Today I am super excited to be bringing you my review for Miniskirts Are Murder by the wonderfully talented Des Burkinshaw. Many thanks to Des for providing me with a copy of the book for review, and as always thanks to Rachel of Rachels Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour!
Porter Norton, his friends and his sarcastic spirit guide, The Gliss, are on the trail of a young actress who went missing in Soho, London, in the Swinging Sixties. Still recovering from their last adventure in the battlefields of WW1, the gang are confronted by a transatlantic conspiracy.
I fell in love with this rag tag ghost hunting group during the first installation of the series, Dead And Talking, and was beyond excited to see book two coming out. Solicitors, a TV historian and an enthusiastic paranormal sceptic don’t make for the obvious choice for a group of paranormal mystery solvers, but it really works.
Porters spirit guide, The Gliss, appears in the form of a floating other-wordly head, and there is no limit to that spirits attitude. I absolutely love what he brings to the group, and his sarcastic and witty comments always leave me chuckling as I read on. Feng, Karin and Namita make for a diverse, if slightly odd, group. But again, it works. Their personalities all clash at times, but they manage to work together and push past it.
The real joy with this book (And the series as a whole) is the ability to explore all sorts of historical eras with new eyes. Book one took us back to WW1, with Miniskirts Are Murder transporting us back to the swinging sixties, bustling Soho, and the midst of the Cold War. Porter and gang begin investigating a young woman who went missing in the 60s, but soon end up entangled in a much larger web before long.
I love Burkinshaws ability to tackle tough subject matter head on; the dual timelines of past and present brilliantly showcasing how far society has come (or in some cases, hasn’t!) in the handling of hard hitting issues such as racism or sexual abuse. The story is also well paced, with various strands of the mystery slowly pulling together over the course of the book, leaving you with the feeling that you are solving it right alongside the gang.
With Porter having a large amount of trauma to atone for with his mission with The Gliss, I’m sure there will be plenty more instalments in this series, and I can’t wait to see where Burkinshaw takes us next!
About The Author
Des, 52, is a former Times journalist/BBC TV producer. Miniskirts are Murder is the second in the Porter and The Gliss Investigations series, following Dead & Talking in 2019.
Des likes to live out as much of the stories as possible and spent 3 months in the US researching this novel. He runs a film school in London and has just been commissioned to write a limited season TV series intended for Netflix. He is also a keen musician and through work has jammed with people like Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson and Jeff Lynne. He is married with 1 daughter.