For What It’s Worth
Chas works as a cabbie so as to be near his widowed mother. He’s shy and always willing to help others. Harriet realises just in time that she can’t marry Jeremy, a rising young solicitor, so she resigns her job with him and starts to work for the taxi firm, where the boss is ill, and his wife cannot cope.
As she sorts out the confusion in the office and solves a few mysteries, she and Chas get to know one another, but he is too modest to realise that her feelings are getting warmer.
This book, though overburdened with preliminary explanation in the first chapters, was intricately plotted, with some neat twists, but I wasn’t totally convinced by the reticence of the main characters. It is, after all, the swinging sixties. I was also irritated by almost all the characters making speeches, sometimes over a page long, instead of the more normal to and fro of conversation. This sounded unnatural, and spoilt, for me, what was otherwise an interesting story with an unusual background.