Princes Gate is the first in a new series of crime thrillers that involve DCI Frank Merlin. These atmospheric books are set in wartime London mixing historical and fictional characters and featuring a charismatic and intriguing half-Spanish detective.
Vividly atmospheric and brimming with suspense, Mark Ellis presents this insanely captivating wartime thriller of classic espionage.
The first instalment in the Frank Merlin series.
PRAISE FOR THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DCI FRANK MERLIN SERIES:
'A historically astute, skilfully developed crime drama.' - Kirkus Reviews
'A richly atmospheric, authentic, and suspenseful detective series' - Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author
'So immaculately nuanced they genuinely feel like they belong in the cannon of mid-20th century thrillers . . . Another belter!' - Fiona Phillips
'A truly spellbinding page turner that keeps you hooked right to the end' - Dorset Book Detective
'Brimming with action . . . complex, addictive and highly entertaining . . . I cannot wait to read more books by Mark Ellis' - The Book Cosy Book Club
'Brimming with authentic details . . . A compelling tale of crime fiction' - Foreword Reviews
'A mammoth read with a Dickensian plethora of characters that I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in . . . meticulously researched . . . deliciously complex' - CARAMEROLLOVESBOOKS
When a brilliant emigre scientist is killed by a hit-and-run driver and the body of a female employee of the American Embassy is washed up in the Thames, DCI Frank Merlin and his team investigate.
Merlin's investigations soon ruffle feathers at the Foreign Office as the American ambassador, Joseph Kennedy, is a well-known supporter of appeasement, and many powerful and influential Britons favour the pursuit of a negotiated peace settlement with Hitler.
The death of another embassy employee leads Merlin into some of the seedier quarters of wartime London. His investigations are hampered by interfering superiors fearful of their impact on Anglo-American relations. This at a time when, to many, America represents Britain's only hope of salvation.
Capturing the atmosphere of Britain in January 1940 Princes Gate is an enthralling detective novel.
And don't forget the other titles in the highly praised DCI Frank Merlin series: Stalin's Gold, Merlin at War and A Death In Mayfair.
Mark Ellis is a thriller writer from Swansea and a former barrister and entrepreneur. Mark grew up under the shadow of his parents' experience of the Second World War. His father served in the wartime navy and died a young man. His mother told him stories of watching the heavy bombardment of Swansea from the safe vantage point of a hill in Llanelli, and of attending tea dances in wartime London under the bombs and doodlebugs.
In consequence, Mark has always been fascinated by World War II and, in particular, the Home Front and the fact that while the nation was engaged in a heroic endeavour, crime flourished. Murder, robbery, theft and rape were rife.
Author of the DCI Frank Merlin series, Mark is also a member of the Crime Writer's Association.
He lives in London.