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Deadly Broadcast: A World War II Mystery
by Kate Parker
About Deadly Broadcast
Deadly Broadcast: A World War II Mystery (Deadly Series)
Historical Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – London, from just after Christmas, 1939 until mid-January, 1940
JDP Press (March 8, 2022)
Number of Pages ~320
ASIN : B09PWNXQW7
The phony war has dragged out past Christmas into a dark and dreary New Year, 1940.
In the blackout, someone murdered BBC engineer Frank Kennedy, making him more popular dead than alive. A blackmailer and bully, he sold out his friends, assaulted his Broadcasting House colleagues, and sabotaged his employer.
Kennedy was also a government informant against the IRA. Despite arrests of members, the IRA is still planning more attacks against British civilians. Attacks Frank Kennedy might have been involved in.
Britain’s counterintelligence spymaster orders newspaper reporter Olivia Redmond to find Kennedy’s killer and learn which of the many motives led to his murder. Olivia quickly learns how vicious Frank Kennedy was and halfway hopes his killer escapes hanging.
Until his killer strikes again…
A clean read. No blatant sex, violence, or bad language.
Hello, I am Sir Malcolm Fremantle. Enough years have passed that I may now tell you some, but only some, of the secrets that crossed my desk as the head of British counterintelligence during the Second World War. Some of the secrets are still too dangerous to reveal.
Oh, you’re only interested in the exploits of our agent Olivia Redmond. Exploits? Compared to the dangers some of our people faced, her work was a walk in the park. Well…perhaps that is being ungenerous.
I suppose you are interested in her because of her search for a killer, and his motives, in Deadly Broadcast. But that’s not when Olivia came to my attention. Oh, no.
Olivia first came to my attention when her father, a higher-level civil servant in the Foreign Office, appeared to have a hand in the death of one of our agents posted in France along the Channel. He was sent to watch shipping that was bringing in arms and Nazi agents along our south coast, and his loss was keenly felt. Olivia’s father was housed in a special facility while we learned whether he was involved in the agent’s murder. Olivia came to me to find out where her father was and whether he was “in good health.”
I could immediately see she was feisty, intelligent, and determined. A perusal of her records showed she was well-educated, well-traveled, and fluent in German and French. I made a deal with her. In exchange for releasing her father, who I knew at this point to be innocent of any complicity in the agent’s death, she would work for my organization on an as-needed basis. All she had to do was sign the Official Secrets Act.
She did, as anxious as she was to get her father freed. And then I had her, at least as long as there was a war brewing or declared, for as long as I needed her. I knew Sir Henry Benton, the publisher of the London Daily Premier and Olivia’s boss. I presented Sir Henry, a reasonable fellow with a hatred of Nazis even greater than my own, with a deal for the good of the country.
He would continue to pay Olivia’s salary during those times I used her talents as well as the times she actually was around to work on the newspaper. My knowledge of Olivia’s trips to Nazi controlled territory to help Sir Henry’s wife’s relatives escape and his liberal use of the visa program, not totally legal, was enough to convince him to agree to my deal.
Through 1938 and 1939, Olivia has been useful to her country a number of times. Now we’re entering 1940 and I fear the need of her talents will only grow. Hitler isn’t backing down, he is only resting and planning this winter. I fear in the spring of 1940, German tank warfare will be unleashed on Europe, including Britain. Hitler has never made a secret of his desire to hold England as a country under his control. That will mean that Olivia and hundreds of other young people like her will be called to defend this island, not by arms, but by using their intelligence, their skills, and their determination.
Look for more of the Deadly Series for more of Olivia’s exploits, both already out and in the future. She’ll be called on to do more for her country as the war progresses.
Deadly Broadcast is the eighth book in The Deadly Series by Kate Parker. Available in ebook and print from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Apple.
About Kate Parker
Since she was unable to build a time machine in her backyard, Kate Parker immerses herself in research and then creates the world that lives inside each book that she writes. Her favorite place is London and her time travel destination is anywhere from the late Victorian era through World War II. Since she lives in the Carolinas with her daughter and a 95-pound puppy, the practical side of her is thankful for air conditioning and all the modern comforts of life. Comforts she will take with her if she ever figures out how to build her time machine.
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