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.
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