The Unkept Woman: Sparks & Bainbridge #4
Minotaur, 2022 (2022)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
he Unkept Woman
A Rogue's Company
as the 4th in Allison Montclair's delightful series starring an odd couple of businesswomen/detectives in 1946 London, England. Together, Gwendolyn Bainbridge (widowed in the war and with a small son) and ex-intelligence officer Iris Sparks, run
The Right Sort Marriage Bureau
, bringing couples together.
his episode opens on a murder, the victim initially identified (from nearby letters) as Miss Iris Sparks! It isn't Iris, of course, but it is her flat and she quickly becomes a person of interest in the investigation. Iris's ex-lover Andrew had showed up in her flat a few days earlier, to '
', forcing her to move in with Gwen.
hile this plot thread evolves, the ladies learn that their close friend Salvatore '
' Danielli has been hired by the government as a guide for a Russian cultural delegation, half bound to be spies. And Gwen continues to fight her father-in-law for custody of her son Ronnie and control of her inheritance from her dead husband.
s always, Gwen and Iris wend their ways (the latter on the run from the authorities) through a convoluted and perilous plot, sharing witty exchanges en route. I really enjoy this series.
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