The Man of Dangerous Secrets
The Man of Dangerous Secrets
Margery Allingham writing as Maxwell March
By Maxwell March
General Fiction (Adult), Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 11 Aug 2017
This book shows exactly why Margery Allingham is one of the most loved and remembered writers of the Golden Age of Mystery. Before reading The Man of Dangerous Secrets, I didn’t realize that Margery Allingham sometimes used a pseudonym. The Man of Dangerous Secrets has it all, a thrilling mystery, murder, conspiracy, blackmail, a beautiful heroine in danger and a clever and loyal hero. There is even romance. In all it is a wonderful novel.
Robin Grey is a detective, a well respected consultant of both Scotland Yard and the government, known for his intellect, his power of observation and his skill for understanding people and getting to the truth of the matter. Robin Grey becomes involved in a sinister conspiracy when he manages to prevent a murder at Waterloo Station. Not long after, he is consulted by Jennifer Fern, a troubled heiress whose lost two fiances to strange and tragic accidents and whose third fiance was the man Robin rescued earlier in the day. Magnetically drawn to the beautiful young woman, Robin pledges to use all the forces at his disposal to unravel the mystery and dispel the curse. As he falls in love, he too becomes a target of the forces determined to keep her unwed. From the start readers know of the conspiracy and its participants, but don’t fret. There are still many secrets and many dangers expected and unexpected to come.
5 / 5
I received a copy of The Man of Dangerous Secrets from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
He was haunted by the face of a girl, a girl lovely beyond all imagining, with stark terror in her wide grey eyes.
Robin Grey is Scotland Yard’s inside man – handling matters requiring a delicacy, integrity, and secrecy outside the jurisdiction of regular government offices. He is a man of details, of observation, and of intuition.
While lurking about Waterloo station on a mission for the Foreign Office, Grey’s interests are piqued by a suspicious looking character. Tailing him, Grey catches the man shove a fellow passenger onto the train tracks. Rushing to intervene, Robin Grey never stops to think that saving the victim might ensnare him in the same sinister plot.
Heiress Jennifer Fern is cursed: tragic accidents have claimed two past fiancés, and she would have lost a third had it not been for Robin Grey’s heroic action. Terrorised by the torment that stalks her, Grey is drawn to this young woman and feels honour-bound to help her. Tempting fate, he goes undercover to solve this deadly mystery. But if loving Miss Jennifer Fern means certain death, can Grey protect her, and his own heart, before history repeats itself?