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Enemy Action (The Blitz Detective #3) [Download] ➻ Enemy Action (The Blitz Detective #3) Author Mike Hollow – Thomashillier.co.uk Pacifists don't own revolvers But Paul Ramsey does And now he's dead Fifty people suashed into a stinking public air raid shelter all night – babies screaming old ladies crying no beds not even a li Pacifists don't own revolvers But Paul Ramsey does And now he's dead Fifty people suashed into a stinking public air raid shelter all night – babies screaming old ladies crying no beds not even a light to see by When the all clear siren sounds people disperse to home and work But one man remains He’s Paul Ramsey a young teacher and he’s dead – stabbed through the heartDI Jago uickly establishes that the victim was a pacifist desperate to avoid military service Why then was he carrying a loaded revolver in his pocket Did he have enemies Was he intent on harming someone – or even himself Jago discovers that Paul isn’t the only pacifist whose convictions have been challenged For some anger and violence lie just below the surface And despite Ramsey’s moral stance it seems there were dark shadows in his life In fact than one person might have had a motive for murder.

9 thoughts on “Enemy Action (The Blitz Detective #3)

  1. Judy Lesley Judy Lesley says:

    I received an e ARC of this novel through NetGalley and Lion Hudson Plc Lion Fiction Thank youThis is the third book in the Blitz Detective series but the first novel I've read either in that series or by Mike Hollow The story takes place in the Essex County Borough of West Ham in 1940 This area of London was bombed so heavily during the Blitz because it was located near the shipyards and the German strategy was to disrupt the building of British ships to make the island even isolated and incapable of fighting the German warships In previous novels I've read about this horrible time in British history the people who took shelter from the bombs did so in the tunnels of the London Underground In this story the people shelter in concrete bunkers constructed above ground actually in the roadway The author shows what a nightmare these above ground bunkers must have been with no ventilation systems and nothing to do but sit in the dark on a concrete bench or on newspapers on the floor until the all clear sirens sounded It's no wonder so many people made the deadly decision to remain in their homes or to go into their own Anderson shelters in their back gardenWhen the all clear is sounded after a night of heavy bombing the body of a man is found in one of the above ground shelters Police are called and Detective Inspector John Jago and Detective Constable Peter Craddock follow the clues to discover the identity of the victim and the motive for the killing Their investigation leads them to the pacifist movement the state of the education system for the children remaining in the city and the temptations for corruption in the local governing bodyI learned many new facts concerning this point in the history of World War II and for that I thank the author I could not seem to become completely engaged with the main characters but I might be willing to read another book in this series in the future

  2. Toni Osborne Toni Osborne says:

    Book# 3 in The Blitz Detective SeriesBook # 3 is as great as the previous installments and is just up my alley a mix of historical events during WW11 and a dazzling murder mystery Oh yes people are suashed into stinking public air raid shelters and when the all clear is heard they disperse to go home and workbut in “Enemy Action” Paul Ramsey is found stabbed and is definitely dead DI John Jago and DC Peter Cradock are the lead investigators and we follow them in their mandate every step of the wayThe plot is very well constructed and captivating from start to finish definitely a page turner I love how the author depicts his protagonists they are very sensitive have an excellent relationship and complement each other in their views The rich cocktail of secondary characters are well drawn we have a victim so called pacifist and than one person who have a motive for murderTo top it all; we have some funny doings at the municipal level kickbacks and blackmail all of this is exciting to read Seems things never changeAlthough a fiction this story is so realistic it feels you are there at the heart of the action This is simply a fascinating read set against the backdrop of the air raids on East London Mike Hollows has obviously paid great attention to details to bring both the characters and the environment alive Excellent readI am looking forward to see what Mr Hollows has in store for Jago and Cradock nextI received this ARC from the publisher Lion Hudson Plc via NetGalleys for exchange for an honest and unbiased review

  3. Lisa Johnson Lisa Johnson says:

    Title Enemy Action The Blitz Detective #3Author Mike HollowPages 318Year 2017Publisher Lion FictionMy rating is 5 out of 5 starsThis is a series that is right up my alley It is British historical WWII era and police procedural This is one of my favorite genres and I am glad I have found a new author This is the third book in the series and while it could be read as a standalone I would recommend reading the books in order as there are references made in this book to prior events that occurred in the other two books of the seriesThe air raid siren announces the need to take shelter People head to the concrete bunkers built in the middle of the road that are supposed to be protection from the bombs dropped by the Germans Tell that to Jack Ramsey who winds up dead in one and not from a bomb but from a stab wound He is murdered and discovered by a local 13 year old boy who is out collecting shrapnel to trade Not much is known initially about the man but it is soon discovered that he is a conscientious objector Feelings run high against someone labeled a “conchie” so did someone kill him for his stance against the war? Inspector Jago and Constable Cradock are on the case As they pursue clues suspects emerge with hidden ties to one another Who took the final step to murder?I really like the setting of this series I have learned about various aspects of WWII that I didn’t know before including about the deplorable conditions of these shelters how the war effected the educational system in London and how these bombings effected lives I think it is an important reminder for this generation about the awful effects of war and what our great grandparents or grandparents experienced The two characters of Inspector Jago and Constable Cradock work well together with Cradock providing some lightness when needed and Jago reigning the younger man in when needed The potential romance of Inspector Jago and an American female journalist an interesting side story I look forward to the next mystery Jago and Cradock encounter next

  4. Mike Mike says:

    England 1940 The Blitz is on and getting uglier every night Despite the war day to day life must go on So it is that on a Sunday morning his only day off Detective Inspector John Jago is called in to investigate a suspicious death in an air raid shelter A man has been murdered He is uickly identified as a local teacher who was an avowed pacifist and conscientious objector Is that why he was murdered? And why on earth would a pacifist have a gun in his pocket? The resulting murder investigation reveals that no one really seemed to know the murder victim very well at all and many of the suspects have undisclosed connections to one another Add to that whispers of a possible pay off scam involving sub standard air raid shelters crooked politicians a possible budding romance for the Detective Inspector and of course the war you've got a pretty decent English mysteryThis is the third book in the Blitz Detective series the first one in the series that I've read It works well as a stand alone but there are many references to things that have happened before that lets you know you probably should've started with book one as with most series I suppose The author does a great job of setting the tone of war time England I thought it got a little sidetracked with the personal demons of several of those who had survived extreme violence and death in the previous war WWI just because in my opinion it detracted from the ongoing storyline rather than adding an extra layer to it which I believe is what the author intended Still it's a pretty good book that kept my attention throughoutEnemy Action is smart and well written While I can't think of any similar books offhand it reminded me of the British TV show Foyle's War I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys English mystery with a slight edge to it or historical mysteries Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this book

  5. Iola Iola says:

    It's 1940 the middle of the London Blitz and there is a body in the aftermath of the nightly bombing raids But this body isn't a victim of the bombs No This body was stabbed to death Whodunit?The investigation starts with Inspector Jago and his partner meeting all manner of people whose only relationship was that they knew or knew of the victim none of whom appear to have any motive for killing him As the story progresses unexpected relationships emerge between the characters which leave us with several having both motive and opportunity for the murderYes there were plenty of red herrings and the end managed to both surprise me and make perfect sense That's always the sign of an excellent mysteryI was impressed by the character voices about the way I could 'hear' the different accents I was also impressed with the overall setting and background—the subplot around contract mismanagement the comments about gender euity the history in general It gave the novel a sense of time and place I rarely see in Christian fictionAnd this was Christian fiction although it's Christian fiction of a understated variety as is typical with British fiction It's clear Inspector Jago is on a spiritual journey whether he knows it or not I'll watch that with interest in future books along with his relationship with the pretty American journalistThis is the third book in the Blitz Detective series but can easily be read as a standalone novel I haven’t read the first two in the series but will be ordering them soon Recommended for historical fiction lovers especially those who like police procedural mysteriesThanks to Lion Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review You can find out about Mike Hollow at The Blitz Detective website

  6. Elisabeth Elisabeth says:

    “Enemy Action” is the third book in the very enjoyable ‘Blitz Detective’ series featuring DI Jago and side kick CraddockOne morning after a particularly heavy air raid a body is found with a stab wound in one of the public shelters It is up to DI Jago to find out who would want to kill a pacifist and importantly why would a pacifist be carrying a gunAs Jago digs deeper he uncovers a web of lies deceit and corruption at the highest level of local politics‘Enemy Action’ was an enjoyable read with some good twists turns and blind alleys – this is detective fiction with a difference

  7. Christine Dillon Christine Dillon says:

    Loved this book and now a MH fan Will buy his future books please keep writing Loved the hints of eternal truths in there

  8. Tracey Tracey says:

    Just going to get this out of the way at the beginning as a former fan of Mad Men I got a giggle from the name of one of the main characters here There Now then This is the tale of a man found dead in a bomb shelter the morning after an air raid in WWII London The enemy action that killed him wasn't German though – it was much local than that and it's up to Inspector Jago to find out who did it preferably before he takes on the new assignment that unexpectedly lands in his lap It's a bit of an odd story this It begins with a long section from the point of view of the boy who finds the body out for a bit of illicit not uite looting – and then the boy is barely heard from for the rest of the book The suddenly imposed time limit felt strange too like an attempt to inject urgency into the plot which ultimately didn't really do itAnother odd thing is the tendency of uite a few characters to do kind of a lot of speechifying to total strangers At the most innocuous uestion suddenly someone is giving a rather high flown monologue about duty or their life story or their dreams and aspirations Now and then might have just been the author loosing his inner poet or philosopher but it happens freuently throughoutAll of the writing felt a bit self conscious There were moments where I could see what the author intended but which did not uite come off as he wished Certain moments were built up with little or no pay off – they just dried up like shallow streams in a drought Some character motivation was muddy as well; one character lies to the police with no reason that made sense except to extend the plot with their obstruction There's also a deal of superfluous repetition and recapping It just felt fragmented like there was no real anchor for the plot I was never sure whether I was really supposed to like the characters or whether they liked each other or why characters behaved the way they did or honestly why I was supposed to care I appreciated the concept of the Blitz detective and the idea that it's hard to invest much time and effort into the murder of a single individual in the midst of carnage I'd love to read the story I thought this was going to be with all the terror and tension of London under constant threat of horrific bombing raids But it didn't connect I didn't feel itThe usual disclaimer I received this book via Netgalley for review

  9. Joyce Joyce says:

    5 starsThis is a very well written book It flows beautifully Mr Hollow is a fine writer When the bombs finally uit falling during the blitz in England in a stuffy air raid shelter the body of young Paul Ramsey is left behind DI John Jago and DC Peter Cradock set about to interview people who knew Ramsey Since Ramsey was a “conchie” they interview people from the local organization as well as his friends fiancée and the people who taught at his school where he taught What was he doing with a gun in his pocket? It seems out of character for someone who is against violence and warThen Jago and Cradock get wind of funny doings at the council level It seems someone is taking kickbacksThis is a very well written mystery I truly enjoyed it It flowed along and was interesting I liked the relationship between Jago and Cradock I also liked the philosophical warnings about war and all of its terrible toll – not only on the citizens of England but also on the returning soldiers from the previous war I want to thank both Netgalley and Lion Hudson Plc for allowing me the opportunity to read this most wonderful book

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