A Little London Scandal by Miranda Emmerson
As the blurb says – sex and the Sixties. The cover plus that blurb caught my eye and as I was alive then…! A boy is found dead in the gardens behind an exclusive London (gentlemen’s) club. No one really saw anything much but another boy was running away from the area and arrested. It looks as though this might be a good way for the police to close the case particularly as both of them were rent boys. However Anna, a dresser in a Soho theatre, knows the boy, Nik, who has been arrested and she thinks him innocent. Add in an MP with a slightly tarnished reputation and his worried wife Merrian and the key ingredients are there for A Little London Scandal.
I liked the start of this book. The boy who was found dead was running away from a police raid and was scared. Nik was working on the streets. Anna is dealing with actors and actresses. The whole thing managed to feel fairly much like the Sixties. The book follows Anna’s attempts to find out what happened and the MP’s wife is interested in some answers too. Ann comes across a policeman who she met during a previous case she was involved in – will he help?
If there was nothing very outstanding about this book equally I would not have dreamed of stopping reading it. The characters were good enough – particularly so in the case of both Nik and Anna. Nik’s background emerges during the story and is well presented. I also found it convincingly atmospheric of the Sixties. The attitudes towards those who were not male, wearing suits and in decent jobs was telling – if anything understated. A Little London Scandal is definitely a decent read.
Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review