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May 23, 2016 by kitmoss

traitorTo Love a Traitor  Kindle Edition

JL Merrow

Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (September 15, 2015)

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Wounds of the heart take the longest to heal.

When solicitor’s clerk George Johnson moves into a rented London room in the winter of 1920, it’s with a secret goal: to find out if his fellow lodger, Matthew Connaught, is the wartime traitor who cost George’s adored older brother his life.

Yet as he gets to know Matthew—an irrepressibly cheerful ad man whose missing arm hasn’t dimmed his smile—George begins to lose sight of his mission.

As Matthew’s advances become ever harder to resist, George tries to convince himself his brother’s death was just the luck of the draw, and to forget he’s hiding a secret of his own. His true identity—and an act of conscience that shamed his family.

But as their mutual attraction grows, so does George’s desperation to know the truth about what happened that day in Ypres. If only to prove Matthew innocent—even if it means losing the man he’s come to love.

Warning: Contains larks in the snow, stiff upper lips, shadows of the Great War, and one man working undercover while another tries to lure him under the covers.


The thrust of this tale is whether George will be able to confront Matthew with his suspicions.  The reader only has the latter’s behavior to go on, while George only has that and his growing attraction and affection for Matthew to influence him.  The author does a good job showing how good a fellow Matthew is but also keeps his more private motives private.  As you go through the story you learn more about the facts of the case and how they lead other associates of the man and his brother to conclude that Matt is a traitor.  It keeps you guessing until the end, adding on top of that the feelings that someone is going to have to face heartbreak. This is a very well-told mystery.

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