‘The Automobile Assassination’ by M. J. Porter


Erdington, September 1944

As events in Europe begin to turn in favour of the Allies, Chief Inspector Mason of Erdington Police Station is once more prevailed upon to solve a seemingly impossible case.

Called to the local mortuary where a man’s body lies, shockingly bent double and lacking any form of identification, Mason and O’Rourke find themselves at Castle Bromwich aerodrome seeking answers that seem out of reach to them. The men and women of the royal air force stationed there are their prime suspects. Or are they? Was the man a spy, killed on the orders of some higher authority, or is the place his body was found irrelevant? And why do none of the men and women at the aerodrome recognise the dead man?

Mason, fearing a repeat of the cold case that dogged his career for two decades and that he’s only just solved, is determined to do all he can to uncover the identity of the dead man, and to find out why he was killed and abandoned in such a bizarre way, even as Smythe demands he spends his time solving the counterfeiting case that is leaving local shopkeepers out of pocket.

Join Mason and O’Rourke as they once more attempt to solve the impossible in 1940s Erdington.

My Review

If there’s one thing that I like doing, it’s discovering new authors. M. J. Porter is certainly a new author for me, I read the synopsis of ‘The Automobile Assassination’ and it appealed to me on two fronts – one that it was a mystery and secondly it is set in 1940s, which is a period that fascinates me. So without further ado, I grabbed a cup of tea, grabbed my Kindle and settled down for an intriguing afternoon of reading. Overall I enjoyed reading ‘The Automobile Assassination’ but more about that in a bit.

I have to admit that it took me a little while to get into ‘The Automobile Assassination’ but that has more to do with the fact that I was tired when I started reading and I was finding it hard to concentrate and cannot be taken as a criticism of the book itself. Once I got into the story that was it and I was away as the saying goes. This wasn’t a book that I was able to read in one burst because life kept getting in the way but I was able to binge read it over the course of a few days. I found that the deeper into the story I got, the more intrigued I became and the quicker the pages seemed to turn. All too quickly I reached the end of ‘The Automobile Assassination’ . I found ‘The Automobile Assassination’ to be a gripping historical mystery which certainly kept me guessing and kept me on the edge of my seat.

‘The Automobile Assassination’ is extremely well written. The author certainly knows how to grab the reader’s attention and draw them into what proves to be one heck of a read. The story itself isn’t particularly fast paced but the pace suits the story that M. J Porter is trying to tell. I loved the way in which the characters interacted with each other and the dialogue flowed. M. J. Porter has clearly done a lot of research into the time period in which the story has set and this helps the story seem that bit more authentic. M. J. Porter makes the reader feel as though they are part of the story and at the heart of the action. I love the way in which M. J. Porter has written a cosy mystery that is hugely entertaining.

In short, I really enjoyed reading ‘The Automobile Assassination’ and I would recommend it to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of M. J. Porter’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.

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