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Five Dead Canaries (Paperback) (Edward Marston)

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1916. As thousands of Brits are fighting on the Front Line, a new breed of women emerges to hold the Home Front together. Fiercely independent and fiery-spirited, the munitionettes, or 'canaries', are easily recognizable with their chemically-stained yellow faces. Among the raucous group of women is Florrie Duncan, who plans to celebrate her birthday in style at the Golden Goose pub. But the celebrations are cut short when all but one are killed in a brutal explosion. Scotland Yard suggests it's the work of a German spy but Detective Inspector Harvey Marnion and Sergeant Joe Keedy remain unconvinced, believing something more complex and sinister to be at work. With five times the victims there are five times the motives for murder. As the pair begins to piece together the lives of the women, they unearth a tension simmering between many of the locals and the canaries. The dark days of the war has left everyone on edge and suspicion is rife. From marital dysfunction to a failed bomb plot, it seems everyone in the small town of Hayes has a motive, so Marmion and Keedy must work fast to uncover the murderer. Before more canaries are turned to dust.


"Cleverly plotted, well written and invoking the atmosphere of the time, I heartily recommend this book as an excellent read."
Lizzie Hayes, Mystery Women

"I enjoyed this. Marston, as always, has a good historical understanding and plainly knows his stuff... This is very much a traditional whodunit, with the slow building-up of clues, the red herrings, and the unexpected twists and turns of the plot. It all makes for a most enjoyable read."
Historical Novels Review
Number of Pages: 381
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Mystery + Crime
Series Title: Home Front Detective
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc
Author: Edward Marston
Language: English
Street Date: December 1, 2014
TCIN: 16110235
UPC: 9780749016425
Item Number (DPCI): 247-21-5091
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