I was delighted to be sent a complimentary copy of Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson to review. Occasionally I read a book that I recommend to my Mum. Other books I recommend to my 18 year old daughter. This is one that I will be recommending to both!
Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars
Set in the decade in which I was born (1960s) and in a city that I visited a lot as a child (London) this fascinated me. The plot follows Anna who works as a dresser at a theatre and lives above a Turkish café. One day an actress, Iolanthe Green, fails to turn up for work. The police start an investigation into the disappearance but it goes nowhere and Anna takes up the cause.
It’s a mystery which kept me guessing, a will-they/ won’t-they love story and a clever description of an era that both impresses and shocks.
The characters are wonderfully rich and form an eclectic band originating from Ireland, Turkey, Jamaica and England but you don’t really know them until the book ends; your relationship with them evolves right up to the last page. A large part of the narrative is dedicated to revealing snippets of back story about each of them.
Miranda Emmerson leads you through a number of ‘hidden worlds’ and she knows how to write a description! There is a lot going on in this book and I did occasionally have to check back when I was in danger of getting lost but it’s not too much to cope with. Just about every human affliction is dealt with: war, death, disability, violence, prejudice, post-natal depression, abortion, fear, corruption, poverty – I could go on. You’ll find it all!
Overall, it was a great read and the quality of the writing is so impressive. If you’re looking for a simple ‘Who done it?’ then this is not for you, but if you want a mystery with a historical fiction cloak on then you’ll love Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars. I certainly did!
Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars is available from Amazon UK