Goodreads synopsis: “A race against time to unmask a Nazi spy
In a great English house, a young woman offers herself to one of the most powerful and influential figures in the land – but this is no ordinary seduction. She plans to ensure his death . . .
On holiday in France, Professor Tom Wilde discovers his brilliant student Marcus Marfield, who disappeared two years earlier to join the International Brigades in Spain, in the Le Vernet concentration camp in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Wilde secures his release just as German tanks roll into Poland.
Meanwhile, a U-boat sinks the liner Athenia in the Atlantic with many casualties, including Americans, onboard. Goebbels claims Churchill put a bomb in the ship to blame Germany and to lure America into the war.
As the various strands of an international conspiracy begin to unwind, Tom Wilde will find himself in great personal danger. For just who is ? And where does his loyalty lie? “
It was great to get back to this wonderful series set in 1930s Cambridge, with two of my favourite amateur detectives, Professor Tom Wilde and his girlfriend Lydia Morris.
This book opens just before the start of World War Two, whilst Tom and Lydia are on holiday in the south of France. Tom is approached by a stranger who lets him know that Marcus Marfield, one of his Cambridge students, is in a concentration camp and needs help to get back to England. Tom being a true gentleman visits the camp and brings the student back to England with Lydia. What starts off as an act of kindness, soon turns into something far more sinister that Tom and Lydia could ever imagine.
This was a super book that I read in 24 hours, with so many twists, turns and an international conspiracy, that I really didn’t know what to expect next. Even though I read this just before Christmas, I still get the shivers thinking about the villain and the things that happened. This is definitely the best in the series so far, and I can’t wait for the next book, even though I have to wait another year!
I thoroughly recommend this book and series if you enjoy historical crime fiction.
Thanks so much to NetGalley and Bonnier Zaffre for my digital copy.