In The Spotlight: Ellen Wilkinson’s The Division Bell Mystery

Check out this book in the spotlight: Ellen Wilkinson’s The Division Bell Mystery from this post on the Confessions of a Mystery Novelist blog,.

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Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. Some novels give the reader the chance to go ‘behind the scenes’ in a profession, often because the author has experience (e.g. forensic mysteries written by forensic pathologists). That’s the sort of story that Ellen Wilkinson’s The Division Bell Mystery is, so let’s turn the spotlight on that novel today.

Parliamentary Private Secretary Robert West is meeting a friend, Donald Shaw, for dinner at the House of Commons. West is due at nine for a parliamentary division – a counting of likely votes on a measure – so he doesn’t have a lot of time. The two men are just passing one of the private dining rooms when the division bell rings. At the same time, West and Shaw hear a gunshot from inside the private room.

The two men rush in to see that powerful American financier Georges Oissel…

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