In Farleigh Field

In Farleigh Field

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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.

Publisher: Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781477818299
Characteristics: 378 pages ; 21 cm


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Katherine_A Sep 29, 2017

I have found the stories set during WW II that involve large family estates being requisitioned by the military to be interesting. How the family deals with soldiers taking over parts of their grounds and the house. The dynamics between family members and soldiers. In Farleigh Field is about a soldier who falls to his death after his parachute fails. He lands on the estate of Lord Westerham, which has been also been requisitioned by the military. A family friend and member of MI 5 Ben Cresswell is on assignment to figure out if the solider is a German spy. In the meantime Lord Westerhams daughter, Pamela, does her part for the war by taking at job at Bletchley Park, working on code breaking while her family thinks she’s a secretary. Ben and Pamela end up working together to figure out the identity of the solider and run into some interesting adventures and people in the process. In Farleigh Field was a quick read with interesting characters and an intriguing plot.

Sep 29, 2017

could not put this book down! well done!

Jul 10, 2017

Bowen introduces us to a large cast of characters as vicar's son and M15 agent Ben Cresswell is given the task of trying to find a Nazi collaborator in the quiet rural setting surrounding Farleigh Place, the home of the Earl of Westerham and his wife and five daughters. Touches of Downton Abbey (sibling rivalry, romance gone wrong, etc.) are not enough to turn this into the truly sweeping WWII saga Bowen may have had in mind, but it is a good read. Fans of Bowen's "Molly Murphy mysteries" may be more likely to enjoy it than those who only know her humorous "Royal Spyness" series.

Jun 02, 2017

More serious than Rhys Bowen's other books, this is a well-written look at espionage in Britain during WW2. While the main villain is predictable, there are enough twists to keep you wondering until near the end.

Apr 12, 2017

This historical drama set in World War II England is sure to please fans of the TV show "Downton Abbey". At the heart of the story are five sisters who grew up in the huge manor house at Farleigh and their neighbors. The body of a mysterious man dressed in a British uniform, but who was probably a German spy, is discovered by the youngest sister creating suspicions that there might be pro-German factions in the community. Unbeknownst to her family, the middle daughter at Farleigh has been working at Bletchley Park helping to break German codes and their neighbor is a secret MI5 operative. All this leads to an intriguing and fast read.

Apr 11, 2017

I hope this is not a standalone, because we have a whole cast of characters, fully fleshed out and available for further adventures. The five Sutton daughters are very different personalities, and I would like to follow them through the war years and into the post WWII era. The differing opinions in England about Hitler's Germany were quite interesting, as well as enduring rationing, women being encouraged to join the workforce, Jews fleeing the Nazi persecution and then putting up with prejudice in the countries to which they immigrated. This would make a great series.

CatherineG_1 Apr 02, 2017

Classic Rhys Bowen - great fast read. Well thought out and interesting facts about World War II England.

Mar 15, 2017

A World War 2 standalone by the author of the " Molly Murphy" and "Her Royal Spyness" series.


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