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Stratton's War Book É Download ✓ London June 1940 When the body of silent screen star Mabel Morgan is found impaled on a wrought iron fence the coroner rules her death as suicide Detective Ted Stratton is not convinced and suspects that Morgan’s fatal fall may have been the work of one of Soho’s most notorious gangstersMeanwhile MI5 agent DLondon June 1940 When the body of silent screen star Mabel Morgan is found impaled on a wrought iron fence the coroner rules her death as suicide Detective Ted Stratton is not convinced and su Stratton’s War is part of the burgeoning number of crime novels using the Second World War as its backdrop The intersection here of MI5 police and London underworld makes for an interesting story and the double intersecting plot lines of Ted Stratton and Diana Calthrop is for the most part well constructed Wilson has managed to capture the class divisions and social order of London and the sensibilities and lives of those working and living in the city The book recreates the tense claustrophobic atmosphere of the time and portrays a strong sense of place However for all its positive attributes there were a few things about the novel that undermined my reading experience a little First the character and role of Ted Stratton felt somewhat dislocated from his status especially in the first half of the book where the way he acts and the role he plays seem incongruous He effectively acts as a sergeant – out and about making enuiries working for the most part as a lone detective There is little to indicate he is a Detective Inspector in CID where he would be running a large team directing several others to do the kind of basic work he’s doing This status is also missing in his dealings with his brother in law – he lays out the law to hardened criminals but is a meek as a mouse to his bullying family member Second the workings of the police are extremely simplified in terms of station organisation and dynamics Several dozen people would be working out of a London city centre police station but the impression given is just a handful do so Third there is a significant subplot that ultimately goes nowhere at all and is left hanging and the coincidence with respect to a family member was unneeded and unlikely Finally the book is too long Certainly a good fifty or pages could be cut out which would serve to increase the pace and dramatic tension Overall an entertaining read but a little undermined by some flaws in the realism of character and context and unnecessary length

Laura Wilson ↠ Stratton's War Book

Spects that Morgan’s fatal fall may have been the work of one of Soho’s most notorious gangstersMeanwhile MI5 agent Diana Calthrop is leading a covert operation when she discovers that her This is a fat book that would've been much better as a thin one The novel is called Stratton's War and I wish the author had told the whole story from Stratton's point of view uncovering everything in the course of his investigations However she chose to tell Diana's story in parallel and that spoiled the book for me because I simply didn't find Diana believable Diana is working at MI5 and meets a devastatingly handsome charmer Claude She's warned that he's a womanizer and probably a double agent but when he walks her home kisses her goodnight and grabs her nipple she falls helplessly in love HmmmThe next charming love scene comes when she gashes her ankle he takes her back to his place to bandage it and he starts molesting her she repeatedly says no so he holds her down saying you know you want it or words to that effect and next we see them lying in bed with Diana amazed at how good sex can be Next love scene she's warned that Claude was also involved with her boss's previous married assistant and probably murdered her So she decides to avoid him but he follows her and grabs her outside her house She tries to beat him off but he's too strong and he drags her to her front door where she can no longer deny her feelings? gets out her key opens it and they go to bedI'm surprised that a woman can write a love affair like this in 2008 unless of course Claude is going to turn out to be a baddie I haven't finished the book yet OK I know it happens but Diana's motivationexcusesreasons for submitting to this rapist behaviour are simply not convincingThe thing is Diana and Claude are only a small part of the story but it annoys me so much it has started to overshadow the whole story for me I'm two thirds of the way through and have started skimming because I want to find out whether Claude gets his come uppance Skimming is making me realise how little of substance is happening from page to page

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Stratton's WarBoss is involved in espionage Only when Stratton’s path crosses Diana’s does the pair start to uncover the truth And soon they also begin to realize they like each other a little too mu very twisty but compelling read