A Matter of Love and Death By Caron Albright

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Adelaide, 1931. Telephone switchboard operator Frances' life is difficult as sole provider for her mother and adopted uncle. But it's thrown into turmoil when she overhears a suspicious conversation on the phone, planning a murder.  If a life is at risk, she should tell the police; but that would mean breaking her confidentiality clause and would cost her the job. And practical Frances, not prone to flights of fancy, soon begins to doubt the evidence of her own ears - it was a very bad line, after all...  She decides to put it behind her, a task helped by the arrival of their new lodger, Phil. Phil takes her to a night club, where she meets charming but slightly dangerous club owner Jack. Jack's no angel - prohibition is in force, and what's a nightclub without champagne? But he's a good man, and when Frances' earlier fears resurface she knows that he's the person to confide in. Frances and Jack's hunt for the truth puts them in grave danger, and soon enough Frances will learn that some things are a matter of love and death...

Adelaide, 1931. Telephone switchboard operator Frances' life is difficult as sole provider for her mother and adopted uncle. But it's thrown into turmoil when she overhears a suspicious conversation on the phone, planning a murder.

 If a life is at risk, she should tell the police; but that would mean breaking her confidentiality clause and would cost her the job. And practical Frances, not prone to flights of fancy, soon begins to doubt the evidence of her own ears - it was a very bad line, after all...

 She decides to put it behind her, a task helped by the arrival of their new lodger, Phil. Phil takes her to a night club, where she meets charming but slightly dangerous club owner Jack. Jack's no angel - prohibition is in force, and what's a nightclub without champagne? But he's a good man, and when Frances' earlier fears resurface she knows that he's the person to confide in.

Frances and Jack's hunt for the truth puts them in grave danger, and soon enough Frances will learn that some things are a matter of love and death...

My Thoughts

France's really does find herself in a conundrum, over hearing a partial conversation as she woks in the phone exchange, but she doesn't know who to turn to or what to do with this information, as it is too vague to act upon. 

The story is set in Adelaide, and is beautifully written giving us an insight in tot he difficulties of the times, I did feel for France's predicament. She has a quiet life, and comes across older than her years while she is working and trying to help her mum at home to keep there heads above the water. 

I was soon wrapped up in Frances home and work life, Caron Albright has a real flair for making not only the characters realistic, but transporting you to a time and place that felt slower paced, with a taste of danger and lurking within this historical crime fiction is a love story. 

Sal, who is France's non related Uncle, he was the perfect character to balance France's life from being too dour, and bridged the gap perfectly between her work and social life. 

The introduction of Jack was perfectly timed, and he is her knight in shining armour, without being too shiny and just the right side of being a hero. 

A very enjoyable read, where you can curl up and lose yourself in a time gone by. 

Author Information  

Caron Albright fell in love with books as soon as she could read and never grew out of it. With one foot firmly planted in Fictionland ever since, she is moving from one adventure to the next (strictly on the paper of course).

 She loves capers with feisty heroines, dashing heroes with a dangerous edge and thrilling locations and would gladly explore the world for the sake of research - preferably while tap-dancing, with a champagne glass in her hand.

 Instead she spends her time in front of her keyboard, sipping herbal tea.

 When she feels the need for a change, she switches to coffee and writing crime novels under the name Carmen Radtke.

 

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