Merlin At War by Mark Ellis

The Thinking Man’s Copper

Merlin At War by Mark Ellis is the third book in the thrilling D.C.I. Frank Merlin series that has gripped me from the start. The books can each be read as a stand-alone but I would recommend reading them in order for maximum enjoyment.

In this book we catch up with Frank Merlin in the summer of 1941 as he continues to investigate crimes against the backdrop of World War II.

Merlin At War sees murder, fraud, spies, double agents and a botched abortion. Good and bad men alike are lost either to crime or war. Merlin At War is a fabulous crime suspense.

Mark Ellis has created a complex interwoven plot that crosses continents – England, France, Argentina –  to name but a few. It is all very intriguing, keeping the reader on their toes and guessing. D.C.I. Frank Merlin is definitely a thinking man’s copper.

There is an eclectic mix of characters. Frank Merlin is extremely well drawn and likable. He is loyal, hard-working and fair. The reader has glimpses of his home life which enhances our experience of his character and makes him fully rounded.

I think the Frank Merlin books would translate perfectly into movies or television dramas. It is a shame that John Thaw is no longer with us as he would make a perfect Frank Merlin.

I am thoroughly enjoying all the Frank Merlin novels and cannot wait to read more of this crime busting series – write faster please Mark Ellis!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. 

JULIA WILSON

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