Today I have a review of The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair, first in a new historical mystery series. Thank you to Minotaur Books for the invitation to review this engaging story! The Right Sort of Man will be published on June 4, 2019.
The Right Sort of Man is an exciting start to a shiny new historical fiction series from Allison Montclair.
In London, after World War II, two women come together to found a business called The Right Sort Marriage Bureau. How fun does that sound from the start? Miss Iris Sparks is as sparky and sparkly as her name, while Mrs. Gwendolyn Bainbridge is more pragmatic as a widow with a young son.
The pair have the same wants, though: independence and maybe some good karma, too.
Unfortunately, one of their clients, Tillie La Salle is found murdered and the chief suspect? None other than the man with whom they set Tillie up. The police are certain they have fingered the right guy, but Miss Sparks and Mrs. Bainbridge think they may be wrong. The two decide to investigate, which also puts their lives in the balance.
Oh my, this series is off to such a brilliant start! I LOVE Miss Sparks and Miss Bainbridge and their interactions with one another. I love the well-executed historical backdrop. The writing is silky smooth, and the pacing has a good flow, too.
Overall, there’s much to love about The Right Sort of Man. It’s exciting, with two stars of main characters, and I’m already trying to figure out when book two comes out!
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
“A delightful immersion in the period and personalities, with that touch of depth that transforms a good series to a great one.” –Laurie R. King
First comes love, then comes murder.
In a London slowly recovering from World War II, two very different women join forces to launch a business venture in the heart of Mayfair–The Right Sort Marriage Bureau. Miss Iris Sparks, quick-witted and impulsive, and Mrs. Gwendolyn Bainbridge, practical and widowed with a young son, are determined to achieve some independence and do some good in a rapidly changing world.
But the promising start to their marriage bureau is threatened when their newest client, Tillie La Salle, is found murdered and the man arrested for the crime is the prospective husband they matched her with. While the police are convinced they have their man, Miss Sparks and Mrs. Bainbridge are not. To clear his name–and to rescue their fledging operation’s reputation–Sparks and Bainbridge decide to investigate on their own, using the skills and contacts they’ve each acquired through life and their individual adventures during the recent war.
Little do they know that this will put their very lives at risk.
Have you read The Right Sort of Man, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR