Who is: The Unkept Woman by Allison Montclair

This is the fourth book in the author’s enjoyable historical mystery series. Readers who already know Sparks and Bainbride will be happy to again spend time with them and their agency.

For those who don’t know, the two women, one a former intelligence agent and the other, a war widow, run a Marriage Bureau. Sparks and Bainbridge are quite different people but they successfully share this business. The idea of a marriage bureau as a setting is quite clever in my opinion.

The time period of the novel is post WWII. The setting is England. This time Iris Sparks is approached by someone who has a tie to a person from her past. At the same time, Gwendolyn is trying to straighten out some issues from her own life. In addition to all of this, of course, there is a murder that needs to be solved.

A strength of this series is its protagonists and their backstories. I very much enjoyed reading about Iris and Gwendolyn.

Those who enjoy historical fiction and mysteries will do well to look at this. series. After reading this novel, readers may then want to work their way through all of the novels, even as they wait eagerly for book number five.

Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press-Minotaur for this title. All opinions are my own.

Pub date: 26 July 2022

Author: joycesmysteryandfictionbookreviews

I love to read, recommend books and open the world of reading to others. I tutor to ensure that the next generation of readers will know the joys of a good book because their reading skills have improved. I am an avid reader, especially of mysteries and fiction. I believe that two of the world's greatest inventions were the public library and eyeglasses!

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