Title: Eleventh Hour
Author: Elin Gregory
Publisher: Manifold Press
Release Date: August 1, 2016
Genre(s): Historical, Suspense, Spy Thriller
Page Count: 248
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Borrowed from the Secret Intelligence Service cipher department to assist Briers Allerdale – a field agent returning to 1920s London with news of a dangerous anarchist plot – Miles Siward moves into a ‘couples only’ boarding house, posing as Allerdale’s ‘wife’. Miles relishes the opportunity to allow his alter ego, Millie, to spread her wings but if Miles wants the other agent’s respect he can never betray how much he enjoys being Millie nor how attractive he finds Allerdale.
Pursuing a ruthless enemy who wants to throw Europe back into the horrors of the Great War, Briers and Miles are helped and hindered by nosy landladies, water board officials, suave gentlemen representing foreign powers and their own increasing attraction to each other.
Will they catch their quarry? Will they find love? Could they hope for both?
The clock is ticking.
“Eleventh Hour” is set in the London of 1928, and at first glance may seem like a comical bit of English drawing room suspense, complete with a seasoned field agent and a cross-dressing linguist from the cipher and translation department masquerading as husband and wife.
Alongside that dainty tea cup, add in a Tommy gun, anarchists, nasty London sewers, a murderous Macedonian and an absolutely nail-biting ending, and you have a much truer sense of the flavor of “Eleventh Hour.”
Recent intel has international terrorist Andrija and his crew headed for London, where it turns out Andrija’s Serbian mistress Josephine is working as a nanny for Elise and Sidney Crane. Something is afoot and Allerdale and Siward must pose as Brian and Millie Carstairs in order to gain access to a married couples-only boarding house across the street from the Crane home so they can keep track of Josephine if and when she meets up with Andrija.
The plot of “Eleventh Hour” is very well done and the suspense aspect will hold your interest every step of the way. The relationship between Briers and Miles is equally compelling, and while most of the sex scenes are not explicit, you sense their connection and chemistry. Miles / Millie is a fascinating character in that Millie is much more confrontational and take-charge than Miles, and Briers finds himself intrigued by both sides of Miles’ personality. The ending brilliantly pulls everything together and we are left with a HFN for Briers and Miles plus plenty of room for a sequel and more adventures for the pair. Elin Gregory has indicated there is a second book in the work, so I suggest you start reading “Eleventh Hour” now so you can join me in anticipation for the next book!
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