My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Simply brilliant. This is everything I want in a historical novel. It draws you into the time period perfectly, bringing a real sense of the start of the madness leading up to the Second World War.
Here we’re only just into the 1930s but there’re enough tensions for a modern reader to see where this time period is eventually going and Elin lays it all down with a deft touch.
I cannot wax lyrical enough about how much I love Millie Carstairs, the alter ego of cypher clerk Miles Siward, and here she’s on top form as a rescue mission to bring Miles’ beloved mother home to Blighty goes wrong from the moment they leave the Embassy in Bucharest.
This series needs to be turned into a TV show, its utterly compelling and superb settings just lend themselves to be adapted.
It’s daring do of the highest quality and reminds me a great deal of the wonderful Tommy and Tuppence Beresford from that master craftswoman Agatha Christie.
I’m intrigued by Falk, the German assassin who keeps popping up in the series, he needs his own book!
And Elin really threw me for a loop with one of the things which happened in this book. I wasn’t expecting it at all and was made very sad but it works so well to bring a real sense of the dangers of the world that Briers and Miles move in 😦
There’re some delicious plot elements left open for book three and another new character introduced who isn’t all he seems to be either.
Reading this just took me right back to the Saturday morning black & white weekly adventure shows of my childhood and I can’t wait for more.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.