Byline: BY WENDY HOLDEN
THE CRIMSON ROOMS BY KATHARINE McMAHON (Weidenfeld [pounds sterling]18.99) THIS wonderful book kept me calm during a 24-hour train journey with two young children. During their nap-times, DVD-watching times and, yes, even reading times, I seized it like an alcoholic does white wine (for which it had to be a substitute -- the TGV having no buffet).
It's a fantastic read: moving, gripping, absorbing and thrillingly sexy.
Evelyn Gifford, whose middle-class family is devastated by the death of her brother in the trenches, is blazing a trail as a lawyer in Twenties London. It's difficult enough getting the (male) profession to take her seriously, but life's set to become trickier when a young Australian appears at the family home with her child, who she claims is Evelyn's dead brother's.
Then comes the action thick and fast -- murder cases, cover-ups, deceit in high places and Evelyn's growing love for a lawyer who's hot in every …
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Publication information: Article title: Popular Fiction. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Mail (London). Publication date: June 19, 2009. Page number: 69. © 2007 Daily Mail. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.
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