mark Ellis is a thrilling historical political crime suspense that captured my interest from the start. It is the first book in the DCI Frank Merlin series which promises to be fabulous.
The action is set in London in 1940 around the American Embassy and Whitehall. Tension is heightened as no one knows when the phony war will break. Familiar names crop up from time to time adding an air of authenticity to the novel as the reader wonders, could this actually be true?
Comprehensive descriptions from Mark Ellis enable the reader to experience the story. We ‘walk’ through the unlit streets of wartime London beside the characters. We ‘see’ what they see.
Frank Merlin, the main character, is likable and realistic. He has a caring nature and a fatherly air, and the reader trusts him. He reminded me of Inspector Morse. He is a thinking man’s copper.
All the characters are well drawn. They evoke a variety of emotional responses and feeling from the reader.
The plotline is well thought out and executed, intricate in nature. I tried to work it out but failed, once more.
Princes Gate was a fabulous political thriller that intrigued and consumed me – from seedy nightclubs to the echelons of power I accompanied the police throughout.
I really loved Princes Gate and think it would translate perfectly to television or the big screen. I for one would love to see it dramatized. I can picture Martin Shaw in the role of Frank Merlin – any producers out there, grab this book now and make my wish come true.
Mark Ellis is a new name to me. I predict he will be big in crime drama. Grab hold of his books today.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.