The second book in the Mirabelle Bevan Mystery series, set in 1952 - it was really scary writing the second, actually. So many readers had warmed to Brighton Belle (the first) and I knew they had expectations. It was also exciting though. The Mirabelles are my first series and there are going to be 11 of them so being able to develop the characters over such a huge spectrum was fascinating for me - from a technical point of view and fun too because such a lot has to happen. So, the story: when 17 year old debutante Rose Bellamy Gore goes missing in a seedy Soho jazz club the prime suspect is black saxophone player, Lindon Claremont, the last person to be seen talking to her. Under suspicion, Lindon heads straight for Brighton and his childhood friend, Vesta Churchill who works with ex-Secret Service office girl Mirabelle Bevan, now in charge of the McGuigan and McGuigan Debt Collection Agency. When Lindon is taken into custody the two women dive into London's underworld of smoky night clubs, smart cars and lethal cocktails to establish the truth. Researching this book I got to hang out with elderly jazz musicians and chat about all the (very naughty) things they got up to in the 1950s!