Dangers abound in 1950s Brighton as former Secret Service operative Mirabelle Bevan cuts to the chase to solve multiple murders . . .
When sportswriter Joey Gillingham stops off at a Brighton barbershop for a shave and a trim, he gets more than he bargained for—a slashed throat. The journalist's next headline story in the paper is his obituary.
With the ghastly murder the talk of the seaside town, Mirabelle and her close friend and coworker Vesta Churchill find themselves irresistibly drawn to the case. Rumors of the newspaperman being a member of the freemasons lead the ladies to the group’s local lodge, where they happen upon a cleaning lady in the throes of poisoning. Are the two deaths related? The common thread seems to connect to the secret society.
Despite being warned off by Superintendent McGregor, the fearless friends continue to investigate, breaking into an abandoned royal residence in Brighton and following a trail of clues to a Cambridge college and bizarre masonic rituals.
To beard the lion in his own den, Mirabelle and Vesta will need to walk the razor's edge—but with desperate characters and more bodies turning up, it's going to be a close shave . . .
“Adventurous and tough, the heroine must fight the perception that women are useless as sleuths, and her sidekick has an even tougher time battling prejudice against both women and black people as they unravel a puzzling mystery.”– Kirkus Reviews
“Sheridan has a gift for evoking the era’s class, racial, and social tensions.” - Publishers Weekly
Praise for the Mirabelle Bevan mysteries
“An entertaining mystery read—light, intriguing and ideal for a weekend escape.”
—RT Book Reviews
“A wonderful book for those who like to take a peek at life in the 1950s, including the mores, manners, and clothes.”
“One part Nancy Drew, two parts Jessica Fletcher, Mirabelle has a dogged tenacity to rival Poirot.”
“Great fun. The world needs Mirabelle's feistiness, intelligence and charm.”
—James Runcie, author of the Grantchester mysteries
“An extraordinarily rich historical.”
“As a British historical mystery, this fits the bill.”
—RT Book Reviews
“A beguiling page-turner.”
—Good Book Guide