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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Murder at the Mill by T A Belshaw

Set in 1939, the story set amongst the workings of a large mill in a small Kentish town begins with the murder of the owner's son. Edward was unpopular not just with the workers of the mill as he was immoral and tried to intimidate the women workers, but he was unpopular with his father despite being the only son. The detectives in charge of the case work slowly and methodically to eliminate so many people who are suspect as Edward made many enemies on the way. They were hindered in their investigations by their superiors because the big wigs in the town did not want to be interrogated or questioned in anyway, and felt that it was something below their dignity to be interviewed by the Police. The story not just a mystery murder, but set out in descriptive detail the social background and workings of a working class family life, the outlook and general day to day life of a working class girl and how they lived on a day to day basis. Amy was different from the other girls but she was also governed by the moral standards of the day and she adhered to them all. This part of the story was equally interesting as the detective part itself. Sent by BooksGoSocial for an unbiased review, courtesy of Netgalley.

2 comments:

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

It is rare that I read a historical fiction book that completely brings me into the story. So often the vocabulary of the characters doesn't ring true with me. It sounds like this book succeeded in sharing the norms of the day.

Literary Feline said...

This sounds really interesting, Mystica. Historical mysteries are among my favorite types of mysteries. I will look for this one.