Our heroine duly sets to work over cups of bad coffee at the Espresso Bongo or a beaker of rum at the Old Jawbones and we are soon negotiating more twists and turns than Miss Dimont makes on her moped Herbert on her route from home to work.
Resort To Murder may fit into the cosy crime genre but it is more than a fascinating and fun page-turner of a murder mystery. The book is set in the late 1950s and like all the best novels it informs as well as entertains.
Fielden plots the emergence of the beat generation through the exploits of rock ‘n’ roll pioneers Danny Trouble And The Urge and the rise of the women’s movement via the Sisters of Reason’s direct action against beauty pageants. Indeed the changing role of women in the post-war world is a theme that recurs throughout the book as the old order yearn for life back in 1939 while a new generation demands equality and change.
All in all, Miss Dimont and her exploits have Sunday night TV drama written all over them.