1936. Europe is in turmoil. The Nazis have marched into the Rhineland. In Russia, Stalin has unleashed his Great Terror. Spain has erupted in civil war.
In Berlin, a young Englishwoman evades the Gestapo to deliver vital papers to a Jewish scientist. Within weeks, she is found dead, a silver syringe clutched in her fingers.
In an exclusive London club, a conspiracy is launched that threatens the very heart of government. When a renowned society couple with fascist leanings is found brutally murdered, a maverick Cambridge professor is drawn into a world of espionage he knows only from history books. The deeper Thomas Wilde delves, the more he finds to link the murders with the girl with the silver syringe – and even more worryingly to the scandal surrounding the Abdication…
So this book from Rory Clements caught my eye. Corpus was not what I was expecting, to be honest. Interesting. We have a strong start, but then we slowly build up to the whole turmoil all around.
We follow American professor Tom Wilde in his Cambridge University become a detective of sorts. With the whole political storm that’s about to start in Europe as Hitler was rising in Germany, we try to solve a suspicious murder.
It’s an era of history I haven’t read much about, so it was interesting to have a small glimpse of how people went on with their lives maybe. It’s full of politically decided faiths and judgements of character based on what political manifesto you were hiding and praising.
But we also delve into the quiet Cambridge life that Wilde loves. Besides that, we travel around Europe and swim through an amalgam of Russian, Spaniards, German and try to go through the action-packed few days the novel presents.
I liked Tom Wilde and his way of looking at British politics and lifestyle, sometimes as an intruder trying to make sense of it. I liked the way he was trying to teach his students to look at the world through history’s glasses on.
Very well-paced and engaging. Let me know what you think of it.