When I read Fires of London I hadn't really paid attention to the blurb, so I had no idea what I was reading, and I was pleasantly surprised. The book follows the artist Francis Bacon as he works as an ARP warden during WWII, hangs about in the Soho gay scene and solves crime.
Bacon, as the central character, is well and charismatically sketched and I was prompted to research him further after reading this, which is always a good thing. I also loved the character of his former nanny, who Bacon lived with for much of his life.
I didn't know anything about the gay scene in 1940s, so I found that setting really interesting. It is very tastefully done - obviously there is a significant amount of sex, but it is not graphic or overplayed. The descriptions of the Blitz were very good as well.
Overall, the one big flaw with this book is that it was far too short. I thought I was at the halfway mark, and was very surprised when I looked at my Kindle and saw I was at 90% of the way through the book. I felt that the plot could have used more detail and length.
Book: Fires of London
Author: Janice Law
Publisher: Open Road