Seeking The Truth
Stalin’s Gold by Mark Ellis is a thrilling historical suspense. It is the second book in the DCI Frank Merlin series which is marvellous. It can be read as a stand-alone.
The setting is mainly in London in 1940 at the height of the Blitz. The reader witnesses the continual destruction night after night by the Luftwaffe. The British bulldog spirit is strong as the people stand firm.
Alongside the crime of looting stands murder and a mystery to solve. Frank Merlin is thorough at his job, a steadfast English detective who endears himself to the reader.
The reader also gets a glimpse into the character of Stalin. He was an evil dictator who would always have the last word.
Conflicts begun in Eastern Europe find their way to London. Frank Merlin must use all his powers of deduction to solve the crimes.
I really enjoyed Stalin’s Gold. Mark Ellis is a marvellous author who constructs complex and compelling stories that capture the reader’s attention from the start. His Frank Merlin books would translate perfectly into movies or television dramas. I am looking forward to reading much more by Mark Ellis.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.