Historical fiction, Mystery

The Vanishing Children by Graham Brack

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I want to start off by saying that this book is by no means a bad one. My rating reflects how involved I felt with the series thus far.
Master Mercurious is summoned again at the beginning of the book for another task that he is not technically qualified for. His presence is also required in the form of his alter-ego, that of a Catholic Priest. His dual role weighs heavily at this point, and he senses traps in every corner. He is forced to go and negotiate with people in Amsterdam. Once there, he realises the odd position he is in. He is unaware of many things about this trip, things that come to light slowly. He is not actively involved in untangling the case for their Stadhouder, but he does exert a lot of effort in trying to figure out the case of the missing children.
This latter part forms the bulk of the narrative, with missing Jewish immigrants’ children being abducted. A lot of legwork is done to track the evidence and put the pieces together to arrive at a sort-of satisfactory conclusion.
Although the mystery part was well written, it did not seem new. The dialogues, descriptions and inner monologues continue to be entertaining, but I felt like this particular adventure has unfolded before in the series. I would recommend this series to fans of historical fiction mysteries based in different countries. The political intrigue is present but not overpowering, making it easy for someone like me (with no past knowledge of those events) to understand it all.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience of this book and the previous works by the author.

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