The London Blitz Murders

Written by Max Allan Collins
Review by L.K. Mason

The London Blitz Murders takes place in London over the course of a few days in February, 1942. As war rages on, a new terror arises in the city, and rumours of a modern Jack the Ripper circulate. Into this grim situation comes Agatha Christie, working at University College Hospital as Mrs. Mallowan. She offers to help pathologist Sir Bernard Spilsbury in his investigations, and soon realizes that writing about murder and being involved in one are very different experiences indeed. As in his previous historical mysteries, Collins has taken a real-life mystery writer and imagines how she may have become involved in a true crime. The author has been compared to Christie by some, and he has managed to capture her spirit well. Because this story is based on factual events, some readers (as I did) will already know the murderer’s identity; however, this did not detract in any way from a highly enjoyable read. As a Christie fan, I felt as though I were revisiting her books once again.