Friday, May 7, 2021

Friday Memes: A Peculiar Combination by Ashley Weaver

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August 1940

We were going to get caught.

The alarming idea buzzed around inside my head like the menacing drone of an approaching Luftwaffe bomber, even as I tried to banish it. I had never had this sensation in the middle of a job before, and it was disquieting to say the least.
Friday 56:
"The major thinks I'm a society lady, born and bred," I said to Jerome Curtis in a whisper. "Uncle Laddy will be our little secret." Then I winked at him before I turned and followed the major inside.
This week I am spotlighting A Peculiar Combination by Ashley Weaver. This debuts a new series and is a historical mystery. Here is the description from Amazon:
The first in the Electra McDonnell series from Edgar-nominated author Ashley Weaver, set in England during World War II, A Peculiar Combination is a delightful mystery filled with spies, murder, romance, and the author's signature wit.

Electra McDonnell has always known that the way she and her family earn their living is slightly outside of the law. Breaking into the homes of the rich and picking the locks on their safes may not be condoned by British law enforcement, but World War II is in full swing, Ellie's cousins Colm and Toby are off fighting against Hitler, and Uncle Mick's more honorable business as a locksmith can't pay the bills any more.

So when Uncle Mick receives a tip about a safe full of jewels in the empty house of a wealthy family, he and Ellie can’t resist. All goes as planned―until the pair are caught redhanded. Ellie expects them to be taken straight to prison, but instead they are delivered to a large townhouse, where government official Major Ramsey is waiting with an offer: either Ellie agrees to help him break into a safe and retrieve blueprints that will be critical to the British war effort, before they can be delivered to a German spy, or he turns her over to the police

Ellie doesn’t care for the Major's imperious manner, but she has no choice, and besides, she's eager to do her bit for king and country. She may be a thief, but she's no coward. When she and the Major break into the house in question, they find instead the purported German spy dead on the floor, the safe already open and empty. Soon, Ellie and Major Ramsey are forced to put aside their differences to unmask the double-agent, as they try to stop allied plans falling into German hands.


  1. Sounds good! I do like starting a new series. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  2. Everything about this book sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

  3. This sounds like a great read. Enjoy your current read!

  4. Sounds good - I think I'm going to have to add this to my tbr.

  5. Love this time period and setting--and the start of a new series--I'm in!!

  6. Great intro and I love that cover and the setting. Great choice.

  7. Another WWII one that looks delightful. Thank you for the update.

  8. I hope you love this one! Happy weekend!

  9. I really enjoyed this one too! I hope you have a great week, Kathy!

  10. This sounds fantastic! I love the 56 snippet. Sounds like a fun character.


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