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2018 Macavity Award Winner for Best Historical Mystery
World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility.
As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls?
Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal.
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About the Author
Bowen’s work has won fourteen honors to date, including multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. Her books have been translated into many languages, and she has fans around the world, including twelve thousand Facebook followers. A transplanted Brit, Bowen divides her time between California and Arizona.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A fun, light mystery set during WW2. A German spy falls from the sky to his death near Farleigh Field when his parachute fails to open. What was he doing there and who was he meeting? Ben Cresswell is tasked with the job of figuring that out. A delightful cast of likable and unlikable characters round out this cozy, historical mystery.
Rhys Bowen is, in my opinion, a remarkable writer. Clear, insightful, drawing full characters and locations/historical times. This book is wonderful. I wanted it to last forever, but couldn't help reading as quickly as possible to see where she was going to take us as readers. "...what truly distinguishes this book, indeed all her (Bowen) books, is the quality of writing. Rhys Bowen is one of the very best fiction writers of the day. With a deep understanding of the wounded human heart, and an uncanny ability to capture the quiet emotions and the grand scale of war, she rises above her contemporaries. This is magnificently written and a must read.” —Louise Penny, New York Times bestselling author I couldn't say it any better. PS I was pleased that a character I didn't like turned out to be a guilty party. Very satisfying.