The Spies of Shilling Lane

The Spies of Shilling Lane

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"Mrs. Braithwaite, self-appointed queen of her English village, finds herself dethroned, despised, and dismissed following her husband's selfish divorce petition. Never deterred, the threat of a family secret being revealed sets her hot-foot to London to find the only person she has left -- her clever daughter Betty, who took work there at the first rumbles of war. But when she arrives, Betty's landlord, the timid Mr. Norris, informs her that Betty hasn't been home in days -- with the chaos of the bombs, there's no telling what might have befallen her. Aghast, Mrs. Braithwaite sets her bullish determination to the task of finding her only daughter. Storming into the London Blitz, Mrs. Braithwaite drags the reluctant Mr. Norris along as an unwitting sidekick as they piece together Betty's unexpectedly chaotic life. As she is thrown into the midst of danger and death, Mrs. Braithwaite is forced to rethink her old-fashioned notions of status, class, and reputation, and to reconsider the question that's been puzzling her since her world overturned: How do you measure the success of your life?"--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525576495
Branch Call Number: FIC RYAN, JENNIFER
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 17, 2019

Ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things. This is the best book I've read (so far) this year. The heroine & hero have acknowledged flaws (so refreshing to read about humans, instead of reading yet another book that populates history with flawless characters) but overcome them or, sometimes humorously, leverage them! Once I started, I could not put this down. Now I can only wait for Ryan's next book, impatiently.

Jul 14, 2019

Enjoyable if somewhat overlong. However the voice of Mrs. Braithwaite was disconcerting--I kept thinking I was listening to Flavia de Luce on the trail of another murderer!

Jun 06, 2019

Recommended for fans of Martha Kelly

May 30, 2019

Meet Mrs. Braithwaite and Mr. Norris. She is a recovering village busybody and he is a mild-mannered landlord. When Mrs. B comes to London looking for her daughter Betty, she meets Mr. N at the house where Betty was renting a room. To solve the mystery of the missing daughter, the two join forces and forge ahead into danger with some comical consequences. I find it refreshing to have our heroine and hero be such unlikely rescuers while being of middle age and total rookies at the spy trade. If you are looking for a clean and somewhat humorous, yet informative view of the way the BUF infiltrated Great Britain during WW II, then this is your book.


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