The Automobile Assassination by M. J. Porter #BookReview #ErdingtonMysteries2 #MJPublishing #NetGalley #5*

A 1940s mystery

Erdington, September 1944

As events in Europe begin to turn in favour of the Allies, Chief Inspector Mason of Erdington Police Station is once more prevailed upon to solve a seemingly impossible case.

Called to the local mortuary where a man’s body lies, shockingly bent double and lacking any form of identification, Mason and O’Rourke find themselves at Castle Bromwich aerodrome seeking answers that seem out of reach to them. The men and women of the royal air force stationed there are their prime suspects. Or are they? Was the man a spy, killed on the orders of some higher authority, or is the place his body was found irrelevant? And why do none of the men and women at the aerodrome recognise the dead man?

Mason, fearing a repeat of the cold case that dogged his career for two decades and that he’s only just solved, is determined to do all he can to uncover the identity of the dead man, and to find out why he was killed and abandoned in such a bizarre way, even as Smythe demands he spends his time solving the counterfeiting case that is leaving local shopkeepers out of pocket.

Join Mason and O’Rourke as they once more attempt to solve the impossible in 1940s Erdington.

The Erdington Mystery series

  1. The Custard Corpses
  2. The Automobile Assassination

A Second Stunning Read!

Another stupendous tale in this amazing mystery series!

As the war continues and turns in favour of the allies, Detective Chief Inspector Mason of Erdington Police Station’s reputation precedes him; having solved the puzzling case of The Custard Corpses his help is sought in another seemingly impossible investigation. Along with Sergeant O’Rourke he is tasked with finding out what happened to the latest unidentified body – one where rigor has set in with the corpse doubled over in a strange position. What on earth happened – and who was this man? Mason doesn’t want another long running cold case on his hands and so pulls out all the stops to get to the bottom of things and a visit to the local aerodrome seems to be a good place to begin.

It’s fair to say that I loved the first book in this series; there is something about mysteries which take place before modern investigating methods came into being. Footwork is the name of the game, and Mason and O’Rourke do plenty of it in this second novel. It’s great to see more of O’Rourke – at a time when women were very much the underdogs in society she is making great strides in her career and is a perfect pairing with Mason. They have a great camaraderie and I look forward to many more novels and seeing their relationship strengthen. Another gripping read and an almost impossible case to solve kept me glued to my kindle from start to finish. This is an author who knows how create characters and a story which draws the readers in and yet leaves no stone unturned come the final page. Beautifully written and absolutely recommended with a definite 5* from me.

My thanks to the author who alerted me to the imminent release of this second book when I recently reviewed the first, and to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: period mystery

Author Details

I’m an author of historical fiction (Early English, Vikings and the British Isles as a whole before the Norman Conquest) and fantasy (Viking age/dragon-themed). I’ve recently written a relatively modern mystery novel set in 1943. I was born in the old Mercian kingdom at some point since 1066. Raised in the shadow of a strange little building, told from a very young age that it housed the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia and that our garden was littered with old pieces of pottery from a long-ago battle, it’s little wonder that my curiosity in Early England ran riot. I can only blame my parents!

I write A LOT. You’ve been warned!


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