The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair

From Kirkus Review: “A war widow joins a former spy in setting up a matrimonial agency.”

Reading that I expected to be reading something lightweight. The Right Sort of Man is anything but. This was a story of real women with real issues, complex characters whose backstories unfold in a way that makes you feel as if you are getting to know someone. Gwen and Iris have each come through WWII with scars and issues that must be dealt with. Their decision to investigate a murder that has affected their new business becomes a means by which each can begin to resolve those issues.

The language is natural with dialogue that flows. The mood is never too dark or too light. Humor abounds and the banter is witty and intelligent. The prose is descriptive and made it easy to visualize London in the aftermath of the Blitz. 

I definitely recommend this one to anyone who enjoys a good mystery or historical fiction.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for my digital copy.

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