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In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II Paperback – March 1, 2017
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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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This is the best Kindle First book I have read. Rhys Bowen’s Her Royal Spyness series is so much fun to read, and I read the newest book in the series as soon as it comes out. Accordingly, I was so excited to learn she had written a stand-alone novel that takes place during World War 2 (which is one of my favorite eras). Bowen did not disappoint – In Farleigh Field was a delight from beginning to end. I hesitated slightly when I first opened the novel because she includes a list of all of the characters upfront. I have generally found that means there are too many characters for me to keep up with, but that was not the case at all for In Farleigh Field. The central plot of the novel involves the ancestral home of Lord Westerham, Farleigh Place, which is serving as headquarters for one of the British armed forces groups. Lord Westerham has five daughters, three of whom play large roles in the story, Pamela, Margot and Phoebe. Pamela works at Bletchly Park breaking German codes, Margot is in Paris working for the French Resistance, and Phoebe is at home (she’s only 12) and discovers the body of a soldier whose parachute failed as he tried to land near Farleigh Place. There are various subplots that develop with these and other characters as the story progresses and eventually a number of them tie together very effectively. The resolution of each plot line was very realistic and convincing.
Bowen’s exhaustive research is evident, and the tidbits she includes really add to the storyline. I loved learning about the group of aristocrats that supported Hitler and created a group to try and make peace with Germany (she calls them the Ring in the novel; in actuality she explains in her Author’s Note that they were called the Link). The MI5 and Bletchly Park details were fascinating too. I highly recommend this novel and was so glad I got the chance to read it.
It is a quick, fun read that includes actual historical events, romance, mystery and humor. I’ve read a fair amount of WWII fiction of late; this was unique for two streams of narrative. One is the “fifth column” where anyone of any foreign birth or difference was immediately under suspicion. The other was the role of the aristocracy who began to lose privilege, property, power and an entire way of life during the war and their willingness to embrace fascism to hold on to that.
The story is well told, although some characters (there is a dauntingly long cast of characters at the front of the book – best to ignore that and plunge in, in my opinion) are stereotypical and thinly drawn. It took a little bit to get started, but once it started rolling, I found I couldn’t put it down.
I did sort of guess who the “bad guy” was, though not completely, but it did not diminish my enjoyment of this novel.
I must say, this is the best “Kindle First” novel I’ve read in a long while. And the first one I’ve finished in the month I received it. I would recommend it. It has put Rhys Bowen’s novels higher up on my TBR list.
The story revolves around a stately home and three (well four but one is a ditz) aristocratic daughters who each in their own way become involved in World War 2 spy work. My mind compared them to the sisters in Downton Abbey but the book is original enough not to be any more of a copycat than others of that ilk. Still, anyone who enjoyed Downton Abbey will probably enjoy this one.
There is danger and some allusions to sex but in the main the book relies more on suspense. If you are looking for a serious World War 2 spy novel, this is not it but I enjoyed it.
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I would recommend it to all my mystery reading friends.