Merlin At Conflict by Mark Ellis

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Thinking man's copper

Merlin At War by Mark Ellis is the third book in the exciting D.C.I. Frank Merlin series that grabbed me from the start. The books can be read one at a time, but I would recommend reading them for maximum enjoyment.

In this book we meet Frank Merlin in the summer of 1941, who continues to investigate crimes against the backdrop of World War II.

Merlin At War sees murder, fraud, spies, double agents, and a botched abortion. Good and bad men are lost either to crime or to war. Merlin At War is a marvelous suspense of crime.

Mark Ellis has created a complex interwoven storyline that crosses continents – England, France, Argentina – to name a few. It's all very fascinating to keep the reader busy and guessing. D.C.I. Frank Merlin is definitely the copper of a thinking man.

There is an eclectic mix of characters. Frank Merlin is very well drawn and personable. He is loyal, hardworking and fair. The reader has glimpses of his private life, which enhances our experience with his character and makes him round.

I think the Frank Merlin books would translate perfectly into films or television dramas. It's a shame John Thaw is no longer with us as he would make a perfect Frank Merlin.

I really enjoy all of Frank Merlin's novels and can't wait to read more of this criminal series – please write faster, Mark Ellis!

I volunteered to review a free copy of this book that I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

JULIA WILSON

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