Book Review of
A Traitor In Whitehall
A Traitor In Whitehall by Julia Kelly is a historical mystery set in WWII.
I have enjoyed Julia Kelly’s writing. I also love mysteries, especially cozy mysteries, so when I saw that Julia Kelly had written a historical mystery that was the first book in the series, I knew that I wanted to read it.
I bought this book when it came out back in March, but I didn’t pick it up until recently. I was sick with a cold and had been doing quite a bit of reading. I wanted to read something slightly different, but that wouldn’t take much thought and concentration.
When I picked this up to read, I was fairly sure I would like it, but I had no idea it would turn into a five-star read.
Most of my favorite and five-star reads are nonfiction, but this book will make my list of favorite fiction reads this year.
It is WWII historical fiction with mystery and romance mixed in. Part of why I loved this book is that it felt like a cozy mystery, and the romance was what I would consider clean romance. There was romance without a lot of details or description.
As a child, Evelyne Redfern is known as the Parisian Orphan because of her parent’s high-profile marriage and problems.
As an adult, she worked at a munitions factory in London during WWII. When one of her father’s old friends finds Evelyne again, he offers her a job as a secretary working in Winston Churchill’s cabinet war rooms.
Shortly after starting work, another one of the secretaries was murdered, and Evelyne was the one who found the body.
Evelyn does not think the authorities are taking the case seriously enough and becomes an amateur detective to help solve the murder. She joins David, a minister aide who is really working to discover who is selling government secrets to solve the case.
If you love historical fiction and cozy mysteries, I think you will enjoy this one.