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by Jennings, Maureen

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TitleBeware this boy
Author / Responsible partyJennings, Maureen
GenreDetective and mystery fiction.
TopicsDetective and mystery fiction. Historical fiction. Tyler, Tom (Fictitious character) -- Fiction. Birmingham (England) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction. World War, 1939-1945 -- England -- Birmingham -- Fiction.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


November, 1940. Tom Tyler, Detective Inspector of the small Shropshire town of Whitchurch, is a troubled man. The preceding summer had been a dark one for Britain, and even darker for Tom's own family and personal life. So he jumps at the opportunity to help out in the nearby city of Birmingham, where an explosion in a munitions factory has killed or badly injured several of the young women who have taken on dangerous work in support of the war effort. At first, it seems more than likely the explosion was an accident, and Tom has only been called in because the forces are stretched thin. But as he talks to the employees of the factory, inner divisions - between the owner and his employees, between unionists and workers who fear communist infiltration - begin to appear. Put that together with an AWOL young soldier who unwittingly puts all those he loves at risk and a charming American documentary filmmaker who may be much more than he seems, and you have a pause-register novel that bears all the hallmarks of Maureen Jennings' extraordinary talent: a multi-faceted mystery, vivid characters, snappy dialogue, and a pitch-perfect sense of the era of the Blitz, when the English were pushed to their limits and responded with a courage and resilience that still inspires.

Additional Information

System control numberS14290
Original Print PublisherLondon : Titan Books, 2013.
Series statementBook 2 of the Detective Inspector Tom Tyler mystery series
Series statement (Book 1 of Series Title)Book 2 of the Detective Inspector Tom Tyler mystery series
NarratorRoger Clark.
Narrator NameRoger Clark.
Participant or performer noteRoger Clark.
Narrators GenderMale narrator