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5.0 out of 5 starsinvasion
Reviewed in the United States on April 23, 2020
Invasion, book 2, continues and picks up seven months after Ann Morgan’s marriage to Emrys. He is still away on his top secret mission, his aeroplane shot down on March 24 1944 by Nazis somewhere over France. Is he still alive? She had worked as a secretary for Trevor Bowman, a Private Investigator, before he was murdered. When Ann runs into Violet Hopkins, Violet lets out a rumor that Ann was thinking of taking over Mr. Bowman’s office and becoming a PI. Ann looks for Violet’s daughter Adeline, 22, who is missing, gone for four days. Detective Inspector Max Deveraux who had led the investigation into Mr. Bowman’s murder suggests Ann start with the dance halls. Ann finds out Adeline had an ex-boyfriend, Richard. And from talking to him, she learns Adeline’s romantically attached to an American soldier, Glenn. But where is Glenn? Will Ann tell the truth or lie? Will she do the right thing? Will she bring the guilty to justice?
4.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyable WWII mystery with a fledgling private detective
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2018
One of the things I like about reading Hannah Howe’s mysteries is that you really get to know the main character – the woman sleuth. In the “Ann’s War Mysteries,” you have a young woman whose husband is an RAF pilot during WWII, who’s disappeared behind enemy lines. In book #1, Ann Morgan’s boss, a private detective, is murdered. Now, in book #2, she’s toying with the idea of becoming a PI, herself. Her first case is dumped in her lap casually enough by a distraught mother whose daughter has disappeared. Meantime, an American GI has also disappeared. Ann quietly goes about finding out what happened. The war and its impact on the local community adds depth to these novellas. And there’s some added tension in the form of a handsome widower who seems interested in Ann even though she’s married. I’m hooked and can’t wait for the next installment.
Another short mystery from Hannah Howe that makes a reader think. This one tells the story of a missing girl and a missing soldier. What is the connection, if any? It's set in Wales during the end of WWII, with the Americans gearing up to invade Normandy. A message underneath the story is the war within people as they prepare for the physical battle against a country's enemy. How does this affect the soldiers? Does it change them into something they never were before? Or does it bring out something sinister that lies beneath the surface? Ms Howe's stories always leave you thinking about more than the tale she is telling you.
After reading the first book in the series and “getting to know” Ann - a young woman unwittingly turned private investigator - I couldn’t wait to see what awaits her next and picked up book two as soon as it came out. The background setting of the wartime UK in this riveting mystery is another wonderful aspect for me personally as a reader. Being a huge history buff, I loved not only the authentic atmosphere but certain historical details, dotted throughout the narration, which made me enjoy the story even more. In book two, Ann tries to go on with her life after the murder of her boss and hopes for the safe return of her husband, an RAF pilot on a secret mission in France. But when an acquaintance asks her to look for her missing daughter, Ann reluctantly agrees, applying her admirable deductive skills to trace the girl. Nothing, however, can prepare Ann for what she is about to discover when a body is washed ashore, and it’s one of the American GIs, which very well may turn ugly for the locals… Book two was so compelling that I literally read it in one sitting. Ann is a wonderful central heroine, and I already can’t wait to see what awaits her next!
I'm enjoying this series so much! Book two picks up a few months after book one left off. Ann, a newlywed woman whose RAF husband was shot down across enemy lines, awaits word of his fate. In the meantime, she picks up the pieces of her life after her former employer--a private investigator-- was murdered. A friend asks for her help finding her missing daughter, drawing Ann into the mystery of a body washed ashore. As she investigates, she finds herself at odds with the handsome detective, Max Devereaux. Like the first book, Invasion leads to a satisfying conclusion while also leaving the reader eager for the next in the series. Well done!
I love the second book better than the first. The book kept me on my toes and I read it in a day. I like the tension with the detective and I confess I am rooting for him and her to get together. But, her heart is still hoping for her husband to be alive somewhere in the war zone. Very much looking forward to the next book!
Ann is at it again, but this time she's hunting down a missing girl. Invasion is another great read full of history and suspense. The author really showcases the struggles and uncertainty of being a young woman in the 1940's. I'm hooked on this mini series! Can't wait to read the next one!! Highly recommend!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 14, 2020
Highlights the attitudes of the time well.Women were to be cared for. Our heroine is pushing the boundaries and as in the first war women showed that they were not shrinking violets. It also highlights the hypocracy of the time mentioning that the probability of an all male jury would condemn the young girl to hang despite the fact that she had to fend off an agressor.