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.
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.
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.