Four Stars For Danger by John Burke
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 24 Feb 2017
Four Stars for Danger is a pretty good thriller with just a touch of the gothic. It is important to realize that this is a reprint of an older title, otherwise you might be a bit put off by the chauvinism. Ellen Sawyer may be the lead character, but it is her male support who manages to solve all the intellectual aspects of the puzzle as well as guides her out of the physical danger. In her sphere of reviewing restaurants and hotels, she is independent but that gets overshadowed whenever she is with Mark. Once you put that aside, it is easy to like this light thriller with just a touch of romance. It reminded me of Agatha Christie’s stand alone espionage stories (though the women were stronger in those).
Ellen Sawyer is traveling the country, recording how women are treated at various restaurants and inns across Britain. In Wales, she tries to visit a coun...
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