Beneath the smooth, swan-like progression of Elly Griffith's sentences there is a lot going on. She is utterly in control of her material, and the machinations of the plot are never allowed to swamp character development, sense of place or the creation of atmosphere. She is a witty writer: the sturdy legs of a toddler on a swing, for example, are said to be "kicking the sky." If only all history mysteries could be as good as The Midnight Hour.
Griffiths writes with verve and wit, and has an unflaggingly keen eye . . . deliriously entertaining
An entertaining period murder mystery full of delightfully eccentric - and one decidedly deadly - luvvies