Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars
Rating: 2.5 / 5
What an odd little book! At first you think to yourself: “Is it detective fiction, a ‘whodunit’ or possibly a thriller?” But once you get into story you quickly realise that it’s none of these.
We begin with news articles announcing the disappearance of a leading actor, followed by exposition, scene setting, backstory and some seemingly dissociated vignettes, which eventually make sense. When the narrative finally gets underway the rhythm is invariably interrupted by more backstory and sudden introductions of new characters.
There’s no doubt that much research has been undertaken, because it’s all in the book. It’s 1965 London, so the seamier side of life is explored—racism, misogyny, homophobia, police brutality, illegal abortion, nightclubs and the associated crime and corruption.
No new ground is covered; however, the detailed bus routes and journeys, including street names and landmarks, will more than aid you around London!