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Publisher's Summary

Berlin, 1933. Aspiring actress Clara Vine arrives in Berlin to find work at the famous Ufa studios. Through a chance meeting, she is unwillingly drawn into a circle of Nazi wives, led by Magda Goebbels. British Intelligence officer Leo Quinn sees Clara as the perfect recruit to spy on her new elite friends. But then Magda reveals to Clara a dramatic secret and entrusts her with an extraordinary mission.
©2013 Thynker Ltd (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"The crosscurrents and dangers of the build-up to war are established with expertise and not a little menace. Terrific." (Elizabeth Buchan for Sunday Times)
"Thynne's thriller is strong on the city’s paranoia, and its exploration of the Third Reich’s bizarre attitude to women gives it an original take on Nazi Germany" (Mail on Sunday)
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By David on 07-17-17

Not a bad listen but lacking atmosphere

I don't consider this book a waste of a credit and listened till the end. To some degree it held my attention however it was a rather passionless and insipid story. Considering the time in history this story is set and the real life political figures within the third reich that are mentioned within the text there is little trepidation, anxiety or atmosphere and indeed what the story does muster is in my opinion, largely created from the fact the listener is aware of the monstrous acts perpetrated and sanctioned by of the likes of Goebbles rather than any brilliance within the writing.
I found it hard to care very much about the main character which perhaps didn't help. I am aware that the story progressed in to a series and would be tempted to listen to another to see if things livened up as the plot is an interesting idea however I wouldn't waste a credit on a book that is much the same as this one which was rather bland. On times it felt like a historical name dropping exercise.

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By RK on 02-05-15

Mixed Bouquet

Would you listen to Black Roses again? Why?

No. I really enjoyed the story but several careless mispronunciations and breaks at the wrong points of sentences made it frustrating. Although I want to read more Clara Vine adventures I'll be getting text copies rather than audio for this reason.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes the pace was fine it was just the errors mentioned earlier that were irksome. One good thing was that the narrator didn't attempt comedy German accents but just gave people different voices (not always different enough for me though).

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

One of the pleasures of this book was that it took several topics and themes with the potential for melodrama and presented them in an interesting but not emotionally manipulative way. Reflecting how Magda Goebbels is presented perhaps - a very odd, eventful life but a veneer of cold glamour.

Any additional comments?

I loved the passages about cinema; details of the studios, mentions of German stars and directors of the time and would have liked more of these kinds of things.<br/>Basically cinema, spies and inter-war Europe are my favourite themes so in that way this book was a delight though the character of Clara needed a bit more oomph.

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By Hugh Ekeberg on 09-29-16

Did not go anywhere.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jane Thynne again?

No not after this one.

Any additional comments?

The story was very slow to build then at the end fizzled like a wet fire cracker.

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By Lynnette Dyer on 09-19-16

Excellent story

Full marks to the reader who made the entire story so easy to listen to. I would never have finished the book if not audio. Knowing it's all based on fact makes the story quite thrilling - such brave spies . Will read the series over time.
Lcdee

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