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In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II by [Bowen, Rhys]
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From the Editor

I work with many accomplished authors, but it is truly a special event when a novel of this caliber lands on my desk. From the opening pages and the crack of the cricket bat, I knew I was going to be completely transported into another world. The beloved author of over thirty bestselling books, including two ongoing mystery series, Rhys Bowen penned this fabulous stand-alone historical novel that kept me up late turning the pages.

Both a glimpse into the “Downton-esque” family life on a British estate called Farleigh Place and a World War II mystery, this book is full of vivid characters and situations that immerse you in the lives of British aristocracy. Each of the daughters of Lord Westerham, who grew up in this rarified world, is deeply affected when a dead parachutist—likely a spy—is found on the grounds. Everyone, including family and staff, comes under suspicion as someone who might have colluded with the unknown military figure.

Ben Cresswell, the son of the town’s vicar and a close friend of the Westerhams, becomes our unlikely hero when he is called up by MI5 to use his connections to investigate. Ben ultimately risks his own life and everything he loves as he works to find the truth, all the while knowing that many more lives are at stake.

At its heart, In Farleigh Field is a tale of a family and a formerly quiet British village that must endure and thrive in a world torn by conflict. As an avid fan of novels of this ilk, as well as of Rhys Bowen, I know you will join me in applauding this book, which is truly one of her very finest.

- Danielle Marshall, Editor

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“…well-crafted, thoroughly entertaining thriller…a game of spy versus spy, and with every twist and turn, the reader is unsure whom to trust.” Publishers Weekly

“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.” Booklist

“In what could easily become a PBS show of its own, Bowen’s novel winningly details a World War II spy game. It features an English aristocrat’s daughter who works at London’s top-secret home of code breakers, Bletchley Park, and a number of others with high-stakes plots and plans.” Library Journal

“Suspenseful and thrilling, with some espionage too, this novel will keep readers deeply involved until the end.” Portland Book Review

In Farleigh Field delivers the same entertainment mixed with intellectual intrigue and realistic setting for which Bowen has earned awards and loyal fans.” —New York Journal of Books

“Well-plotted and thoroughly entertaining…With characters who are so fully fleshed out, you can imagine meeting them on the street…” —Historical Novel Society

“This story of war, love, and mystery is extremely suspenseful... both realistic and believable. Through the character’s eyes, readers will be drawn into the era and begin to understand the sacrifices and hardships placed on English society.” Crimespree Magazine

“A thrill a minute…highly recommend.” —Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick

“Riveting…” Military Press

"Instantly absorbing, suspenseful, romantic and stylish - like binge-watching a great British drama on Masterpiece Theater." —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author

In Farleigh Field is brilliant. The plotting is razor sharp and ingenious, the setting in World War Two Britain is so tangible it’s eerie. The depth and breadth of character is astonishing. They're likeable and repulsive and warm and stand-offish. And oh, so human. And so relatable. All this would be enough to propel In Farleigh Field to the top of your favourites list, but what truly distinguishes this book, indeed all her 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

“Irresistible, charming and heartbreakingly authentic. Rhys Bowen’s knowing voice transports Downton fans into a unputdownable family saga—a compelling journey through history, loss, honor and love. When war gets personal, every heart is in peril.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, author of Say No More

About the Author

Rhys Bowen is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty mystery novels. Her work includes the Molly Murphy mysteries, set in 1900s New York City, and the lighter Royal Spyness novels, featuring a minor royal in 1930s England. She also wrote the Constable Evans mysteries, about a police constable in contemporary Wales.

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.

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  • File Size: 4369 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (March 1, 2017)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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