"A Body at the Dance Hall" By Marty Wingate: Review/Giveaway

 Review by Sarah Erwin

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A Body at the Dance Hall is book three in the London Ladies’ Murder Club series by Marty Wingate. While this title can be read as a stand-alone title, I recommend readers new to the series grab books one and two (A Body on the Doorstep and A Body at the Séance) as they are equally as delightful as this latest entry.

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It’s January of 1922 in London when book three opens, and Mabel Canning is continuing her work for Miss Lillian Kerr’s Useful Women Agency. This agency matches tasks from the gentlewomen of London with the workers in Miss Kerr’s agency. The jobs run anywhere from helping to select new wallpaper to addressing invitations. Mabel, as one of Miss Kerr’s most trusted workers, is assigned the task of chaperoning 18-year-old Roxy Arkwright, an American heiress visiting her father and new stepmother in London.

Mabel and Roxy make plans to go dancing one evening at a nearby ballroom, and Mabel is excited for an evening of fun. It isn’t long into the night, however, when a fellow patron at the dance hall is murdered on the dance floor. Roxy was the last person to see the victim alive, and Mabel is worried for Roxy’s safety. The police begin to suspect Roxy’s father, but that just doesn’t sit right with Mabel, and she (along with her wonderful friends) begins to investigate.

Marty has once again created a mystery that I could hardly put down, but also didn’t want to end. I adore traveling about London with Mabel to investigate. I could feel the cold, icy air as I noted possible clues that Mabel had uncovered. I loved coming back to Mabel’s flat and feeling the warmth from the radiator once she filled it with pennies.

The pacing of the story was perfect. While I pieced together the resolution right along with Mabel, I certainly didn’t mind. Half the fun of the mystery is figuring out the whodunit.

The cast of side characters is as equally delightful as Mabel herself, and it was great fun to see how each character develops over the series. I especially enjoy that the romance between Winstone and Mabel is becoming a bit more serious. I wish I could live in New River House with neighbors such as Cora, Skeff, Winstone and Gladys the dog.

Historical mystery fans who enjoy such series as “Jane Wunderly” by Erica Ruth Neubauer should get this series in their hands. And it looks like book four (Murder of a Suffragette) is set to publish in early December 2024. I am looking forward to being back with Mabel and her friends.

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Sarah Erwin started her career as a children’s librarian, later becoming a public library director and now she’s a stay at home mom. While her career might have changed, her love of reading has been a constant since 4th grade and she reads over 200 books a year. Read along with her on her blog Sarah Can’t Stop Reading or on Instagram. Sarah lives in St. Louis, MO with her two kids, her husband and a family dog and cat.

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