Michael Gilbert had a writing career that spanned the many years of his long life. Gilbert’s first mystery, Close Quarters, was published in 1947. His last crime novel was written many years later. Death Has Deep Roots was first published in 1951.
At the time of its publication, memories of WWII would have been readily available to Gilbert’s readers. This may have made the story especially intriguing and relevant.
Gilbert sets his story a few years after the war. The main character is a woman who has been accused of murder. The murder is not just any murder but that of a war hero. Is she guilty? What happened? Can she be saved if she is innocent?
This involving story will capture the reader’s attention. Those who like courtroom dramas will especially like this one. I am so glad that it has been reissued by the British Crime Library. As is true of other books in this series, the cover is gorgeous.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.