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In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II (English Edition) Format Kindle
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"Instantly absorbing, suspenseful, romantic, and stylish—like binge-watching a great British drama on Masterpiece Theater." —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author
Winner 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.
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Biographie de l'auteur
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.
Revue de presse
"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 --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition hardcover.
Détails sur le produit
- ASIN : B01HBKAYMA
- Éditeur : Lake Union Publishing (1 mars 2017)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 4145 KB
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- Pense-bêtes : Sur Kindle Scribe
- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 397 pages
- Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon : 23,768 en Boutique Kindle (Voir les 100 premiers en Boutique Kindle)
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- 236 en Literature
- 705 en Littérature en langues étrangères
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Meilleures évaluations de France
Un problème s'est produit lors du filtrage des commentaires. Veuillez réessayer ultérieurement.
-l'une très réaliste Molly qui fouille la société et pose plein de questions (même si elle attaque par le polar historique )
-l'autre drôle et déjantée avec la série Lagy Georgiana Rannoch .
Je préfère de loin la deuxième. Mais ce polar espionnage dans un Chateau avec des ladys et des lords est très bon. elle aurait pu faire une version avec la moitié des pages c'est un peu long mais c'est très satisfaisant au final
Meilleurs commentaires provenant d’autres pays
Where to begin with how dreadful and formulaic this mess is? Stilted, hackneyed prose. I mean, the opening scene is literally cricket on the village green with a crusty colonel and a reference to the war memorial. This is novel by cliché.
Two dimensional 'characters' ripped from every 'English' TV series you've ever seen. Here are all the stock characters from Upstairs Downstairs; the stern butler, the homely cook, the dim maid, who is even named Ruby in an unconscious homage.
Ironically the author includes a cast of characters. The sole German is a Herr Dinkslager, who is listed as 'Nazi officer and all-around dangerous man'. This really takes exposition to new, surreal levels.
For those unable to digest any kind of nuance or subtlety, don't worry. Blustering Colonels, headstrong proto-feminist daughters, snooty officers, sensitive geeks - all the usual stereotypes are here. Just don't waste your time trying to read the thing.
If you liked Enid Blyton as a child with her overuse of clichés, adjectives and moral undertones then you will most probably enjoy this as an adult. If you don't care about historical accuracy and wooden characters and enjoy Mills and Boon then this is perhaps for you.
It certainly wasn't my "cup of tea old chap" (to coin the author's vernacular).
If you want a real war story, written with passion and accuracy then read "Carve her Name with Pride".
This is a spy thriller like no other book I have read based on this era which had me gripped as I loved how each character was played out creating a story which was full of historical facts yet this was one work of historical fiction which I would be happy to read again.
Farleigh Field is one excellent book which I would recommend to all readers of historical fiction especially those who have an interest in the Second World War.
The blurb makes In Farleigh Field sound like a fascinating historical thriller set in World War Two, which is isn't. Everything is very gentle and above board apart from a Golly and a Crikey or two and the odd cad. Rhys Bowen does a pretty good job of portraying the upper classes, assuming she was intending to be tongue-in cheek, and the supporting cast of "Cor Blimey" locals.
The best way I can think to describe the novel is that it is the historical equivalent of a "Cosy Mystery", a genre I see occasionally and avoid. That probably sounds like a bit of an insult, and having never read a cosy mystery, to be fair I imagine In Farleigh Field has a bit more going for it. If you want an undemanding and gentle mystery/thriller set in the Second World War then you should enjoy this tale.
This was a great tale of WW 'dering do' with people displaced, country homes taken over by the military, class barriers breaking down by necessity (but not totally gone), secrets over jobs and what and how to manage to find out information even between sisters. I felt this had more of wartime feel than I had expected and I enjoyed the storyline which kept me turning the pages even when I should have been sleeping, so yes, I enjoyed this one.
As I said, I have read this author before so had an idea what to expect of the writing and the warmth of the character led writing in this story but I wonder if there will ever be a 'follow up' book to this one as I feel the characters could easily morph into a series of their own, however the next two books in this series are completely different so obviously not an idea at this time.