This is the fourth novel in the Broken Wings series, but the first one I have read. It works perfectly well as a standalone though.
It is set in February 1944 and we get to know the girls of the Air Transport Auxiliary at RAF Hamble – Third Officer Doris Winter (who is American), Penny Blake, Third Officer Mary Whitworth-Baines (whose boyfriend is Detective Inspector Herbert Lawrence) and First Officer Betty Palmer. Their boss is Captain Jane Howell, then second in command is First Officer Thelma Aston.
I found it easy to get to know the characters and was into the story straight away. The wartime period feels very authentic, although I didn’t understand all the aeroplane terminology, but that didn’t matter.
I did find the American spelling annoying, but Mick explains his publishers are American. It jars a bit, as everything else is so English, but no fault of Mick himself, of course.
The girls all have their own issues and situations to deal with, so you see them as a team, but also as individuals. I love the camaraderie between them too, they have a real rapport. I love how they look after each other and rally round in times of crisis.
Plenty is going on, lots of storylines to explore. One is that Doris is getting married to Walter, but will their wedding plans work out? Walter is a reporter for the Hamble Gazette, which is owned by Ruth Stone who has a lovely cocker spaniel called Bobby. (I do love a good dog in a novel!)
Another intriguing storyline is that Betty appears to have a questionable past, along with her sister Eleanor. When she receives an anonymous letter, it seems to be a case for the Air Transport Mystery Club to try to solve… This leads to a whole lot of sleuthing!
It’s hard to put this into one genre. It’s historical fiction, but there’s romance in here, plenty of drama, mystery, crime – and all seamlessly woven into one clever story.
Mick’s writing style is really good, the story continues at a steady pace and never becomes dull. You grow to love the characters and want to read on to find out what happens to them. Doris was my favourite, but I loved them all and Duck deserves a special mention.
I think it would be a good idea to start with Book One in the series, just so you know all the back stories, but coming straight into Book Four didn’t stop me enjoying it at all. I will definitely be reading more of M. W. Arnold’s work.
In the Mood – Broken Wings book 4
During a hectic couple of weeks in February 1944, the girls of the Air Transport Auxiliary Mystery Club must face devastating personal loss amongst their number. A member of an illegal faction blackmails Betty, whilst a mystery at Mary’s ancestral home threatens to cause more trouble than anyone thought possible. In the midst of what should be the happiest of times, the portents seem to be catching up and little is what it seems to be. Can the girls find the strength to battle forces both internal and external, yet still maintain their dignity and friendship?.
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mood-Broken-Wings-Book-ebook/dp/B0B669NQ12
US – https://www.amazon.com/Mood-Broken-Wings-Book-ebook/dp/B0B669NQ12
A word about the author…
Mick is a hopeless romantic who was born in England and spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elizabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. He’s replaced it somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels.
He’s the proud keeper of two Romanian Were Cats bent on world domination, is mad on the music of the Beach Boys, and enjoys the theatre and humoring his Manchester United-supporting wife. Finally, and most importantly, Mick is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. In the Mood is the fourth novel in his Broken Wings series and he is very proud to be a part of the Vintage Rose Garden at The Wild Rose Press.
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