In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen
Published by Lake Union Publishing
Genres: Adult, Historical
Source: Personal Collection
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World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility.
As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls?
Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal. - via GoodReads
I had high hopes for In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen but it really fell flat for me. I mean it’s World War II prior to the the United States joining the war set in a Downton-esque setting with German spies and it was just alright.
I think the most disappointing part is that I had figured out the big part of the mystery (the who), as it was screamingly obvious, but I didn’t have the motive or the details. It wasn’t much of a mystery at all.
There were still parts that I enjoyed. In the US we aren’t taught much (in detail) about WWII prior to our country joining it. It was interesting to learn about rationing and specifically what the rations were (I can’t even imagine!) and what it could have been like for the people of England living in a war ravaged country.
I enjoyed reading about how people lived and what it was like for them. I also really enjoyed the Bletchly Park parts. I was glad to have already seen The Imitation Game. It helped me understand what was happening inside the campus. While I was disappointed with the mystery, In Farleigh Field was still an enjoyable read. I think my high expectations set me up.