Marion Lane

Created by T.A. Willberg

I dunno. This seems like a cross between Harry Potter and Harriett the Spy. With some Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie tossed in, and a quick spritz of steampunk, just in case. So you’ve got a little whimsy,a little fantasy, and a little mystery. We leave anyone out?

When we meet MARION LANE in Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder (2020), she’s twenty-three, an odd bird for sure–an unemployed former auto mechanic with a knack for putting things right, living a life of quiet desperation with her chronically unsatisfied grandmother on Number Sixteen Willow Street (Grandma wants nothing so much as to to marry off her peculiar granddaughter), in London’s post-war East End.

But that may soon change. Marion has just become a Junior Inquirer in Miss Brickett’s Investigations & Inquiries, a rather peculiar and clandestine private detective agency, tucked away in a number of hidden subterranean nooks and crannies under the streets of London; full of gadgets, and secrets left over from the War.

Their agency’s mission? To track down the criminals that the London police can’t.

But then one of Miss Brickett’s filing assistants, one not particularly well-liked, is murdered. Mysteriously… at midnight…


T.A. Willberg was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and holds a chiropractic masters degree from Durban University of Technology. Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder is her first novel and the first in a potential series. She lives in Malta with her partner.


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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