Very good first book in Anne Perry's WWI series. The murder plots drag on a bit too long, but the there is a wonderful background story of England building up to WW1. The two main characters, Matthew and Josesph interesting characters and looking forward to learning more about them in future books. Very good read.
Not your usual Perry fare but nonetheless is done extremely well. There are murders and treachery but the description Of England before the advent of World War One is the most striking part of this novel. A really remarkable book.
the story isn't as exciting as her victorian london series. good story but i do prefer the monk series and charlotte & thomas pitt murder series. maybe i just enjoy the time frame farther back than the 1910-1920's
This is an accomplished author, always pleasing to read. World War I is a topic of interest to me. This book deals with a mystery on the home front coincident with the beginning of the war -- somewhat plausible. Engaging characters.
On a sunny afternoon in late June 1914, Cambridge professor Joseph Reavley learns that his parents have died in an automobile crash. Joseph's brother, an officer in the Intelligence Service, reveals that their father had been en route to London with a mysterious secret document---allegedly possessing the power to disgrace England and destroy the civilized world. Now that explosive paper has vanished, and Jospeh is left to wonder: How had it fallen into the hands of his father, a quiet countryman?
This is a new time period for Anne Perry (she usually writes novels set in Victorian England) as it is set in 1914. She is a superior author and this book is no exception. It had excitement and twists and held my interest throughout.