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The letter was short. A name, a time, a place. Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder plunges readers into the heart of London, to the secret tunnels that exist far beneath the city streets. There, a mysterious group of detectives recruited for Miss Brickett’s Investigations & Inquiries use their cunning and gadgets to solve crimes that have stumped Scotland Yard. Late one nigh The letter was short. A name, a time, a place. Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder plunges readers into the heart of London, to the secret tunnels that exist far beneath the city streets. There, a mysterious group of detectives recruited for Miss Brickett’s Investigations & Inquiries use their cunning and gadgets to solve crimes that have stumped Scotland Yard. Late one night in April 1958, a filing assistant for Miss Brickett’s named Michelle White receives a letter warning her that a heinous act is about to occur. She goes to investigate but finds the room empty. At the stroke of midnight, she is murdered by a killer she can’t see—her death the only sign she wasn’t alone. It becomes chillingly clear that the person responsible must also work for Miss Brickett’s, making everyone a suspect. Almost unwillingly, Marion Lane, a first-year Inquirer-in-training, finds herself being drawn ever deeper into the investigation. When her friend and mentor is framed for the crime, to clear his name she must sort through the hidden alliances at Miss Brickett’s and secrets dating back to WWII. Masterful, clever and deliciously suspenseful, Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder is a fresh take on the Agatha Christie—style locked-room mystery with an exciting new heroine detective at the helm.


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The letter was short. A name, a time, a place. Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder plunges readers into the heart of London, to the secret tunnels that exist far beneath the city streets. There, a mysterious group of detectives recruited for Miss Brickett’s Investigations & Inquiries use their cunning and gadgets to solve crimes that have stumped Scotland Yard. Late one nigh The letter was short. A name, a time, a place. Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder plunges readers into the heart of London, to the secret tunnels that exist far beneath the city streets. There, a mysterious group of detectives recruited for Miss Brickett’s Investigations & Inquiries use their cunning and gadgets to solve crimes that have stumped Scotland Yard. Late one night in April 1958, a filing assistant for Miss Brickett’s named Michelle White receives a letter warning her that a heinous act is about to occur. She goes to investigate but finds the room empty. At the stroke of midnight, she is murdered by a killer she can’t see—her death the only sign she wasn’t alone. It becomes chillingly clear that the person responsible must also work for Miss Brickett’s, making everyone a suspect. Almost unwillingly, Marion Lane, a first-year Inquirer-in-training, finds herself being drawn ever deeper into the investigation. When her friend and mentor is framed for the crime, to clear his name she must sort through the hidden alliances at Miss Brickett’s and secrets dating back to WWII. Masterful, clever and deliciously suspenseful, Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder is a fresh take on the Agatha Christie—style locked-room mystery with an exciting new heroine detective at the helm.

30 review for Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amanda McGill

    Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder reminded me so much of Harry Potter and it brought back so many amazing memories. Marion is an intern learning about the secret world of detectives in underground London. The gadgets reminded me of the spells in Harry Potter and the tunnels in the underground felt like the many passageways in Hogwarts. Unfortunately that is where the similarities ended. JK Rowling created a magical world where you remember traits about every single character, regardless how mi Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder reminded me so much of Harry Potter and it brought back so many amazing memories. Marion is an intern learning about the secret world of detectives in underground London. The gadgets reminded me of the spells in Harry Potter and the tunnels in the underground felt like the many passageways in Hogwarts. Unfortunately that is where the similarities ended. JK Rowling created a magical world where you remember traits about every single character, regardless how minor of a character they were. Even though I’m not a big fan of fantasy, the magical world wasn’t hard to understand and I could easily picture what was going on, even at a young age. In Marion Lane, it was hard to tell any of the characters apart. All of the professors/more experience professionals all blended together and same with the rookies. There were many times where I was questioning which character Marion was talking to and if I had previously been introduced to them. The mystery was lackluster and the whole time I was wondering what all of the other detectives were doing and why the murder of one of their own was left to be solved by a first year trainee. 2 stars out of a potential 5. I loved the memories of reading Harry Potter, but sadly that’s all I enjoyed about this novel. Thank you to Netgallery and HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada) for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quote: But that was the thing about death, as Marion knew so well. No matter how much the deceased were loved, life does not wait for the grieving. Though on the inside everything will change and what used to matter falls away, the routine and ordinary remain unchallenged. My Review: This is not my typical genre and I struggled a bit with the unfamiliar world-building, complex storylines, and vast cast of uniquely drawn and unorthodox characters, but my curiosity was well and truly poked a Favorite Quote: But that was the thing about death, as Marion knew so well. No matter how much the deceased were loved, life does not wait for the grieving. Though on the inside everything will change and what used to matter falls away, the routine and ordinary remain unchallenged. My Review: This is not my typical genre and I struggled a bit with the unfamiliar world-building, complex storylines, and vast cast of uniquely drawn and unorthodox characters, but my curiosity was well and truly poked and continually primed throughout this deeply puzzling and intriguing tale. Ms. Willberg deftly staged her scenes and players with intricate and unfailingly compelling descriptions so finely detailed that sharp visuals danced through my gray matter with the smoothness of a film reel. This would be an excellent series for the big or small screen. The unusual storylines and writing style were polished, well-honed, and maddeningly paced; keeping me on edge with dark and gloomy settings, untrustworthy characters, questionable hidden agendas, and ingenious and creative gadgets. I coveted their resourceful tools and could put some of those items to good use for myself on a despicable neighbor or three.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linden

    It's 1958, and 23 year old Marion, who lives with her abrasive grandmother in London, is invited to apply for a job at a small bookstore. It turns out that this is a cover for a group called the Inquirers, mysterious detectives who operate beneath the city of London. When her friend is arrested for murder, Marion is determined to find the answers, even risking both her job and her life. This book is described as appealing to fans of the Harry Potter universe. It had some fantasy elements, but I It's 1958, and 23 year old Marion, who lives with her abrasive grandmother in London, is invited to apply for a job at a small bookstore. It turns out that this is a cover for a group called the Inquirers, mysterious detectives who operate beneath the city of London. When her friend is arrested for murder, Marion is determined to find the answers, even risking both her job and her life. This book is described as appealing to fans of the Harry Potter universe. It had some fantasy elements, but I found the plot a bit confusing and meandering--it ultimately disappointed this big fan of Harry Potter and urban fantasy. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Thoughts to come...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Thea | (unapologetic_bibliosmia)

    Alchemy. Secret underground tunnels. A labrynth of secrets and intrigue. A set of very unique private investigators and a murder mystery set in the darkness underneath London's 1950' streets. This was truly like James Bond meets Sherlock Holmes meets Harry Potter. This was such a delightful book. I was utterly captivated and drawn into this unique world underneath the ground. It has all the elements of a favourite novel.... Underground bunkers (always been obsessed with them, since working at on Alchemy. Secret underground tunnels. A labrynth of secrets and intrigue. A set of very unique private investigators and a murder mystery set in the darkness underneath London's 1950' streets. This was truly like James Bond meets Sherlock Holmes meets Harry Potter. This was such a delightful book. I was utterly captivated and drawn into this unique world underneath the ground. It has all the elements of a favourite novel.... Underground bunkers (always been obsessed with them, since working at one of the most famous but secret ones in England...) murder, detectives, alchemy and 'magic'. Some have likened this story to the Harry Potter books and I do see what they mean, although this story contains no real magic, but more the gadgetry of the James Bond series. Its also slightly more grown up, with adult protagonists and this 'Hogwarts' has a bar! The tricks and gadgets of this agency are akin to James Bond, and the murder mystery like a Sherlock Holmes book. I was utterly immersed in the story from start to finish, and I enjoyed learning about the world of Mrs Bricketts Bookshop, the Inquirers and the lessons the apprentices learn. I enjoyed the murder mystery and trying to work out who had killed the poor paper filer in the dark, underground, at midnight. I'm also happy this book has a female protagonist for once too! And we also take a moment to admire that beautiful cover too! I really hope there's some more of these released because I will be snatching them up for sure! 5 slowly ticking, wheels whirring, light orb emitting stars. I recieved a copy of this book as an arc from the puclishers and netgalley.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Penner

    This book is so delightfully fun & escapist! An underground investigative organization...clocks and keys and hidden rooms...a secret map...alchemy and old war secrets...there is so much to love here! Brava to Willberg for a brilliant, adventuresome debut.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stuart McCarthy

    3.5 stars. This wasn't quite what I was expecting if I'm honest. However, I still enjoyed it. A good detective story with a sense of wonder mixed into the suspense. Some aspects that seem more at home in a fantasy book, rather than a realistic espionage/murder mystery book though. 3.5 stars. This wasn't quite what I was expecting if I'm honest. However, I still enjoyed it. A good detective story with a sense of wonder mixed into the suspense. Some aspects that seem more at home in a fantasy book, rather than a realistic espionage/murder mystery book though.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ks.

    Wow. Just wow. I often say that I "couldn't put the book down," but this time I literally could not put it down! All that I remember from the last two days is sleeping and reading this book! I absolutely adored this steampunk-ish, alternative history mystery. The plot of the novel revolves around a super-secret organization of sleuths, who live in the tunnels (!) under the 1950s London, while pretending to work at a bookstore. There they invent all kinds of cool gadgets and investigate whatever c Wow. Just wow. I often say that I "couldn't put the book down," but this time I literally could not put it down! All that I remember from the last two days is sleeping and reading this book! I absolutely adored this steampunk-ish, alternative history mystery. The plot of the novel revolves around a super-secret organization of sleuths, who live in the tunnels (!) under the 1950s London, while pretending to work at a bookstore. There they invent all kinds of cool gadgets and investigate whatever crimes have come to their attention via being deposited into the secret slots all over London. The worldbuilding alone deserves an award. Then, suddenly - one of their own is murdered on the premises! Which could only mean one thing - one of them is a killer. Somehow, after all of this juicy setup, this book also manages to pull off amateur sleuthing amidst professional private detectives, because the protagonist, Marion Lane, is nothing but a first-year apprentice, and it is from her point of view that we get to learn about and investigate the crime.  If you like secret societies, alternative history, magical schools (it has that vibe), locked room mysteries, amateur sleuthing shenanigans, borderline-science-fictional gadgets (think, maybe, Warehouse 13 or James Bond)... And frankly, if you like good literature, don't miss this gem of a book! 

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maine Colonial

    I picked this book because it seemed to have so many appealing elements. Set in postwar London, it’s about a secret crime detection and apprehension agency that operates literally underground, getting tipoffs from ordinary citizens through special drop boxes on the streets. The agency, Miss Brickett’s, is like a sort of grownup Hogwarts, with trainees and teachers, lots of insider intrigue, seemingly magical devices, and a danger from within. The protagonist, Marion Lane, is a trainee with a tro I picked this book because it seemed to have so many appealing elements. Set in postwar London, it’s about a secret crime detection and apprehension agency that operates literally underground, getting tipoffs from ordinary citizens through special drop boxes on the streets. The agency, Miss Brickett’s, is like a sort of grownup Hogwarts, with trainees and teachers, lots of insider intrigue, seemingly magical devices, and a danger from within. The protagonist, Marion Lane, is a trainee with a troubled outside life. When a Miss Brickett’s staff member is murdered, and it seems to be an inside job, Marion feels compelled to investigate, along with her best friend and a mysterious agency visitor from the US. Despite having all those appealing elements, it was a slog to read the book. Author Willberg doesn’t have the gift for bringing characters to life. You’re told who the bad guy is well before the end. When you find out his motivation it just seems so penny-ante and is a letdown. One minor criticism is that two of the characters you first meet are Marion Lane and Michelle White. It seems like a rookie mistake to have characters with similar names. Sure, as the book goes on it’s easy to know who is who, but it’s confusing at the beginning. I would categorize this as a great premise spoiled with lackluster plotting and character development.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

    DNF no rating. Too silly and too naive for any period, let alone that one. Ridiculous context which doesn't succeed in world building or depth of character to become fantasy fare. DNF no rating. Too silly and too naive for any period, let alone that one. Ridiculous context which doesn't succeed in world building or depth of character to become fantasy fare.

  11. 4 out of 5

    tomisin ✨

    2/5 stars ⭐️⭐️ It's like Harry Potter but without the flavor. It started out pretty great and was super engaging, but that fell apart pretty quickly. The whole mystery was pretty bland and uninspired to me, honestly. 2/5 stars ⭐️⭐️ It's like Harry Potter but without the flavor. It started out pretty great and was super engaging, but that fell apart pretty quickly. The whole mystery was pretty bland and uninspired to me, honestly.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Janet Martin

    An alternate 1953--or is it? Twenty-something Marion Lane, a lowly bookstore employee, is secretly an apprentice in a very special and clandestine detective agency. Things happen. People die. People have disappeared. In order to save an old family friend who is being blamed for a murder, Marion finds herself exploring the tunnels below London to solve the current mystery, and a batch of old ones. This charming story moves right along at a good clip with both suspense and plenty of action. I coul An alternate 1953--or is it? Twenty-something Marion Lane, a lowly bookstore employee, is secretly an apprentice in a very special and clandestine detective agency. Things happen. People die. People have disappeared. In order to save an old family friend who is being blamed for a murder, Marion finds herself exploring the tunnels below London to solve the current mystery, and a batch of old ones. This charming story moves right along at a good clip with both suspense and plenty of action. I couldn't put it down, and hope to see Marion Lane again soon.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah-Hope

    This book was very engaging at the beginning—an alternate, post-WWII London with an unofficial "investigative" force that emerged out of the Bletchley Park code-breaking program and that is housed in tunnels under the city. Unfortunately, for this reader at least, the engagement didn't last. The title never seemed to decide what it wanted to be: mystery, alternate history, horror novel. And, yes, those can be successfully combined, but that wasn't the case here. This book was very engaging at the beginning—an alternate, post-WWII London with an unofficial "investigative" force that emerged out of the Bletchley Park code-breaking program and that is housed in tunnels under the city. Unfortunately, for this reader at least, the engagement didn't last. The title never seemed to decide what it wanted to be: mystery, alternate history, horror novel. And, yes, those can be successfully combined, but that wasn't the case here.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gobookmart

    Originally posted on Gobookmart Review : Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T.A. Willberg is a totally superb locked room secret loaded with steampunk components. Set in 1958 after world war London, Marion Lane has a job with a secret detective office she should hide from her controlling grandma, who thinks Marion works for a book shop and needs to wed her off to the first breathing man accessible. Marion adores her new position at this novel association, where she can utilize her mechanic Originally posted on Gobookmart Review : Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T.A. Willberg is a totally superb locked room secret loaded with steampunk components. Set in 1958 after world war London, Marion Lane has a job with a secret detective office she should hide from her controlling grandma, who thinks Marion works for a book shop and needs to wed her off to the first breathing man accessible. Marion adores her new position at this novel association, where she can utilize her mechanical and imaginative talents to help make analytical instruments for the association's customers. The secret office addresses unsolved crimes and finds missing youngsters when law implementation associations fall flat. I discovered this piece of the story generally exciting and interesting. however, a killing of an office partner in the first section makes a huge difference. This book centers the storytelling in Marion's encounters and perceptions as she attempts to help solve the killing, despite the fact that she is only recently recruited apprentice attempting to pass her test. Marion is a likable character whose spirit and imaginative thinking rejuvenates the story as she tries balancing her many work and family challenges. Supported by the initial few chapters, I had trusted the book's storyline may revolve around the office's imaginative and unusual methods of exploring their troublesome cases. But, this first part of the series rather featured the office's experience, key characters, unusual approaches, and obviously the solving of the killing of one of their partners. Was the killer an outsider or one of their own? Pressures build as suspense develop and an external investigator gets in to help the organization's chief, just making situation worse. In spite of the fact that I altogether delighted in the narrating and the characters, I had hoped this first book had invested more energy in solving the unique cases of helping other people. Nonetheless, this starting novel at first took up a dark yet at the same time convincing murder mystery. Despite the fact that Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder functions admirably as an independent read, I'm anticipating extra portions that investigate and build up the organization's extraordinary and inventive way to deal with cases. Follow us on social media Google News Facebook Instagram Twitter

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    “The bookshop was a link to the outside world, to stability and normality, and a portal into the mysterious and intoxicating world of Inquiry.” Think Harry Potter catching a train at Platform 9 ¾, which will whisk him off to wizarding school. But here we have Marion Lane, a young woman living with her grandmother in postwar London, whisked off to a world of secrets and detective work. Marion recently lost her job and has been lucky enough to secure an appointment for a new one. She has an intervie “The bookshop was a link to the outside world, to stability and normality, and a portal into the mysterious and intoxicating world of Inquiry.” Think Harry Potter catching a train at Platform 9 ¾, which will whisk him off to wizarding school. But here we have Marion Lane, a young woman living with her grandmother in postwar London, whisked off to a world of secrets and detective work. Marion recently lost her job and has been lucky enough to secure an appointment for a new one. She has an interview at Miss Brickett’s Secondhand Books and Curiosities. When she arrives at the appointed time, though, she finds the door locked. The bookshop is actually a front for Miss Brickett’s Investigations & Inquiries. So getting inside might be the first test Marion faces. If she can figure out how to defeat that lock, maybe she’ll be offered a position. Marion’s last employment was with a mechanic, so this test is right in her wheelhouse, and she soon has the door open. Miss Brickett’s Secondhand Books looks somewhat disheveled and dusty, but holds a certain charm nonetheless. However, hidden inside the small store is a lift, one that descends underground to where the agency has set itself up inside unused tunnels and abandoned spaces. A curious place indeed. "Solving the murder, for T.A. Willberg’s readers, is loads of fun. The setting, almost fantastical, has strange inventions to discover and rare creatures to be encountered." To Marion’s delight, she is taken on as a first-year apprentice. If all works out as she hopes, she will become an Inquirer at the end of three years. But the road is long and grueling. And Miss Brickett’s has strict rules, the most important of which includes forbidden areas. Trespassing will get you ousted immediately. There’s even a Border Guard. Late one night, that Border Guard, who was also an agency clerk, received a letter containing a name, a place and a time, with instructions to destroy it immediately after reading. She realized what it meant and rushed off. At the stroke of midnight, she was murdered, and it appears only one person had the opportunity to do it --- Marion’s good friend. But the agency must handle this on its own. Involving the police could put the entire future of Miss Brickett’s at risk. The problem is that the evidence points to one person, and one person only. None of the agency board members will share information nor, it seems, will they even consider anyone else. Well, Marion can’t sit by and watch while her friends and career are destroyed. But the deeper she investigates, the more she discovers that the risk the agency faces is greater than simply being shut down. The tunnels that Miss Brickett’s Investigations & Inquiries inhabits have a certain personality of their own. If you go too deep --- say, into the forbidden areas --- the walls even have a tendency to move. You could get trapped. Fortunately, the agency has a Gadget department, which Marion uses to the fullest. There are gadgets no one in the modern world has heard of, but they come in handy back in 1958. Solving the murder, for T.A. Willberg’s readers, is loads of fun. The setting, almost fantastical, has strange inventions to discover and rare creatures to be encountered. There’s a nearly magical aura, which fights a sinister darkness that has followed the evil inside. Young Marion Lane has her first case behind her. Surely there will be many more to come. Reviewed by Kate Ayers

  16. 4 out of 5

    Thea | (unapologetic_bibliosmia)

    Alchemy. Secret underground tunnels. A labrynth of secrets and intrigue. A set of very unique private investigators and a murder mystery set in the darkness underneath London's 1950' streets. This was truly like James Bond meets Sherlock Holmes meets Harry Potter. This was such a delightful book. I was utterly captivated and drawn into this unique world underneath the ground. It has all the elements of a favourite novel.... Underground bunkers (always been obsessed with them, since working at on Alchemy. Secret underground tunnels. A labrynth of secrets and intrigue. A set of very unique private investigators and a murder mystery set in the darkness underneath London's 1950' streets. This was truly like James Bond meets Sherlock Holmes meets Harry Potter. This was such a delightful book. I was utterly captivated and drawn into this unique world underneath the ground. It has all the elements of a favourite novel.... Underground bunkers (always been obsessed with them, since working at one of the most famous but secret ones in England...) murder, detectives, alchemy and 'magic'. Some have likened this story to the Harry Potter books and I do see what they mean, although this story contains no real magic, but more the gadgetry of the James Bond series. Its also slightly more grown up, with adult protagonists and this 'Hogwarts' has a bar! The tricks and gadgets of this agency are akin to James Bond, and the murder mystery like a Sherlock Holmes book. I was utterly immersed in the story from start to finish, and I enjoyed learning about the world of Mrs Bricketts Bookshop, the Inquirers and the lessons the apprentices learn. I also enjoyed the murder mystery and trying to work out who had killed the poor paper filer in the dark, underground, at midnight. I'm also happy this book has a female protagonist for once too! Can we also take a moment to admire that beautiful cover too! I really hope there's some more of these released because I will be snatching them up for sure! 4 slowly ticking, wheels whirring, light orb emitting stars.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne (It's All About Books)

    Finished reading: December 12th 2020 "We all have our secrets, Marion. Bill has his, you have yours. It doesn't mean you don't trust each other. Some truths are private, and they should remain that way." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Park Row in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[ I admit that I was sold as soon as I read the blurb of Marion Lane And The Midnight Murder and saw that it was a historical mystery. Add the promise Finished reading: December 12th 2020 "We all have our secrets, Marion. Bill has his, you have yours. It doesn't mean you don't trust each other. Some truths are private, and they should remain that way." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Park Row in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[ I admit that I was sold as soon as I read the blurb of Marion Lane And The Midnight Murder and saw that it was a historical mystery. Add the promise of a mysterous detective agency, secret tunnels and gadgets, and there was just no way I was going to be able to resist this story... And I'm glad I didn't, because I have just found myself a new favorite! The historical setting, the Inquirer world, the characters, the suspense, the murder mystery... I loved it all, and I really do hope T.A. Willberg will turn this is a series as I'm already craving for more. Fans of historical mysteries and detective thrillers alike will have a blast reading this debut! There is a lot to love in this story, but I guess the first thing that stands out is the historical setting. Marion Lane And The Midnight Murder takes place in 1958 London, a city that still struggles with the aftermath of WWII and of course will always have crimes to solve. The author did a brilliant job developing the historical feel of this story, and it really felt like I was transported back to the 1950s along with the main characters. Connected to this is the development of the Miss Brickett's Investigations & Inquiries agency and the whole Inquirer world in general, which is once again brilliantly done and really took the story to the next level for me. I loved learning more about this mysterious agency and the inner workings of their organization and those who worked there... This is definitely a world I wouldn't mind revisiting in the future! As for the characters... Marion Lane makes for a very strong main character and I was able to connect to her almost immediately. Her personality, her affinity to mechanics, her perseverance while hunting for the truth... There was just something about her that made me like her immediately, and I had a great time seeing her develop during the story. I also liked that she is an Inquirer-In-Training and not a full blown Inquirer, as this way we get to learn so much more about the organization and its training methods alone the way... Marion Lane And The Midnight Murder has a great cast of characters in general, and I had a wonderful time following them along the way. I was a big fan of both the plot and the writing itself too. The writing style is fluid and super engaging, making me fly through those pages in record time. The plot and its twists did a brilliant job building up the suspense and the whole 'on the edge of my seat' cliche most definitely applies here. The investigation was fascinating to follow and I definitely didn't guess most of the twists either, which is always a bonus for me. And the ending most definitely left me wanting for more! In short, I had a fantastic time with Marion Lane And The Midnight Murder and I can highly recommend this title to anyone who enjoys a well written detective thriller and/or historical mystery with a twist. It's a brilliant debut set in a world I wouldn't mind revisiting in the future! Fingers crossed this will actually become a series, as I'm already hungry for more. (hide spoiler)] P.S. Find more of my reviews here.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    3.5 stars Review to come.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Gilbert

    SO MUCH FUN.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    DNF @35% 2020; Park Row/HarperCollins I love historical mysteries so when I saw the cover of this book and the title, I was in. There is nothing wrong with the writing of the story, and the characters are very interesting. I just am not a big fan of books about spy, espionage and gadgets. After 35%, I just was like meh, and needed to move on to the next book. ***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook/audio from the publisher through Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely m DNF @35% 2020; Park Row/HarperCollins I love historical mysteries so when I saw the cover of this book and the title, I was in. There is nothing wrong with the writing of the story, and the characters are very interesting. I just am not a big fan of books about spy, espionage and gadgets. After 35%, I just was like meh, and needed to move on to the next book. ***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook/audio from the publisher through Edelweiss. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kate Welsh

    A very fun steampunk mystery!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Steena Holmes

    I’m going to copy what others have said about this book: it was such a fun read and my only regret is that there isn’t more! Plunged into the depths of underground London in 1958, I was instantly capitivated by both my imagination and my curiosity as I was swept away into a world I wished I were a part of! I love London, England…I’ve been there numerous times and recently (in my last trip) did a Jack the Ripper tour…and I found myself wondering if any of the streets I’d walked were in this book. T I’m going to copy what others have said about this book: it was such a fun read and my only regret is that there isn’t more! Plunged into the depths of underground London in 1958, I was instantly capitivated by both my imagination and my curiosity as I was swept away into a world I wished I were a part of! I love London, England…I’ve been there numerous times and recently (in my last trip) did a Jack the Ripper tour…and I found myself wondering if any of the streets I’d walked were in this book. The story was executed brilliantly. There is a whimsical element to the Agathy Christy feel, a haunting whisper of a past that has me wanting more in this world. Marion Lane as a character is endearing, strong, capable and I couldn’t imagine anyone else being the hero of this story!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alix

    I absolutely LOVED Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder. What a great way to start off 2021. This reminded me of a steampunk Harry Potter mixed with murder, underground labyrinths, cool gadgets, and alchemical secrets. There was a lot going on in this book but it all worked together seamlessly. I love the idea of an underground detective agency and I sincerely hope there’s a sequel where we can see Marion in action again.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This was super fun! Set in 1950s London, it's a secret society of investigators complete with underground tunnels and ingenious gadgets that give them a jump on the police. It very much reminded me of the TV show Warehouse 13. I thought the author did a great job of creating that secret, underground world that was just slightly off-kilter of the world we know and filled the story with really likable characters - that includes the ones we weren't supposed to like. I was completely engaged and del This was super fun! Set in 1950s London, it's a secret society of investigators complete with underground tunnels and ingenious gadgets that give them a jump on the police. It very much reminded me of the TV show Warehouse 13. I thought the author did a great job of creating that secret, underground world that was just slightly off-kilter of the world we know and filled the story with really likable characters - that includes the ones we weren't supposed to like. I was completely engaged and delighted every minute I was reading this! Many thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kidlitter

    The perfect read for a rainy day, set in foggy, smoggy, dirty old post war London town. It's 1958 and Marion Lane loves her detective apprenticeship with the mysterious agency Miss Brickett's Investigations & Inquiries. She may be young, orphaned, and a bit timid, but she's determined to become an Inquirer. When a filing clerk in the agency is horribly murdered and the entire agency is threatened by dangers without or within, Marion must rise to the challenge of solving whodunnit. Her investigat The perfect read for a rainy day, set in foggy, smoggy, dirty old post war London town. It's 1958 and Marion Lane loves her detective apprenticeship with the mysterious agency Miss Brickett's Investigations & Inquiries. She may be young, orphaned, and a bit timid, but she's determined to become an Inquirer. When a filing clerk in the agency is horribly murdered and the entire agency is threatened by dangers without or within, Marion must rise to the challenge of solving whodunnit. Her investigations lead to all sorts of nasty revelations, and Marion must choose where her loyalties lie and if she really wants to live in Brickett's shadowy underground world. A dash of Flavia De Luce, a smidge of steampunk , even a whisper of Mary Stewart to give it that damply Romantic English air, this one's a keeper. Plus it has a horribly complex puzzle in the claustrophobic endless tunnels below London where most of the action takes place. Marion is a bit wet to begin with, but keeps calm and carries on and begins to mature in a most satisfying manner. Wilberg has her characters continually eating biscuits and drinking tea and getting alternately soaked and chilled by the weather, and by the end, the reader accepts that this is an integral part of British pluck. TRUE.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Wildrie Du Plessis

    Suspence and mystery with James Bond style gadgets. Kept me intrigued to the end!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    The suspense in the secret tunnels of London took me right into Marion’s world! A very ingenious plot written wonderfully twisty.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Luanne Ollivier

    I loved the description of Willberg's debut novel! What's not to love - a hidden detective agency below the streets of London, wondrous, magical gadgets to aid in investigations, a spunky female apprentice - and that last descriptor - Agatha-Christie-style-locked-room murder mystery. Initially on starting to read, I thought of Platform 9 ¾. And our lead protagonist reminded me a bit of Nancy Drew. That should give you an idea about the feel of Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder. I just knew I wa I loved the description of Willberg's debut novel! What's not to love - a hidden detective agency below the streets of London, wondrous, magical gadgets to aid in investigations, a spunky female apprentice - and that last descriptor - Agatha-Christie-style-locked-room murder mystery. Initially on starting to read, I thought of Platform 9 ¾. And our lead protagonist reminded me a bit of Nancy Drew. That should give you an idea about the feel of Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder. I just knew I was going to love it. Marion is a wonderful lead - clever, curious, dogged and determined to become a full fledged Inquirer. But she has to wend her way through what is truth, what are lies and what is reality to find the perpetrator. There are many, many choices for whodunit. There are numerous characters in the book and it did take me a few chapters to remember who was who. The setting is so detailed! I could picture myself climbing down the trapdoor stairs to find a whole 'nother world. Willberg's imaginings are fantastical. The changing paths, the gadgets, the training and so much more. The name of the agency, Miss Brickett’s Investigations & Inquiries, conjures up time and place and a bygone method of crime solving. The 1958 time period is perfect. This book wouldn't work for me in a current time. The plot is fairly involved and will keep the reader on their toes. Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder was a unique, wonderfully imaginative, delightfully fun read that took me away from the worries of today. I had great fun walking in Marion's footsteps as pursued the mysteries of Miss Brickett's - and the name of the murderer. And that last page.....I'm hoping there's more in store for Marion Lane.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Marion Lane’s life is complicated to say the least. Her only family member is an unfeeling grandmother. Unfortunately, due to circumstances, she lives with her grandmother and it’s not easy. She gets a job at a local bookstore, but things aren’t as they seem and this is no ordinary bookstore. Below ground, there is an investigative agency complete with hidden tunnels and ingenious gadgets. To add to the intrigue, there’s a dead body of one of their agents. When a close friend is accused of the Marion Lane’s life is complicated to say the least. Her only family member is an unfeeling grandmother. Unfortunately, due to circumstances, she lives with her grandmother and it’s not easy. She gets a job at a local bookstore, but things aren’t as they seem and this is no ordinary bookstore. Below ground, there is an investigative agency complete with hidden tunnels and ingenious gadgets. To add to the intrigue, there’s a dead body of one of their agents. When a close friend is accused of the murder, Marion is determined to find the real killer. She never expects to uncover the hidden secrets of the agency. This is a difficult book to summarize. There are so many things going on with this story. Sometimes I found it hard to follow. It kind of reminded me of the old cable TV series The Librarians with Agatha Christie overtones. A little mystery, a little fantasy and quite a bit of drama. It’s been compared to Harry Potter, however, I’m one of the few that haven’t read that series, so I can’t compare them. It started slowly for me as we were introduced to all the characters. There are so many different characters and at times it was hard to keep them all straight. Once the story took off, I was intrigued to figure it all out but there were so many twists and turns. It all led to an explosive finale. I could easily see this as a movie. I’m curious to see if there will be a sequel or if this is the beginning of a series. If it is, it’s off to an interesting start. FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    This debut feels a little bit Harry Potter, a little James Bond, and includes a whodunit that is tailor-made for Christie fans. A secret agency operates underground and independent from the London police force. When a murder occurs, the list of suspects is limited to those with access to the tunnels. There is a killer in their midst. Marion is an Apprentice and when family friend Frank is framed, she must act to defy direct orders and save him from banishment. A camaraderie is developing among t This debut feels a little bit Harry Potter, a little James Bond, and includes a whodunit that is tailor-made for Christie fans. A secret agency operates underground and independent from the London police force. When a murder occurs, the list of suspects is limited to those with access to the tunnels. There is a killer in their midst. Marion is an Apprentice and when family friend Frank is framed, she must act to defy direct orders and save him from banishment. A camaraderie is developing among the Apprentices and their actions may be gaining the respect of their superiors including a newly hired and good-looking American. The gadgets and boobytraps are inventive and at times inconvenient. Marion Lane, your story is far from over. I was betting on a sequel and the last few paragraphs confirm those suspicions. Looking forward to the next chapter in Marion's story. Thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

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