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 sense. …