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Publisher's Summary

"This is the most fun I've had with a book this year. Every page is a delight and the mystery got its hooks into me from the first chapter.” (Stuart Turton, best-selling author of The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle)

The letter was short. A name, a time, a place.

Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder plunges listeners into the heart of London, to the secret tunnels that exist far beneath the city streets. There, a mysterious group of detectives recruited for Miss Brickett's Investigations & Inquiries use their cunning and gadgets to solve crimes that have stumped Scotland Yard.

Late one night in April 1958, a filing assistant at Miss Brickett's receives a letter of warning, detailing a name, a time, and a place. She goes to investigate but finds the room empty. At the stroke of midnight, she is murdered by a killer she can't see - her death the only sign she wasn't alone. It becomes chillingly clear that the person responsible must also work for Miss Brickett's, making everyone a suspect.

Marion Lane, a first-year Inquirer-in-training, finds herself being drawn ever deeper into the investigation. When her friend and colleague is framed for the crime, to clear his name she must sort through the hidden alliances at Miss Brickett's and secrets dating back to WWII. Masterful, clever, and deliciously suspenseful, Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder is a fresh take on the Agatha Christie-style locked-room murder mystery with an exciting new heroine detective.

©2020 T. A. Willberg (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Intriguing, Entertaining Story. Lots of Suspense!

Didn't quite know where this story was headed, but I quickly found the story unusually engaging, wanting to hear more. The first half of the book seemed to be taking a different direction than did the last half, which dampened some of my enjoyment. Overall, everything did fit together well, although the narration performance soon outshined the plotline.

Loved the secretive tale of a clandestine investigation agency that solved unsolvable cases of crime and missing children. I had hoped the story might have focused on these events. However, the plotline shifted more to one of solving the unexpected murder of an agency associate and became more macabre and took on darker themes.

This adventure surrounds Marion Lane, a likeable character and an apprentice to the agency's doings in a story set in 1958 London. Appreciated the author's efforts in replicating the historical contexts and economic hardships on people in the languishing times of the postwar recovery.

If this becomes a series, I hope the plotline and storytelling focuses more on the agency's primary role of solving crimes through the many ingenious tools and practices described in this background installment.

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Hope this is just the beginning!

I loved this story and hope this just the beginning of more adventures with Marion Lane & Miss Brickets!

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Unique? Yes and no

Some people have critiqued this book as being Harry Potter for adults - but honestly, as a mystery fan, I found it closer to a whodunit in a unique technology setting than fantasy. And heck, there were novels with secret worlds in them before HP. It’s enjoyable, characters are interesting, and it’s well narrated. The author could have polished some of the character development but I’m excited to see other books Marion Lane appears in.

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Entertaining Story Marred by Misuse of Language

This otherwise entertaining story was marred for me by the author's frequently inaccurate use of words. For instance, when Marion awakes in bad shape because someone had spiked her drink the night before, the author tells us that "Marion had never looked so destitute." And this is just one of many such instances. (Where was the copy-editor?!!)

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This was just too “cute”. Could not get interested, listened about 4 hours, did not finish.

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juvenile fantasy

If you're a Harry Potter fan, and I'm not, you may like this . I was glad to get out of the dank, underground London tunnels.