Whistles After Dark, by April Taylor, Reviewed.

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This novella introduces amateur sleuth, Georgia Pattinson, early music soprano and a lady with guts. Sound a little specialist? Not a bit of it. Whilst there are references and interesting details relating to both her skill and the musical world she inhabits, this isn’t one of those elitist books that allows a special interest to take over the story. April Taylor develops her as a real and interesting character, who emerges engagingly from the page. And she gives her a proper crime drama to tackle.

There’s everything the crime fiction aficionado could want in this slim book. And plenty of meat in the tale. The location, Whitby, is a place I’ve visited occasionally and I recognise it from the author’s descriptions, but had I never been there, the accounts would have brought the place alive for me as a reader anyway.

In Georgia we’re given a woman of pluck and principles who has enough self-doubt mixed with a certain type of overcompensating arrogance to make a fascinating character. What’s more important, the reader cares what happens to her. Her humanity makes it easy to empathise with Georgia as she sets out, risking all in a desperate attempt to solve the murder of a young woman she knows, little realising that she’s placing herself in line as another victim. Who to trust in this tale of subterfuge, intrigue, smuggling and deception.

This is a page-turner, but one with heart and substance, where the characters lead the action through the convoluted plot. It’s a great little story and one I enjoyed with all its twists and turns. A good, sound ending, too.

Thoroughly entertaining and engaging. Crime fiction readers will love this.