Olivia Denis is a content young wife with a carefree life in late 1930s London. Then her world is shattered with the violent death of her husband, Reggie. The police want to call it a suicide and close the case, but Olivia knows Reggie couldn't possibly have fired the fatal shot. Further mysteries surface surrounding her husband's death. Did the trustworthy Foreign Office employee betray government secrets? Was his murder linked to the death of a German embassy clerk the same night? And who searched their flat? Her desire for answers and her need to support herself cause her to break away from the pampered life she's known and take a job. But with the much-needed paycheck as a society reporter for a newspaper comes a secret secondary assignment - one that involves her in the increasingly dangerous world of European politics as the continent slides toward war.
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So I very rarely write reviews but after wading through this book I just had to comment. I wanted to like this lead character but there is nothing admirable about her. She is entirely clueless about the world around her. Her decision making would have ended her life many times over throughout the book. And the author relies entirely on the dashing man to save her.
Also the author's use of internal monologues is tedious. Just lazy story telling. As Chekhov said "Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass"
No there are wonderful, resourceful, crafty, funny, intelligent, savvy women heroines in this between the wars era.
Ms. Meire was a fine voice actor.
Intriguing historical mystery