Goodreads synopsis: “In the gripping new spy thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Hitler’s Secret, a Cambridge spy must unravel a dangerous mystery that goes all the way to the heart of the Third Reich – and the British Monarchy . . .
Sweden, 1942 – Two old friends meet. They are cousins. One is Prince George, Duke of Kent, brother of the King of England. The other is Prince Philipp von Hesse, a committed Nazi and close friend of Adolf Hitler.
Days later, the Prince George is killed in a plane crash in the north of Scotland. The official story is that it was an accident – but not everyone is convinced.
There is even a suggestion that the Duke’s plane was sabotaged, but with no evidence, Cambridge spy Tom Wilde is sent north to discover the truth . . .“
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I love this series featuring American Cambridge History Professor Tom Wilde and his partner Lydia Morris.
Set in the summer of 1942 the book opened with Professor Wilde being asked go up to Scotland to check out the crash site on behalf of OSS, the new American Intelligence section and FDR, the American President. As is usual for Tom Wilde it wasn’t a simple task as he wasn’t wanted up there asking awkward questions. Add subterfuge and characters that I really wasn’t sure if I should trust, plus a plot had me turning the pages really fast as I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next!
Characters from previous books make reappearances, including the enigmatic Philip Eaton. He always makes me feel wary as I know something bad is probably going to happen to poor Tom or Lydia.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, in fact it’s one of my highly anticipated reads for 2021. I’m very happy to say that it lived up to my expectations. Rory Clements once again took a historical event that I knew nothing about and worked a fantastic spy story into it. It was fascinating to read at the end of the book about the real events it was based on and the people who were involved.
I thoroughly recommend this book and the series, especially if you enjoy spy thrillers set in World War Two.
Thanks so much to NetGalley and Bonnier Zaffre for my digital copy.