“Excellent pacing, brilliant story, superb characters, a wonderful evocation of the period, a great crime mystery. Brilliant!” Endorsed by Michael Jecks
Dudley Green Associates Private Investigation Agency Book 2
Sick of working amidst the lies and bureaucracy at the Home Office Ena Green, nee Dudley, resigns and starts her own investigating agency where she is later joined by her old work colleague, Artie Mallory.
During 1960, Rupert Highsmith, lover of Ena’s associate Artie Mallory, receives anonymous letters and compromising photographs taken twenty-four years earlier in Berlin. While researching the parentage of a young woman claiming to be the daughter of Ena’s friend, Priscilla Galbraith, Highsmith is almost killed in a hit and run. The investigation takes Ena to Shetland where she learns that the would-be assassin of Highsmith (and PM Stanley Baldwin in 1936) is dead.
Who wants to kill Rupert Highsmith, and more importantly, why? Who took the compromising photographs in 1936? And is the girl who says she’s Priscilla’s daughter the child that was stolen nineteen years ago?
“Old Cases, New Colours“, written by Madalyn Morgan, is a Historical Thriller, the a book part of the Dudley Green Investigation series, that was published on 25th March 2021. https://jessbookishlife.wordpress.com
A genre I love is Historical Fiction, it’s not just the romances (although those are close to my heart). History is vast and the creativity the authors, in that genre have, is amazing. This book is a Historical, yes… but it’s also a thriller. And that just makes it exciting in a different way.
In this book we follow Ena Dudley, and although I have only read one book connected to this one (Chasing Ghosts), it was fine because it can be read as a standalone. And let me tell you I liked this book a lot.
Ena is a fascinating character. She is setting up her business: a private investigation agency; and that’s an element, not just in the character but also in the story, that I loved. It opens up so many questions about the world of the PI and women in that business.
The characters felt real which in a Historical setting I believe is very important. I could connect with Ena and ended up rooting for her and wanted to see what she would do next and how the other characters would act too.
As I read the book, I was very focus. I was looking forward to learning the outcome of the case. The book also had a good flow to it and it wasn’t difficult to understand or follow what was happening. I felt like I was in that context and learning about the society and Ena.
Overall, I can imagine so many other books following other cases, and I’m very curious to know what else is going to happen next in the A Dudley Green Investigation series.
When I agreed to take part in the blog your for ‘Old Cases New Colours’ I hadn’t realised that it was the ninth book in ‘The Dudley Sisters’ series. It doesn’t make any difference as the book reads perfectly well as a standalone. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Old Cases New Colours’ but more about that in a bit.
I was drawn into this story from the very start. The synopsis intrigued me and I just had to read more. To say that reading ‘Old Cases New Colours’ became addictive is a huge understatement. I initially picked the book up only intending to read a couple of chapters to fill in half an hour but I took to the characters so well and became so wrapped up in the story that I read a lot more than I had originally intended. My Kindle wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me. I couldn’t bear to miss a single second of the story. I seemed to gallop through the story at a rate of knots and at one point the pages were turning so quickly that the page numbers became a blur. I found ‘Old Cases New Colours’ to be a gripping read, which held my attention from start to finish and kept me guessing.
‘Old Cases New Colours’ is well written. I loved the characters, I loved the storylines and I loved where the story was set. Madalyn certainly knows how to grab your attention and draw you into what proves to be a compelling story. The story tootled along at a gentle pace which suited the story. I loved the way in which Madalyn created a certain amount of tension and the way in which she weaved twists and turns into the story. I felt as though I was part of the story and that’s thanks to Madalyn’s very vivid and realistic storytelling.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Old Cases New Colours’ and I would recommend it to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Madalyn’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*
This was a really fun read, it reminded me of a lot of mystery novels with a slight tongue in cheek humour – and they’re always enjoyable.
The characters are strongly drawn and Ena in particular is fascinating and I was rooting for her to solve all of her cases and get the agency up and running. She felt very modern but also of her time – a tricky thing to pull off.
The plot bubbled along nicely, and the supporting characters were entertaining – especially the wealthy Priscilla, forever pinching things and pretending to run out on her restaurant bills.
A lovely little novel for anyone interested in the murky world of London before it began to swing, Madalyn Morgan’s Old Cases, New Colours is positively rooted in its setting.
London here is greys and browns and people not delivering the new office furniture in time. It is a city where people keep petty cash in biscuit tins under the sink and have to cash in both their money and their husband’s to open a detective agency.
Morgan peppers her cast with the sort of bounders, dolly girls and loyal young men from GCHQ which one might expect in a novel of this sort and the plot bounces along pleasingly.
If you were a fan of Channel 4’s television programme Traitors, you like your crime on the hard edged side of cozy and a nice soupcon of espionage mixed into the broth, then you should definitely be uncovering some Old Cases, New Colours.
My thoughts – This is the first book I have read in the Dudley Sisters series. The series is set in the 1960’s and finds Ena embarking on opening her own business. A big thing for a woman, at that time, but this is a detective agency. With her background it is the perfect occupation, and is a great as a vehicle for the story.
The agency certainly sees her meet a wide variety of characters and the problems they bring to her to solve. Her life is about to get more difficult when she is called to be a prosecution witness, at the Old Bailey.
Even if you haven’t read any of the other books in the series, you can jump straight into this one. It is well written and I really liked the characters. I will definitely be reading more from this series.
Old Cases, New Colours by Madalyn Morgan is the ninth book in The Dudly Sisters series but works great as a standalone. It was quite an addictive read!
I really took to the characters. I’m very impressed with thus author’s ability to create characters that drew me into the story and kept me invested.
The plot was very compelling. The tension and twists and turns were so interesting to read. This author’s writingnstyle is very vivid. I loved it.
I enjoyed Old Cases, New Colours very much. Well written, with excellent characters. I recommend giving this one a read!
I loved the characters in this book. Ena was a modern woman of her time with setting her own business up and ploughing on. A mystery story with a bit of that good old humour that always keeps us going. I found it funny, chuckled a few times reading this I tell you. There are enough colourful characters to entertain us as we go along as well!
Ena ends up with a variety of cases that include an Art Gallery, nursing home and more, they do have you sat on the edge of your seat with your heart almost in your mouth while you silently hope for them to solve the cases. There is also an old case that needs clearing up as well, Ena has more than enough to keep her busy for the foreseeable future, that’s for sure.
Great read and one I am happy I didn’t miss out on, and I have plenty of books to make me chuckle when I have a chance to catch up with Ena and Artie.
Mini Review Crime, Historical Fiction and a Thriller all in one? Yep, you already have my heart. This book did not dissappoint! Although book 9 in a series (which I didn’t know😭🤣) it is easily read as a standalone and quite easy to understand. The pacing is swift yet easy, drawing readers into the story yet only revealing pieces of information at once to keep them hooked.
I loved the character of Ena Dudley and am definitely considering reading previous books in this series!