Taking a Chance

Taking a Chance Review

This historical romance/crime is set in Perth during the Second World War. Nell is an Australian journo, and quite the fashionable lady, and Johnny is a captain with the American Press Corps who has a bit of a shady romantic past.

Johnny's ex-lover, Lena Mitrovic, has been convicted of the murder of caddish artist Rick Henzell. Convinced of Lena's innocence, Johnny ropes Nell in to help him find the truth. During their investigation, they uncover a seedy and unsavoury side to wartime Perth. British, Australian and American servicemen are in the city looking to have a good time and many of the local girls are seeking excitement and romance. What they find is less wholesome. Some of these young girls fall into prostitution and become "Lost Girls".

Nell hopes to improve conditions for these Lost Girls and for the women in Fremantle Gaol. Johnny hopes to find the true killer of Rick Henzell. The chemistry between the two main characters is immediate. They are both attractive, witty, sassy and willing to throw themselves into the fray. But Nell is "engaged" to an Australian lawyer and suspicious of Johnny's reputation. As well she might be...

Title:Taking a Chance

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  • Jenny

    Taking a Chance is a historical crime mystery set in Perth Western Australia during the second world war. Eleanor (Nell) Fitzgerald was fashion writer for Perth Newspaper until one day her boss ask he...

  • Dale Harcombe

    Four and a half stars.I read A Stranger in my Street the first book by Deborah Burrows and really enjoyed it. That is why I was attracted to this book. The time is 1943. Nell Fitzgerald is unofficiall...

  • Lauren K

    4.5 starsTaking a chance is Deborah Burrows second novel set in Perth, Australia during wartime featuring an intriguing crime element. It’s the 1940′s and Nell Fitzgerald is an aspiring journalist...

  • Marg

    Last year I read and reviewed Deborah Burrows' debut novel A Stranger in My Street. There were numerous things that I enjoyed about the book, not the least of which was the fact that it was set in my ...

  • Steve

    3.5 stars. I enjoyed this book, but to me, it seemed to be trying to be both murder mystery and romance, and doing neither of them well. It certainly focused more on the romance side of things, and th...

  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

    For some reason I had expected that the characters from A Stranger in My Street, Deborah Burrows debut novel, would reappear in Taking a Chance, instead, the author introduces two new protagonists at ...

  • Paula Clark

    A wonderful historical look at wartime Perth and the influx of American servicemen. A very enjoyable storyline with a bit of intrigue, murder, mystery and of course love.I particularly enjoyed the dev...

  • Bree T

    It is 1943 in Perth, Australia and Eleanor “Nell” Fitzgerald is a journalist, working for a local rag. She primarily writes the women’s page, providing helpful fashion advice and frugal ways to ...

  • Sally Williams

    I really liked this book - 4.5 stars. It was a fascinating excursion into an exciting time in Australia's past. Nell is a fashion and beauty journo who gets involved in solving a murder mystery with a...

  • Emily

    Loved this book! Nell was such an enjoyable character, she is really relatable, due to her ambiguous and determined nature. The story was fast-paced, full of intrigue, humour and romance. I enjoyed th...