About the book
The second Spitfire Girl novel from bestselling author Fenella J Miller.
The ATA training base, Hampshire, 1940 Ellie Simpson is attached to an Air Transport Auxiliary base in Hampshire. Life as an ATA pilot is tough, but despite the long hours and danger, Ellie can think of nowhere she’d rather be.
Not only does she love flying, but doing important war work, alongside new-found
friends, provides a welcome distraction from worrying about loved ones fighting on
the front line. Being an ATA girl is definitely exciting, but as Ellie soon finds out
wearing the distinctive blue uniform also means putting her life on the line every time
she takes to the skies.
It will take friendship and a strength she didn’t know she possessed to help her county
– and those she loves – to survive.
An inspiring story of an incredible girl going above and beyond during World War II
About the author
Jack knocked on the door and was asked to come in. He wasn’t sure what he’d been
expecting – a row of accusatory faces sitting behind a desk, sinister men in plain
clothes waiting to arrest him; but what he saw was nothing like that.
‘Ah, Squadron Leader Reynolds, welcome, welcome. I’m Roger Mainwaring. Find
a pew, shove the papers onto the floor, more important things to talk about than those
tedious items.’ The speaker was a bespectacled young man about his own age,
untidily dressed, and as far from accusatory or sinister as he could possibly be.
He did as instructed and moved the chair up to the desk, which was as untidy as the
man behind it. ‘I’m a civilian, no need to address me so formally. Jack will do.’
‘Excellent, excellent. I expect you’re wondering why you’re here. Help yourself to
coffee if you want it – it’s in the thermos over there.’ He gestured vaguely towards the
table by the window and then continued. ‘Fine, fine, let’s get on with it shall we?’
‘I’m assuming it’s something to do with my deceased uncle, Joseph Cross.’
‘Exactly, exactly, you hit the nail on the head, Jack.’ Then the young man’s
expression changed from benign to something very different. His eyes were hard, his
friendly demeanour gone as if it had never existed.
Jack couldn’t stop himself shifting uncomfortably on his seat. The guy was his age,
half his size for God’s sake, why should he be nervous of him? But there was
something formidable about Mainwaring despite his glasses and slight figure.
‘You will be aware that the list Cross had was used for the purposes of blackmail.
Our inquiries relating to that matter were concluded last year. However, we
discovered that Cross also had connections to the major crime families in London.
We’ve not been able to locate items that we think are pertinent to this investigation
and are hoping you can help us with this.’
‘Exactly how? I didn’t spend more than a couple of weeks at his home in London
before moving out. I’d no idea he was crooked until I was shot.’
‘We’ve searched his property from top to bottom and found nothing. We think he
must have had a lock-up somewhere, or a second address, and are hoping you can
point us in that direction.’
‘Sorry, I don’t know anything about my uncle’s criminal activities. You’ve wasted
my time and yours by bringing me here. I would have been better off doing my duty.’
About the Author
Fenella J Miller was born in the Isle of Man. Her father was a Yorkshire man and her
mother the daughter of a Rajah. She has worked as a nanny, cleaner, field worker,
hotelier, chef, secondary and primary teacher and is now a full time writer. She has
over thirty eight Regency romantic adventures published plus four Jane Austen
variations, three Victorian sagas and seven WW2 family sagas. She lives in a pretty,
riverside village in Essex with her husband and British Shorthair cat. She has two
adult children and three grandchildren.
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