I’ve been working my way through Ken Follett’s 900+ page tome Winter of the World, which is enjoyable, but still takes a long time to actually finish. So, I’ve got a couple of old book reviews for you this week.
I picked up this Anne Perry book because of the library’s summer reading program. They did a bingo card with different genres in each square, and I needed a mystery. Anne Perry has quite a few books published, so I decided to try one of her books for my mystery square.
Length: 384 pages
Setting: 1914, England
Summary: Matthew’s parents die in a horrible car accident. Matthew, a member of SIS, discovers it was likely not an accident, but tied to his father’s discovery of a document that would dishonor England in the world’s eyes. Soon after, the Archduke Ferdinand is assassinated, starting in motion the events leading up to WWI. Matthew and his brother, Joseph, a divinity professor at Cambridge, are trying to discover who murdered their parents, where the document came from and what exactly the document contained. Then, one of Joseph’s students, Sebastian, is killed in his room in Cambridge and Joseph tries to figure out who did it. Turns out, all the events are linked. Sebastian killed the parents to obtain the document, and then killed himself because of it. A second copy of the document is found and it was a nonaggression pact for the King to sign with the Kaiser.
Final thoughts: A decent book that got more interesting at the end. Perry was very concerned with place names and making sure the reader could follow where people were going. I just don’t care that much – it’s not like I’m going to retrace their steps! Perry also clearly depicted the formalness of the upper class in England at that time in history. Overall, my usual response to a mystery – it was fine, but I don’t think it’s worth reading the next book in the series.
Title comes from: The fact that WWI hasn’t actually begun by the time the book ends, but it’s going to soon
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review from a previous year
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