The Key to Deceit by Ashley Weaver, Read by Alison Larkin
An Engrossing Historical Mystery
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A spirited performance by Alison Larkin enlivens the second Electra McDonnell historical mystery, The Key to Deceit. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Sandi Henschel discuss Ashley Weaver’s novel set before the Blitz in London, 1940. The body of a woman found in the Thames is wearing a cuff bracelet requiring unlocking. The Major calls upon Ellie and her less-than-legal skills to unlock it. Larkin captures Ellie’s smart-alecky attitude to perfection, along with her cheerful, chirpy comments. They discover a tiny camera hidden in the bracelet, and they realize they are dealing with a network of German spies looking for possible bombing sites. Then the bombing begins. Engrossing listening.