2017-08-06 08:02:51 UTC
I don't remember even buying this book, but sometimes I do read just plain history and I probably picked it up for that reason. I do see on the back the promo quotes are from Rhys Bowen (I love 2 of her series) Carolyn Hart, whom I do not read, and Cara Black who is mystery author I am unfamiliar with. This might have been part of why I brought it home.
Its doesn't really fit the cozy genre, but there is no blood, guts and gore. The premise is that Churchill's secretary is murdered, and there is an immediate need for somebody trustworthy so some of his spy folks call a girl they know and plunk her into the slot. She had applied to be a spy/code breaker because she had a degree in mathematics but was not chosen.
This story is set in 1940 before the Blitz began. It seems to have a good feel for the period. I learned a lot about Britain in that period that I didn't know, and I thought I did know a lot.
The heroine is a British born girl, raised by her aunt in the USA. She was working for Ambassador Joseph Kennedy until he was recalled, but she inherits a house in London,takes in roomers and finds another job.
There are death/murders and several other mysteries. I suppose it more accurately be classified as a thriller. Although set in 1940 it does introduce a few elements from a modern feminist perspective without preaching, more just giving us a chance to realize how much things have changed in 80 years. Nice puzzles though. There were clues, and I did figure out some of them because she plays fair with them, but then end was a surprise. I like to be surprised at the end.
This one was written in 2012 and there is a second one mentioned at the back called Princess Elizabeth's Spy, which I will definitely be looking for.