Title: Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars
Author: Miranda Emmerson
Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction, Character Driven
Blurb from Goodreads
How do you find a missing actress in a city where everyone’s playing a role?
In a tiny two-bed flat above a Turkish café on Neal Street lives Anna Treadway, a young dresser at the Galaxy Theatre.
When the American actress Iolanthe Green disappears after an evening’s performance at the Galaxy, the newspapers are wild with speculation about her fate.
But as the news grows old and the case grows colder, it seems Anna is the only person left determined to find out the truth.
Her search for the missing actress will take her into an England she did not know existed: an England of jazz clubs and prison cells, backstreet doctors and seaside ghost towns, where her carefully calibrated existence will be upended by violence but also, perhaps, by love.
For in order to uncover Iolanthe’s secrets, Anna is going to have to face up to a few of her own…
What a delightful surprise of a book!!!
Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars was a wonderful tapestry of life in 1960s London with the tale of a missing theatre actress named Iolanthe Green whose background was as mysterious as her disappearance. This was the main plot driver but rather than any character really stealing the limelight the novel felt very much like an ensemble piece.
The storyline followed a wonderfully mixed cast of characters each with their own stories to tell and their own secrets and lies to hide from; with loneliness and a sense of not quite fitting in anywhere probably being the main theme that connected each character.
I found it to be book quite the page turner and quickly became very invested in the storyline. The novel packed a lot of different subject matters into its pages with prejudices of varying types featuring heavily in the lives of the cast of characters. This influenced the plot in a great many surprising ways I thought and really helped to keep a lovely narrative flow to the storyline. Social injustices and the lack of equal rights for all were very prevalent motifs throughout the novel. Especially featured were stories of migrants to London.
Overall I thought this was great quick read that was well written. It felt very authentic to the 1960s time period. But most importantly Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars was filled with wonderfully well-rounded characters that had a great many interesting and surprising stories to tell which all came together to create a cohesive and entertaining read.