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Leslie Thomas writer of Dangerous by Moonlight
A Bit about the Author
One of Britain's most popular authors he was raised by Barnado's Orphanage when his father drowned in the South Atlantic during a U boat attack on a wartime convoy and his Mother died within six months of this, He was only twelve at this time.
He has become a hugely successful author. His first book was called, This time next week, which was quickly followed by his first best seller The Virgin Soldier's, (which also became a very Successful film.) He has written several other works including Tropic of Ruislip, The Magic Army, Arrivals and departures, Chloe's Song, Dangerous Davies and the Lonely Heart , Other Times and The Adventures of Goodnight and Loving. He has also written some lesser known writing like The Dearest and the best, The hidden places of Britain, and some lovely Islands in which he explores some Islands of the British coast. There are many others too which of course I could list but the list goes on a bit and maybe if you are a fan you could seek these out for yourselves.
Leslie Thomas Married with three children from a previous marriage and one with his current wife Diana named Matthew. He now lives in Salisbury and London and has hobbies including cricket photography and music and antiques.
The Noval I wish to write about is
Dangerous By Moonlight
This is the book that started me reading Leslie Thomas's Novels. It is a light hearted look into the life of Detective Constable Dangerous Davies life and work. He is so called because he is the only Detective that will take on the seedy and otherwise more difficult tasks causing danger to himself on a regular basis.
This man lives in a questionable boarding house and cannot see his way to leaving it as he appears to be quite comfortable there. His ex wife and friend and associate also live in the same boarding house. Which is a little odd but works for him. He also has a girlfriend which as far as I can tell lives either in the boarding house too or very nearby. Which makes for a nice cosy home life.
The story unfolds with his friend Mod and himself referred to a lot as 'Dangerous', taking a trip to their local pub and being accosted there by the local Newsagent who wants to know what Dangerous is doing about the recent theft of Newspapers that have gone missing on several occasions from outside his shop?
Mod adds to this by telling Dangerous that a lot of strange events have been taking place over the last few weeks and the Library which he frequents a lot has lost or had stolen its coat and Hat stand.
Dangerous is later invited to a dinner dance to receive an award where he gets beaten up and hospitalized, this is where the story starts to take shape, he later gets released from hospital on the understanding that he rests and takes a holiday.Which he does with girlfriend (Gemma) and Mod and his lovely mischievous dog called Kitty. The group decide on Bournemouth and off they set for peace and quiet in the middle of Winter to take a few days vacation with Dangerous.
They stay in the Sea Breeze Hotel which is where the story takes another turn into the mysterious world of Dangerous Davies.
He is asked to investigate the missing Husband of the Hotelier and discovers several other things along the way. He finds out there is more to this missing man than at first appears apparent and refuses payment until the job is complete.
The story takes you through his findings and the characters he meets on the way. He is taken back and forth to London and Bournmouth in his quest to keep his job and find out where this mystery unfolds without loosing his job as he classed it as moonlighting.
He get beaten up again and again and you sometimes wonder why he bothered. But all through the book there are comical turns and I found myself laughing out loud in some places with the antics that Mod and the Dog Kitty get up too, as well as Dangerous himself.
I found myself transported into the book with Dangerous watching him manouver through all the little pitfalls and findings.
It is a good lighthearted read and I am now looking forward to reading The Adventures of Goodnight and Loving which I recently found on our very own bookshelf. Which I can only assume is one of my husbands old reads.