Monday, 19 November 2012

Armchair Novel Review: Beware This Boy

Beware This Boy
A Detective Inspector Tom Tyler Mystery
by Maureen Jennings
Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Beware This Boy is a mystery novel set in London during the Blitz and was the inspiration for the TV series Bomb Girls.

Jennings has the innate ability to capture period atmosphere and dialogue while weaving complex mysteries. 

In Beware This Boy, we have an emotionally exhausted Detective Inspector Tom Tyler lent out to Birmingham to investigate a fatal explosion at a munitions factory. At first he feels the explosion could have easily been an accident. An inexperienced staff and rushed quotas put the operation in jeopardy. But as he digs deeper in his interviews, he isn't so sure. 

Intertwined with the mysteries of the munitions factory, there is a young soldier gone AWOL, his younger brother who is bullied into a street gang and the family they have put in danger.  

The author weaves a taut novel filled with tension and the very real background of Britain under fire.

Jennings is also the author of the wildly popular Murdoch Mysteries, now in their six season on TV.

Murdoch Mystery Books

    Except The Dying
    Under The Dragon’s Tail
    Poor Tom Is Cold
    Let Loose The Dogs
    Night’s Child
    Vices Of My Blood
    A Journeyman to Grief

Born in England, MAUREEN JENNINGS taught English before becoming a psychotherapist. The first Detective Murdoch mystery was published in 1997. Six more followed, all to enthusiastic reviews. In 2003, Shaftesbury Films adapted three of the novels into movies of the week, and four years later Shaftesbury (with CityTV, Rogers, UKTV, and Granada International) created the Murdoch Mysteries TV series which is now shown around the world, including on CityTV in Canada, the Alibi channel in the UK, and on most PBS stations in the United States. Her new trilogy, set in World War II-era England, got off to a spectacular start with 2011's Season of Darkness. Maureen lives in Toronto with her husband and their two dogs.