In Farleigh Field A novel

Rhys Bowen

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Subjects
Genres
Spy stories
Historical fiction
Spy fiction
War fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Published
Seattle : Lake Union Publishing [2017]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
378 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781477818299
1477818294
Main Author
Rhys Bowen (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Downton Abbey meets WWII. An infantry regiment is billeted at Farleigh Place, the Earl of Westerham's ancestral home in Kent, while the family adjusts to rationing and reduced staff. The war affects each of the earl's five daughters in different ways. Lady Pamela, for example, has a job at Bletchley Park, working on coded German messages. In Paris, Lady Margot is arrested by the Gestapo because her lover is in the Resistance. And Lady Phoebe, the youngest daughter, comes across the body of a parachutist in one of Farleigh's fields. Was the parachutist a spy? If so, was he trying to connect with someone in the neighborhood? Ben Cresswell, the local vicar's son, has been tasked by his superiors in MI5 to find out. Meanwhile, Ben's oldest friend, Jeremy Prescott, whom Pamela loves (though Ben loves her), has returned home after escaping from a POW camp. The skills Bowen brings to her several mystery series, including Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness, inform the plotting in this character-rich tale, which will be welcomed by her fans as well as by readers who enjoy fiction about the British home front. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Set in England during the early years of WWII, this well-crafted, thoroughly entertaining thriller from Agatha Award–winner Bowen (Crowned and Dangerous and nine other Royal Spyness mysteries) follows the lives of three childhood friends: RAF flying ace Jeremy Prescott, a city financier's son; Lady Pamela Sutton, the Earl of Westerham's third daughter, who works for a mysterious government department; and Ben Cresswell, a vicar's son, who, due to an accident, is deemed unfit for military duty and is recruited into a British intelligence unit. Glimpses of their initially carefree youth contrast with how the war gradually shapes their characters. The gripping action shifts among Farleigh Place (the Sutton family's stately home in Kent), London, and various hush-hush locations. Soon it's a game of spy versus spy, and with every twist and turn, the reader is unsure whom to trust. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Mar.) Copyright 2016 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

World War II arrives at the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate and MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with investigating at the same time one of the daughters takes a secret job at Bletchley Park.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Instantly absorbing, suspenseful, romantic, and stylish—like binge-watching a great British drama on Masterpiece Theater." —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling authorWinner of the Left Coast Crime Award winner for Best Historical Mystery Novel and the Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel.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.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“Instantly absorbing, suspenseful, romantic, and stylish—like binge-watching a great British drama on Masterpiece Theater.” —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling authorWinner of the Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel, the Macavity Award for Best Historical Novel, and the Left Coast Crime Award 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.