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The letter was short. A name, a time, a place. Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder plunges readers into the heart of London, to the secret tunnels that exist far beneath the city streets. There, a mysterious group of detectives recruited for Miss Brickett’s Investigations & Inquiries use their cunning and gadgets to solve crimes that have stumped Scotland Yard. Late one nigh The letter was short. A name, a time, a place. Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder plunges readers into the heart of London, to the secret tunnels that exist far beneath the city streets. There, a mysterious group of detectives recruited for Miss Brickett’s Investigations & Inquiries use their cunning and gadgets to solve crimes that have stumped Scotland Yard. Late one night in April 1958, a filing assistant for Miss Brickett’s named Michelle White receives a letter warning her that a heinous act is about to occur. She goes to investigate but finds the room empty. At the stroke of midnight, she is murdered by a killer she can’t see—her death the only sign she wasn’t alone. It becomes chillingly clear that the person responsible must also work for Miss Brickett’s, making everyone a suspect. Almost unwillingly, Marion Lane, a first-year Inquirer-in-training, finds herself being drawn ever deeper into the investigation. When her friend and mentor is framed for the crime, to clear his name she must sort through the hidden alliances at Miss Brickett’s and secrets dating back to WWII. Masterful, clever and deliciously suspenseful, Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder is a fresh take on the Agatha Christie—style locked-room mystery with an exciting new heroine detective at the helm.


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The letter was short. A name, a time, a place. Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder plunges readers into the heart of London, to the secret tunnels that exist far beneath the city streets. There, a mysterious group of detectives recruited for Miss Brickett’s Investigations & Inquiries use their cunning and gadgets to solve crimes that have stumped Scotland Yard. Late one nigh The letter was short. A name, a time, a place. Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder plunges readers into the heart of London, to the secret tunnels that exist far beneath the city streets. There, a mysterious group of detectives recruited for Miss Brickett’s Investigations & Inquiries use their cunning and gadgets to solve crimes that have stumped Scotland Yard. Late one night in April 1958, a filing assistant for Miss Brickett’s named Michelle White receives a letter warning her that a heinous act is about to occur. She goes to investigate but finds the room empty. At the stroke of midnight, she is murdered by a killer she can’t see—her death the only sign she wasn’t alone. It becomes chillingly clear that the person responsible must also work for Miss Brickett’s, making everyone a suspect. Almost unwillingly, Marion Lane, a first-year Inquirer-in-training, finds herself being drawn ever deeper into the investigation. When her friend and mentor is framed for the crime, to clear his name she must sort through the hidden alliances at Miss Brickett’s and secrets dating back to WWII. Masterful, clever and deliciously suspenseful, Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder is a fresh take on the Agatha Christie—style locked-room mystery with an exciting new heroine detective at the helm.

30 review for Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quote: But that was the thing about death, as Marion knew so well. No matter how much the deceased were loved, life does not wait for the grieving. Though on the inside everything will change and what used to matter falls away, the routine and ordinary remain unchallenged. My Review: This is not my typical genre and I struggled a bit with the unfamiliar world-building, complex storylines, and vast cast of uniquely drawn and unorthodox characters, but my curiosity was well and truly poked a Favorite Quote: But that was the thing about death, as Marion knew so well. No matter how much the deceased were loved, life does not wait for the grieving. Though on the inside everything will change and what used to matter falls away, the routine and ordinary remain unchallenged. My Review: This is not my typical genre and I struggled a bit with the unfamiliar world-building, complex storylines, and vast cast of uniquely drawn and unorthodox characters, but my curiosity was well and truly poked and continually primed throughout this deeply puzzling and intriguing tale. Ms. Willberg deftly staged her scenes and players with intricate and unfailingly compelling descriptions so finely detailed that sharp visuals danced through my gray matter with the smoothness of a film reel. This would be an excellent series for the big or small screen. The unusual storylines and writing style were polished, well-honed, and maddeningly paced; keeping me on edge with dark and gloomy settings, untrustworthy characters, questionable hidden agendas, and ingenious and creative gadgets. I coveted their resourceful tools and could put some of those items to good use for myself on a despicable neighbor or three.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linden

    It's 1958, and 23 year old Marion, who lives with her abrasive grandmother in London, is invited to apply for a job at a small bookstore. It turns out that this is a cover for a group called the Inquirers, mysterious detectives who operate beneath the city of London. When her friend is arrested for murder, Marion is determined to find the answers, even risking both her job and her life. This book is described as appealing to fans of the Harry Potter universe. It had some fantasy elements, but I It's 1958, and 23 year old Marion, who lives with her abrasive grandmother in London, is invited to apply for a job at a small bookstore. It turns out that this is a cover for a group called the Inquirers, mysterious detectives who operate beneath the city of London. When her friend is arrested for murder, Marion is determined to find the answers, even risking both her job and her life. This book is described as appealing to fans of the Harry Potter universe. It had some fantasy elements, but I found the plot a bit confusing and meandering--it ultimately disappointed this big fan of Harry Potter and urban fantasy. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amanda McGill

    Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder reminded me so much of Harry Potter and it brought back so many amazing memories. Marion is an intern learning about the secret world of detectives in underground London. The gadgets reminded me of the spells in Harry Potter and the tunnels in the underground felt like the many passageways in Hogwarts. Unfortunately that is where the similarities ended. JK Rowling created a magical world where you remember traits about every single character, regardless how mi Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder reminded me so much of Harry Potter and it brought back so many amazing memories. Marion is an intern learning about the secret world of detectives in underground London. The gadgets reminded me of the spells in Harry Potter and the tunnels in the underground felt like the many passageways in Hogwarts. Unfortunately that is where the similarities ended. JK Rowling created a magical world where you remember traits about every single character, regardless how minor of a character they were. Even though I’m not a big fan of fantasy, the magical world wasn’t hard to understand and I could easily picture what was going on, even at a young age. In Marion Lane, it was hard to tell any of the characters apart. All of the professors/more experience professionals all blended together and same with the rookies. There were many times where I was questioning which character Marion was talking to and if I had previously been introduced to them. The mystery was lackluster and the whole time I was wondering what all of the other detectives were doing and why the murder of one of their own was left to be solved by a first year trainee. 2 stars out of a potential 5. I loved the memories of reading Harry Potter, but sadly that’s all I enjoyed about this novel. Thank you to Netgallery and HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada) for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Thoughts to come...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Penner

    This book is so delightfully fun & escapist! An underground investigative organization...clocks and keys and hidden rooms...a secret map...alchemy and old war secrets...there is so much to love here! Brava to Willberg for a brilliant, adventuresome debut.

  6. 5 out of 5

    tomisin ✨

    2/5 stars ⭐️⭐️ It's like Harry Potter but without the flavor. It started out pretty great and was super engaging, but that fell apart pretty quickly. The whole mystery was pretty bland and uninspired to me, honestly. 2/5 stars ⭐️⭐️ It's like Harry Potter but without the flavor. It started out pretty great and was super engaging, but that fell apart pretty quickly. The whole mystery was pretty bland and uninspired to me, honestly.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ks.

    Wow. Just wow. I often say that I "couldn't put the book down," but this time I literally could not put it down! All that I remember from the last two days is sleeping and reading this book! I absolutely adored this steampunk-ish, alternative history mystery. The plot of the novel revolves around a super-secret organization of sleuths, who live in the tunnels (!) under the 1950s London, while pretending to work at a bookstore. There they invent all kinds of cool gadgets and investigate whatever c Wow. Just wow. I often say that I "couldn't put the book down," but this time I literally could not put it down! All that I remember from the last two days is sleeping and reading this book! I absolutely adored this steampunk-ish, alternative history mystery. The plot of the novel revolves around a super-secret organization of sleuths, who live in the tunnels (!) under the 1950s London, while pretending to work at a bookstore. There they invent all kinds of cool gadgets and investigate whatever crimes have come to their attention via being deposited into the secret slots all over London. The worldbuilding alone deserves an award. Then, suddenly - one of their own is murdered on the premises! Which could only mean one thing - one of them is a killer. Somehow, after all of this juicy setup, this book also manages to pull off amateur sleuthing amidst professional private detectives, because the protagonist, Marion Lane, is nothing but a first-year apprentice, and it is from her point of view that we get to learn about and investigate the crime.  If you like secret societies, alternative history, magical schools (it has that vibe), locked room mysteries, amateur sleuthing shenanigans, borderline-science-fictional gadgets (think, maybe, Warehouse 13 or James Bond)... And frankly, if you like good literature, don't miss this gem of a book! 

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    3.5 stars Review to come.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah-Hope

    This book was very engaging at the beginning—an alternate, post-WWII London with an unofficial "investigative" force that emerged out of the Bletchley Park code-breaking program and that is housed in tunnels under the city. Unfortunately, for this reader at least, the engagement didn't last. The title never seemed to decide what it wanted to be: mystery, alternate history, horror novel. And, yes, those can be successfully combined, but that wasn't the case here. This book was very engaging at the beginning—an alternate, post-WWII London with an unofficial "investigative" force that emerged out of the Bletchley Park code-breaking program and that is housed in tunnels under the city. Unfortunately, for this reader at least, the engagement didn't last. The title never seemed to decide what it wanted to be: mystery, alternate history, horror novel. And, yes, those can be successfully combined, but that wasn't the case here.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kidlitter

    The perfect read for a rainy day, set in foggy, smoggy, dirty old post war London town. It's 1958 and Marion Lane loves her detective apprenticeship with the mysterious agency Miss Brickett's Investigations & Inquiries. She may be young, orphaned, and a bit timid, but she's determined to become an Inquirer. When a filing clerk in the agency is horribly murdered and the entire agency is threatened by dangers without or within, Marion must rise to the challenge of solving whodunnit. Her investigat The perfect read for a rainy day, set in foggy, smoggy, dirty old post war London town. It's 1958 and Marion Lane loves her detective apprenticeship with the mysterious agency Miss Brickett's Investigations & Inquiries. She may be young, orphaned, and a bit timid, but she's determined to become an Inquirer. When a filing clerk in the agency is horribly murdered and the entire agency is threatened by dangers without or within, Marion must rise to the challenge of solving whodunnit. Her investigations lead to all sorts of nasty revelations, and Marion must choose where her loyalties lie and if she really wants to live in Brickett's shadowy underground world. A dash of Flavia De Luce, a smidge of steampunk , even a whisper of Mary Stewart to give it that damply Romantic English air, this one's a keeper. Plus it has a horribly complex puzzle in the claustrophobic endless tunnels below London where most of the action takes place. Marion is a bit wet to begin with, but keeps calm and carries on and begins to mature in a most satisfying manner. Wilberg has her characters continually eating biscuits and drinking tea and getting alternately soaked and chilled by the weather, and by the end, the reader accepts that this is an integral part of British pluck. TRUE.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wildrie Du Plessis

    Suspence and mystery with James Bond style gadgets. Kept me intrigued to the end!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    The suspense in the secret tunnels of London took me right into Marion’s world! A very ingenious plot written wonderfully twisty.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Luanne Ollivier

    I loved the description of Willberg's debut novel! What's not to love - a hidden detective agency below the streets of London, wondrous, magical gadgets to aid in investigations, a spunky female apprentice - and that last descriptor - Agatha-Christie-style-locked-room murder mystery. Initially on starting to read, I thought of Platform 9 ¾. And our lead protagonist reminded me a bit of Nancy Drew. That should give you an idea about the feel of Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder. I just knew I wa I loved the description of Willberg's debut novel! What's not to love - a hidden detective agency below the streets of London, wondrous, magical gadgets to aid in investigations, a spunky female apprentice - and that last descriptor - Agatha-Christie-style-locked-room murder mystery. Initially on starting to read, I thought of Platform 9 ¾. And our lead protagonist reminded me a bit of Nancy Drew. That should give you an idea about the feel of Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder. I just knew I was going to love it. Marion is a wonderful lead - clever, curious, dogged and determined to become a full fledged Inquirer. But she has to wend her way through what is truth, what are lies and what is reality to find the perpetrator. There are many, many choices for whodunit. There are numerous characters in the book and it did take me a few chapters to remember who was who. The setting is so detailed! I could picture myself climbing down the trapdoor stairs to find a whole 'nother world. Willberg's imaginings are fantastical. The changing paths, the gadgets, the training and so much more. The name of the agency, Miss Brickett’s Investigations & Inquiries, conjures up time and place and a bygone method of crime solving. The 1958 time period is perfect. This book wouldn't work for me in a current time. The plot is fairly involved and will keep the reader on their toes. Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder was a unique, wonderfully imaginative, delightfully fun read that took me away from the worries of today. I had great fun walking in Marion's footsteps as pursued the mysteries of Miss Brickett's - and the name of the murderer. And that last page.....I'm hoping there's more in store for Marion Lane.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    This debut feels a little bit Harry Potter, a little James Bond, and includes a whodunit that is tailor-made for Christie fans. A secret agency operates underground and independent from the London police force. When a murder occurs, the list of suspects is limited to those with access to the tunnels. There is a killer in their midst. Marion is an Apprentice and when family friend Frank is framed, she must act to defy direct orders and save him from banishment. A camaraderie is developing among t This debut feels a little bit Harry Potter, a little James Bond, and includes a whodunit that is tailor-made for Christie fans. A secret agency operates underground and independent from the London police force. When a murder occurs, the list of suspects is limited to those with access to the tunnels. There is a killer in their midst. Marion is an Apprentice and when family friend Frank is framed, she must act to defy direct orders and save him from banishment. A camaraderie is developing among the Apprentices and their actions may be gaining the respect of their superiors including a newly hired and good-looking American. The gadgets and boobytraps are inventive and at times inconvenient. Marion Lane, your story is far from over. I was betting on a sequel and the last few paragraphs confirm those suspicions. Looking forward to the next chapter in Marion's story. Thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    It is 1958 in London, and Marion Lane who thought she would never be happy is working at her dream job. Marion's father died when she was three, her mother is now deceased, and she lives with her grandmother Delores. Finding Marion a suitable husband is her grandmother's mission and she has little interest in what Marion wants. Delores and most people believe Marion works at Miss Brickett’s Secondhand Books and Curiosities. This is in fact a cover for her real work as an apprentice investigator a It is 1958 in London, and Marion Lane who thought she would never be happy is working at her dream job. Marion's father died when she was three, her mother is now deceased, and she lives with her grandmother Delores. Finding Marion a suitable husband is her grandmother's mission and she has little interest in what Marion wants. Delores and most people believe Marion works at Miss Brickett’s Secondhand Books and Curiosities. This is in fact a cover for her real work as an apprentice investigator at Miss Brickett’s Investigations and Inquiries. Marion and all those who work there are forbidden from talking about their real work even to their families and friends. Her grandmother looks down at Marion's pitiful job as a bookseller, and no matter how much Marion wants to tell her the real nature of her employment, her hands are tied. You see Marion is actually working for a very secretive crime-solving agency. When a murder occurs in the agency offices, only those with access can be suspects, and that means that one or more employees have gone rogue. Though Marion is only an apprentice, it becomes apparent that she will have to find the killer. A very good mystery that has series written all over this book. I liked Marion, Bill, and Frank, and loathed Delores. What is better than a good whodunnit with engaging characters and a perplexing locked-room mystery. Sign me up for Team Marion!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Janet Martin

    An alternate 1953--or is it? Twenty-something Marion Lane, a lowly bookstore employee, is secretly an apprentice in a very special and clandestine detective agency. Things happen. People die. People have disappeared. In order to save an old family friend who is being blamed for a murder, Marion finds herself exploring the tunnels below London to solve the current mystery, and a batch of old ones. This charming story moves right along at a good clip with both suspense and plenty of action. I coul An alternate 1953--or is it? Twenty-something Marion Lane, a lowly bookstore employee, is secretly an apprentice in a very special and clandestine detective agency. Things happen. People die. People have disappeared. In order to save an old family friend who is being blamed for a murder, Marion finds herself exploring the tunnels below London to solve the current mystery, and a batch of old ones. This charming story moves right along at a good clip with both suspense and plenty of action. I couldn't put it down, and hope to see Marion Lane again soon.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    This was a strange twisty type of book. A little James Bondish and a little Agatha Christie type mystery. It also has a steampunk feel to it. It all seemed a bit cloudy at first but then the smoke cleared away and a neat little mystery appears. I enjoyed the story Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    What a gray and dreary story! The setting is London in 1958. The main character is Marion Lane. She worked for an auto repair shop and learned a lot about mechanics until a lack of business forced it to close. Now her grandmother, who moved in after her mother's suicide, is trying to pressure Marion to marry. She even goes so far as to sell her home out from under her. Marion's mentor Frank who was a friend of her late mother's finds her a job with Miss Brickett's Investigations & Inquiry where What a gray and dreary story! The setting is London in 1958. The main character is Marion Lane. She worked for an auto repair shop and learned a lot about mechanics until a lack of business forced it to close. Now her grandmother, who moved in after her mother's suicide, is trying to pressure Marion to marry. She even goes so far as to sell her home out from under her. Marion's mentor Frank who was a friend of her late mother's finds her a job with Miss Brickett's Investigations & Inquiry where she is currently an apprentice. Miss Brickett's is underground both literally and figuratively. One enters through a decrepit used book store and a hidden trapdoor. The business has taken over some World War II underground shelters which were built from older facilities that may stretch back to Alchemists in the 1300a. The facility comes complete with dangerous and shifting tunnels and booby traps. Miss Brickett's also works outside the law and with questionable ethical standards. When Michelle White who works in the Filing Department is found dead in the Lock Room, the hidden camera indicates that only Marion's mentor Frank accessed the room during the relevant time. Marion is determined to clear his name and find the real murderer and unravel the mystery of how the murder was done. There isn't much desire to get justice for Michelle who wasn't a likeable character and who had a justly earned reputation for being a snitch. She alienated almost everyone who came into contact with her. Marion teams up with fellow apprentice Bill and a new agent hired from the US named Kenny Hugo to solve the crime and clear her mentor's name. But the real killer has a much bigger and much more dangerous plot than they know about. He's determined to complete his dastardly plans no matter who stands in his way. This book had shades of the MAN FROM UNCLE in the underground headquarters and even bits of HARRY POTTER in the map which illuminates the changing tunnel systems. But it is the MAN FROM UNCLE without the dashing heroes and humor and HARRY POTTER without the magic - though some of the gadgets in the story have a bit of a magical feel. The characters were not very well-developed. I don't feel that I ever got to know anything about Marion and her goals other than that her mother committed suicide and she was now homeless. The other characters were all similarly one-dimensional. All-in-all there were few bright spots mixed in with the dreary gray in this historical mystery for me. I did like some of the gadgets.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elliot A

    Thank you to the publisher, Park Row, for providing me with an ARC of Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. The Gist I have wasted almost an hour trying to write this review. During that time, I have cleaned the kitchen, made myself a tea, ate chips, moisturized my hands three times and watched 22:39 minutes of an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. The thing is, I don’t want to sound mean. I am not a mean person. This is not going to be a positive r Thank you to the publisher, Park Row, for providing me with an ARC of Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. The Gist I have wasted almost an hour trying to write this review. During that time, I have cleaned the kitchen, made myself a tea, ate chips, moisturized my hands three times and watched 22:39 minutes of an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. The thing is, I don’t want to sound mean. I am not a mean person. This is not going to be a positive review and I’d much rather braid my short hair with a sprained finger (it hurts a lot) than do what I’m about to do. The Details What I’m about to point out are common mistakes I have noticed in authors’ debut novels. And rest assured when and if I ever write my own novel, I will probably make the same ones. In the first two chapters the author introduces us to three female characters. Which one is the main character? As far as I could tell character 2 cannot be character 1 or 3. Character 1 could be the same as character 3. In chapter two we find out that character three is the protagonist, only because her name is mentioned in the title. Are you confused yet? Well, it gets a whole lot more convoluted from here one out. But let me backtrack just a little. The title included the word “murder” in it, so obviously I was going to sign up to read this, no questions asked. And yes, there is murder, however; it is so shrouded in the wordiness that is this story that it was difficult to detect it. As I said, two chapters equaled three different characters thrown at us. On top of that we have immense world building that is layered on top of the ordinary world we are used to. This makes the subtle differences between the regular world and the world created in this book extremely difficult to keep apart and understand. I think boiling this down to one major issue, I would say it is the issue of rushing things along too quickly. Sometimes this can be a very common rookie mistake. There are all these ideas floating around and they are great and have so much potential, but that fine tuning when spinning that delicate web of a story isn’t quite there yet. A little more time editing this story would have done it a world of good. I was so frustrated with it, because I could see the potential. I could see myself reading this story in two days, because it is just that good. It all just got lost in the words and descriptions. I began to notice immensely long paragraphs and sentences. One paragraph consisted only of two sentences, throwing so much at us, it was impossible for me to stay focused. The Verdict Overall, this had real potential. Sadly, now I’m sitting here with a headache, constantly running different possibilities through my head of how this could have been a great read. I feel awful about it. I don’t think I would recommend it. ElliotScribbles

  20. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne (It's All About Books)

    Finished reading: December 12th 2020 "We all have our secrets, Marion. Bill has his, you have yours. It doesn't mean you don't trust each other. Some truths are private, and they should remain that way." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Park Row in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[ I admit that I was sold as soon as I read the blurb of Marion Lane And The Midnight Murder and saw that it was a historical mystery. Add the promise Finished reading: December 12th 2020 "We all have our secrets, Marion. Bill has his, you have yours. It doesn't mean you don't trust each other. Some truths are private, and they should remain that way." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Park Row in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[ I admit that I was sold as soon as I read the blurb of Marion Lane And The Midnight Murder and saw that it was a historical mystery. Add the promise of a mysterous detective agency, secret tunnels and gadgets, and there was just no way I was going to be able to resist this story... And I'm glad I didn't, because I have just found myself a new favorite! The historical setting, the Inquirer world, the characters, the suspense, the murder mystery... I loved it all, and I really do hope T.A. Willberg will turn this is a series as I'm already craving for more. Fans of historical mysteries and detective thrillers alike will have a blast reading this debut! There is a lot to love in this story, but I guess the first thing that stands out is the historical setting. Marion Lane And The Midnight Murder takes place in 1958 London, a city that still struggles with the aftermath of WWII and of course will always have crimes to solve. The author did a brilliant job developing the historical feel of this story, and it really felt like I was transported back to the 1950s along with the main characters. Connected to this is the development of the Miss Brickett's Investigations & Inquiries agency and the whole Inquirer world in general, which is once again brilliantly done and really took the story to the next level for me. I loved learning more about this mysterious agency and the inner workings of their organization and those who worked there... This is definitely a world I wouldn't mind revisiting in the future! As for the characters... Marion Lane makes for a very strong main character and I was able to connect to her almost immediately. Her personality, her affinity to mechanics, her perseverance while hunting for the truth... There was just something about her that made me like her immediately, and I had a great time seeing her develop during the story. I also liked that she is an Inquirer-In-Training and not a full blown Inquirer, as this way we get to learn so much more about the organization and its training methods alone the way... Marion Lane And The Midnight Murder has a great cast of characters in general, and I had a wonderful time following them along the way. I was a big fan of both the plot and the writing itself too. The writing style is fluid and super engaging, making me fly through those pages in record time. The plot and its twists did a brilliant job building up the suspense and the whole 'on the edge of my seat' cliche most definitely applies here. The investigation was fascinating to follow and I definitely didn't guess most of the twists either, which is always a bonus for me. And the ending most definitely left me wanting for more! In short, I had a fantastic time with Marion Lane And The Midnight Murder and I can highly recommend this title to anyone who enjoys a well written detective thriller and/or historical mystery with a twist. It's a brilliant debut set in a world I wouldn't mind revisiting in the future! Fingers crossed this will actually become a series, as I'm already hungry for more. (hide spoiler)] P.S. Find more of my reviews here.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shomeret

    I agreed to review Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder because it features underground tunnels underneath the city of London. I've been fascinated with urban underground existence ever since I first watched the Beauty & The Beast TV series starring Ron Perlman as the Beast and Linda Hamilton as the Beauty . In that series New York City had an underground secret society beneath its streets. An underground agency employee named Frank was suspected of murder by the investigative agency. Agency app I agreed to review Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder because it features underground tunnels underneath the city of London. I've been fascinated with urban underground existence ever since I first watched the Beauty & The Beast TV series starring Ron Perlman as the Beast and Linda Hamilton as the Beauty . In that series New York City had an underground secret society beneath its streets. An underground agency employee named Frank was suspected of murder by the investigative agency. Agency apprentice Marion Lane had to clear his name in order to prevent Frank from being confined to an underground cell for the remainder of his life. For me, Marion's loyalty to Frank redeems this book. The agency is concealing a terrifying secret that goes back to WWII. That actually wasn't that long ago in terms of the book's chronology since this novel opens in 1958. Unless Marion manages to discover that secret, she will never find out the truth about the murder. Readers who love a dark tale of suspense will be electrified by Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder. I received a copy from the publisher via Net Galley. For my complete review see https://wwwbookbabe.blogspot.com/2020...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder is set in the late 1950s London. Marion is a first year apprentice for a secret detective agency called Miss Brickett’s Investigations & Inquiries that solves the crimes that have stumped Scotland Yard. I had to sit on my opinion of this book for a bit. I have come to the conclusion that I liked it, but I didn't love it. I really wanted to love this story. My biggest issue is that I felt like I was just dropped into the story without a lot of world building. I Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder is set in the late 1950s London. Marion is a first year apprentice for a secret detective agency called Miss Brickett’s Investigations & Inquiries that solves the crimes that have stumped Scotland Yard. I had to sit on my opinion of this book for a bit. I have come to the conclusion that I liked it, but I didn't love it. I really wanted to love this story. My biggest issue is that I felt like I was just dropped into the story without a lot of world building. I'm still not sure how this agency operates. It was kind of a cross between steam punk and the underground world of the Ministry of Magic only without any magic. Because the story is mainly set within the walls of the agency, I felt like I didn't really get a sense of how the agency works out in the real world. This particular story line might have been better had it been the second or third in a series. The "locked room" setting didn't work for me here. I did like the characters. Marion is a smart and determined woman. She has a lot of room to grow into her role as a detective. The peripheral characters were also interesting and ones I would like to revisit. The mystery was just OK. I found myself invested in the characters more than the plot. I will probably pick up the next one if it comes out. Hopefully, the world building will be a bit more fleshed out.

  23. 5 out of 5

    WeLoveBigBooksAndWeCannotLie

    An underground secret society of detectives? Count me in! What a great concept! Thank you so much @parkrowbooks for gifting us a copy of Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T.A. Willberg!!! Marion is an apprentice on her way to becoming a full detective. These detectives solve cases that the police either can’t solve or don’t have time to solve. A lot of mystery surrounds the agency and they go to great lengths to keep it that way. One night, one of their own is murdered...within the walls of t An underground secret society of detectives? Count me in! What a great concept! Thank you so much @parkrowbooks for gifting us a copy of Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T.A. Willberg!!! Marion is an apprentice on her way to becoming a full detective. These detectives solve cases that the police either can’t solve or don’t have time to solve. A lot of mystery surrounds the agency and they go to great lengths to keep it that way. One night, one of their own is murdered...within the walls of their protected and secret offices. That can only mean one thing... a murderer is among them. Marion gets pulled into the investigation trying to prove her friend’s innocence all the while trying to decide who she can and can’t trust among her peers. Will she be able to find the culprit before her friend is wrongly convicted or before she, herself, becomes the next victim??? I had a lot of fun reading this one! I absolutely love the premise of the story! If you love a good detective mystery, this book is definitely for you! Be sure to visit our Amazon Storefront if you are interested in purchasing this book! It releases TODAY!!! Link in bio

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lacey

    A bright eyed and bushy tailed Marion Lane works for a secret detective organization in 1950s London. ”Miss Brickett’s Investigations & Inquiries” has it’s headquarters below an old bookshop located in the miles of hidden tunnels below the city. But when a murder takes place inside the organization, the detectives realize it was one of their own who committed the crime. Marion knows that her accused friend isn’t capable of murder and takes it upon herself to solve the case putting herself in imm A bright eyed and bushy tailed Marion Lane works for a secret detective organization in 1950s London. ”Miss Brickett’s Investigations & Inquiries” has it’s headquarters below an old bookshop located in the miles of hidden tunnels below the city. But when a murder takes place inside the organization, the detectives realize it was one of their own who committed the crime. Marion knows that her accused friend isn’t capable of murder and takes it upon herself to solve the case putting herself in imminent danger. Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder is 327 pages long and took me six days to read. I absolutely adored this book and am giving it a 4.5 out of 5! I’m praying that this is a series because I didn’t want this book to end!! Highly recommend it to everyone!! Thank you, Park Row Books, for sending me this copy! Here’s to the adventure of finding a novel novel! Lacey

  25. 4 out of 5

    Geonn Cannon

    Last book of 2020! I don't love the cover - it's a bit too cozy for what the book turns out to be - but the story itself is really enjoyable. How could I not love a book about a secret cadre of investigators working in hidden tunnels below London? I wish there had been more focus on some of their cases rather than a more in-house mystery (the Scorch case seemed particularly interesting but never really goes anywhere. Maybe in a sequel?) but for a first novel it had to do some worldbuilding and s Last book of 2020! I don't love the cover - it's a bit too cozy for what the book turns out to be - but the story itself is really enjoyable. How could I not love a book about a secret cadre of investigators working in hidden tunnels below London? I wish there had been more focus on some of their cases rather than a more in-house mystery (the Scorch case seemed particularly interesting but never really goes anywhere. Maybe in a sequel?) but for a first novel it had to do some worldbuilding and set up how the group operated. So maybe as the series goes in, it will have juicier cases. That said, a really good book and hopefully the start of a great new series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Marion Lane is an apprentice operator of an underground crime solving organization set in London in the 50's. They work in a series of tunnels solving Scotland Yard's unsolved cases. A murder of an agent in the tunnel has Marion saving her friend and mentor who is being framed for the killing. I hope this is book 1 in a series. A good cozy to solve with lots of interesting characters and a unique premise. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. Marion Lane is an apprentice operator of an underground crime solving organization set in London in the 50's. They work in a series of tunnels solving Scotland Yard's unsolved cases. A murder of an agent in the tunnel has Marion saving her friend and mentor who is being framed for the killing. I hope this is book 1 in a series. A good cozy to solve with lots of interesting characters and a unique premise. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alix

    I absolutely LOVED Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder. What a great way to start off 2021. This reminded me of a steampunk Harry Potter mixed with murder, underground labyrinths, cool gadgets, and alchemical secrets. There was a lot going on in this book but it all worked together seamlessly. I love the idea of an underground detective agency and I sincerely hope there’s a sequel where we can see Marion in action again.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melinda Beatty

    A fun, twisty mystery in an alternate 1950’s with a plucky, mechanically minded female protagonist.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sheryle

    This book introduces us to Marion Lane, a first year apprentice at an underground detective agency in 1958 London; located, literally, underground. The agency is organized like the Ministry of Magic from the world of Harry Potter, and James Bond’s Q would feel at home in the Gadgetry Department. It’s all very clever and a bit cute and cozy And that’s the problem. This was almost a cozy mystery. I was expecting something more hardcore and dramatic. It also seemed like more time was spent in intro This book introduces us to Marion Lane, a first year apprentice at an underground detective agency in 1958 London; located, literally, underground. The agency is organized like the Ministry of Magic from the world of Harry Potter, and James Bond’s Q would feel at home in the Gadgetry Department. It’s all very clever and a bit cute and cozy And that’s the problem. This was almost a cozy mystery. I was expecting something more hardcore and dramatic. It also seemed like more time was spent in introducing characters and the agency and its setting than on the actual mystery. This is fine, if this is the first in a series. Although this was not the book I was expecting, I do think it’s quirkinesses will make it popular with many and a good series. My copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to the the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    1.5 stars Interesting concept: a school for private investigators based underground in 1958 London with imagery and devices reminiscent of Harry Potter. For me however the multiple characters and the resolution of the mystery didn't come together. 1.5 stars Interesting concept: a school for private investigators based underground in 1958 London with imagery and devices reminiscent of Harry Potter. For me however the multiple characters and the resolution of the mystery didn't come together.

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