Many thanks to Tracy Fenton and Zaffre for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review of.’Moonlight Over Mayfair’ by Strictly Come Dancing legend, Anton Du Beke.
With a new king in place, tensions are rising in London and across Europe. Shaken by the Great Depression and with talk of another war coming, the Buckingham Hotel is trying to regain some stability.
Upstairs, Vivienne Edgerton is desperate to do something worthwhile with her time and her stepfather’s money, rather than spending it on frivolity and debauchery – but will this land her in even more trouble?
And downstairs, chambermaid Nancy Nettleton is finally starting to feel more settled at the Buckingham, and hopes her brother will soon call London home, too. But she misses the man she loves, demonstration dancer Raymond de Guise, who is noticeably absent from the Grand Ballroom dance floor.
The staff and guests of the Buckingham soon discover that in a hotel full of secrets, there’s always someone listening . . .
What does TWG think?
I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this book as I had never read one of Anton Du Beke’s novels before. I only know him from the Saturday night dancing show, Strictly Come Dancing, so I was quite surprised by him trying his hand at writing books. Dont ask me why, because I dont know!
Had I have read Du Beke’s previous novel, I think this installment would have made more sense as it is a continuation from the first novel. Ignoring that fact for a moment, I did enjoy the premise of the book and I was pleasantly surprised by such detailed descriptions throughout.
As for the storyline, I was captivated by Vivenne and Nancy’s stories, learning about their differing outlooks on life where money was concerned.
It’s clear by this book that Anton Du Beke isnt a one trick pony, and I am intrigued to read more. A pleasing read overall.