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"In February 1939 it is clear that Britain will soon be at war. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasing Hitler has failed. The nation looks to Winston Churchill whose years in the wilderness, warning of the catastrophe to come, are finally over. But MI5 learns that an enemy agent has been dispatched to England to assassinate Churchill. The agent's identity must be uncovered and Lord Edward Corinth begins inquiries at Cliveden, the Astors' country house in Buckinghamshire, notorious as the headquarters of those who are prepared to ...
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Overview

"In February 1939 it is clear that Britain will soon be at war. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasing Hitler has failed. The nation looks to Winston Churchill whose years in the wilderness, warning of the catastrophe to come, are finally over. But MI5 learns that an enemy agent has been dispatched to England to assassinate Churchill. The agent's identity must be uncovered and Lord Edward Corinth begins inquiries at Cliveden, the Astors' country house in Buckinghamshire, notorious as the headquarters of those who are prepared to go to any lengths to avert war." "Verity Browne is also there, much as she despises the so-called Cliveden Set. She has been ordered by her superiors in the Communist Party to get as close as possible to one of the Astors' guests, Joseph Kennedy, the American ambassador, who is convinced that Britain can never win a war against militant Germany." Then the body of a man is found in the Cliveden grounds. and Verity is shocked to recognize a fellow journalist. As war looms ever closer, Edward and Verity enter a tense race against time to identify Churchill's would-be assassin and the murderer of her friend.
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A foreign plot to assassinate Winston Churchill drives Roberts's disappointing ninth mystery to feature Lord Edward Corinth and journalist Verity Brown (after 2007's Something Wicked). In early 1939, MI5 sends jaded aristocrat Corinth to Cliveden, the Astor estate in Buckinghamshire that's headquarters for those who support appeasing Hitler, to investigate the threat. Corinth's fiancée, the Communist-leaning Brown, is also visiting the estate, where she's trying to cultivate Joseph Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to Britain. A string of murders that appear to be related to Kennedy provides the couple with a more conventional case to pursue. Unlike, say, Jack Higgins in The Eagle Has Landed(about a German scheme to kidnap Churchill during WWII), Roberts fails to compensate for the assassination attempt's inherent lack of suspense with enough else of sufficient interest. Some readers may find the historical detail that lends credibility to other books in the series less convincing in this latest entry. (Feb.)

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A soignee Communist and her upper-crust fiance scheme to thwart the assassination of Winston Churchill in their ninth adventure (Something Wicked, 2007, etc.). On the eve of World War II, intrepid reporter Verity Browne is losing her faith in Communism. Even so, she accepts one last assignment from the Party: to investigate Joseph Kennedy, the American ambassador to Britain. Meanwhile, MI5 calls on her betrothed, Lord Edward Corinth, to track down "Der Adler," a shadowy Nazi assassin. The lovers' missions intersect at the country estate of Lady Astor, but the intrigue turns deadly for one of Verity's old comrades and two more victims. Some clues point to the Irish Republican Army, others to the Kennedy family. Can Verity and Edward solve the case while protecting the vital Anglo-American alliance-all in time for their wedding? Everything will be settled by the obligatory confrontation between sleuth and killer, but the otherwise satisfactory resolution is marred by some surprisingly garbled explanations. Sometimes even the best-planned social events don't go off the way you expect. Despite the high-society trimmings, the political context keeps the stakes high enough to satisfy fans of international thrillers and historical romances alike.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781569475393
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Roberts worked in publishing for over thirty years before devoting his energies to writing full time. He is the author of eight mysteries featuring Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne. He is married and divides his time between London and Wiltshire, England.

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  • Posted February 22, 2009

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    a very complicated pre WWII thriller

    In 1939 England, M15 sends Lord Edward Corinth to Lady Aster's estate of Clivedon in Buckinghamshire to determine the relative strength of the Hitler appeasers headquartered there and to uncover the identity of Nazi super assassin Der Adler. At the same time his fiancée Communist Party sympathizer reporter Verity Brown arrives to ascertain the sympathies of the American Ambassador to England Joseph Kennedy.

    However, soon after their arrival, a Communist comrade and two other visitors are murdered. Corinth and Brown team up on the investigation with clues leading to the IRA or the Kennedy clan. Both wonder if Der Adler is behind the homicides with a plot to destroy the growing Anglo-American alliance by taking out the prime English supporter Winston Churchill.

    Although the climax seems too typical of the sub-genre for what is a very complicated pre WWII thriller, fans will appreciate the latest Corinth-Brown historical tale. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the engaged couple arrive at the Astor estate and never slows down until the final confrontation with a killer. Corinth is his usual decadent elitist self while Brown has begun doubting the Communists. Fans of the series will enjoy their preparations for their marriage begins with stopping a killer whose goal is to destroy the cross Atlantic alliance.

    Harriet Klausner

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