Sergeant Joe is another fun read with some surprising
twists and turns by one of my favorite authors, Robert Tyler Stevens
(a.k.a. Mary Jane Staples). In this story you'll find a lot of cheeky
banter, a sprinkling of romance and a mystery involving Russian Reds and
an attempt on the German Kaiser during the Queen's coronation in
So basically, an ex- Dragoon, self named Sergeant Joe, is
out walking during a thick "pea souper" when he crashes into an orphan
cockney woman (think Eliza Doolittle) on the run from pinching a man's
wallet. She stumbles in the collision and sprains her ankle; Joe, being
the gent, takes her under his wing while she heals.
they're two peas in a pod, Dolly the pickpocket and Joe, who has his own
dubious dealings concerning literary forgeries,(which serve him some
amusement while feathering his nest). But while we are chuckling at the
witty bantering between them, there are more serious events forming, and
complications arise in the form of a Russian beauty, a question of
identity and the safety of the Monarchy and the Tsar of Russia.
By the way, fans of Robert Tyler Stevens will be pleased to know that Alexandra Petrovna (from The Summer Day Is Done) appears in this story as well.
SEX: None, although there's some flirting and innuendos
VIOLENCE: A murder is committed
PROFANITY: Liberal sprinkling of British slang/cusses
MY RATING: G-Mild PG