1905 London is a heady mix of unimaginable wealth and simmering political tensions, and with war looming Flora Maguire wants to keep her family safe.
So when her beloved charge Viscount Edward Trent is accused of murder, she’s determined not to leave the investigation to the police. Flora has trodden the path of amateur sleuth before, but with so much at stake, this time it’s personal.
Slowly the body of the victim found stabbed on a train bound for Paddington starts giving up its secrets, and Flora and her husband Bunny become mired in a murky world of spies, communists and fraudsters. And with the police more sure than ever that Edward is their murderer, Flora must work fast to keep him safe.
I have a little confession to make- yes another one. I must admit that I haven’t previously come across Anita Davison nor her lead character Flora Maguire. Now after reading ‘The Bloomsbury Affair’ I am left asking myself ‘why the hell haven’t I come across them before?’. I really enjoyed reading it but more about that in a bit.
I couldn’t help but take to Flora Maguire. She used to be a governess but she is now married and lives rather comfortably with her husband, Bunny. A former charge of hers gets in touch with Flora, regarding the death of his companion on the train. Her former charge is prime suspect. Flora decides to investigate the case and try to ascertain who the murderer is. Flora is feisty, determined, stubborn and she isn’t afraid to make her way in what was then a traditionally male dominated role. I loved the way in which she isn’t easily dissuaded from a course of action. If she decides she is going to do something then she does it and she isn’t easily frightened.
I have to confess that this Ginger Book Geek is a history nerd with a particular interest in Edwardian Britain. I love reading and learning about that period in time. I love the attention to detail with Anita has and she has clearly done a lot of research into that era. So you can understand why this book appealed to me so much. The author uses such powerful and vivid descriptions that I really did feel as though I had travelled back in time to an era of great interest- to me anyway. If I closed my eyes, I could easily imagine that I was there with all the relevant sights, sounds and smells.
I was hooked on this book from the moment I read the synopsis. It didn’t take me long at all to get into the story and to take to some of the characters. I was so swept along by the story that I really didn’t realise how quickly the pages were turning or how quickly the time was passing. The first time I checked, I was really surprised to see that I had read about a third of the book and a few hours had gone past. I binge read the book over the course of a couple of days and at times I just didn’t want to put the book down. I had to keep reading because I needed to know if Flora solved the case, if her former charge was innocent and if Flora made it to the end of the book in one piece. The more I got into the story, the quicker the pages turned and the quicker I got through the book.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Bloomsbury Affair’ and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers. I can’t wait to read what Anita comes up with next but whilst I wait, I will definitely be seeking out the other books in the series and I will definitely be reading them as soon as I can. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.