I have been with Mirabelle from the beginning and here I am with her in her seventh book. I have to say it is good to be back, but this is not a book to start the series with, go back and start from the beginning, you will understand the characters, their past and their current dynamics far more that plunging straight in halfway through.
It is 1957, and the heat of the summer has yet to dissipate in Brighton.
Mirabelle is intrigued by a little girl sat on a bench just near her apartment, this girl is from London but she is recovering at a convalescent home for children so they can benefit from the sea air. The little girl keeps running away from this home and it appears she may be being bullied.
Returning her, Mirabelle discovers Uma, a nurse with a past and who seems rather distracted by what is going on in the home. Mirabelle’s intrigue is further piqued when the local priest ends up dead she is found with the body.
Mirabelle appears to be very vulnerable in this novel, she is still coming to terms with the end of her relationship with McGregor, Vesta her assistant is caught up with family life and her new baby and even fellow colleague Bill seems distracted. Mirabelle feels she is very much on her own and when Dr Chris Williams pays her some attention, he seems the perfect escape – but what is he hiding and is he too good to be true.
Mirabelle is still pulled back to the home and the nurses, and when a nurse disappears she cannot leave well alone. Trouble is Mirabelle likes a mystery but she appears to be hindering other operations going on in Brighton, both legal and illegal.
Can Mirabelle survive or will everyone she knows betray her and she will be left to face the consequences alone.
This is an excellent novel and is as strong as the first in the series. I was hooked from the beginning, my mind making all sorts of conclusions to what was going on in that home and what a dead priest and a missing nurse had to do it will all. As the book reached its claustrophobic denouement, I was right not to have trusted some of the characters but was completely way off on what was really going on.
I heartily recommend this book and the series as a whole. If you want to read some great fiction which knocks holes in the glass ceiling of equality in all its diverse forms then this is an author and series for you.
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.
Indian Summer is out now.
The Mirabelle Bevan series is as follows – links take you to my reviews.