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The Winter Garden by Jane Thynne
  

The Winter Garden

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The second atmospheric, German-based, pre-war spy story featuring actress Clara Vine. The first, Black Rose, was set in 1933. We are now into 1937 and Berlin is a dangerous. Clara is part Jewish and a British agent, both devastating secrets should they be discovered. Here the bride-to-be of a high ranking Nazi is killed and her death hushed up. Why? This is high society Berlin, Edward VIII and Wallis are due, the Mitford sisters are there, Joseph Goebbels and his wife, all are woven into a terrific tale of intrigue and fear. Highly recommended.

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The Winter Garden by Jane Thynne

Berlin, 1937. The city radiates glamour and ambition. But danger lurks in every shadow...Anna Hansen, a bride-to-be, is a pupil at one of Hitler's notorious Nazi Bride Schools, where young women are schooled on the art of being an SS officer's wife. Then, one night, she is brutally murdered and left in the gardens of the school. Her death will be hushed up and her life forgotten. Clara Vine is an actress at Berlin's famous Ufa studios by day and an undercover British Intelligence agent by night. She knew Anna and is disturbed by news of her death. She cannot understand why someone would want to cover it up, but she soon discovers that Anna's murder is linked to a far more ominous secret. With the newly abdicated Edward VIII and his wife Wallis set to arrive in Berlin, and the Mitford sisters dazzling on the social scene, Clara must work in the darkness to find the truth and send it back to London. It is a dangerous path she treads, and it will take everything she has to survive...

Reviews

`This is the fourth of the addictive `Clara Vine
novels, set in Berlin on the eve of war. Clara is a half

-German British agent with access to the inner circle of Nazi wives. Portraits of women such as Magda Goebbels and Eva Braun are ruthlessly truthful, but drawn with compassion. It is early 1939, and Clara is drawn into investigating the murder of a girl at the League of Faith and Beauty finishing school. Brilliant' * Saga magazine on Faith and Beauty * 'Darkly brooding horror hangs over Germany; an irresistible page-turner packed with historical detail and told from a most unusual perspective' * Kirkus Reviews on Faith and Beauty * 'A tale of suspense and intrigue...Thynne's grasp of the period is first-class, and she has woven in a tender wartime love story' * Mail on Sunday on A War of Flowers * 'Pre-war Germany's atmosphere of reprehension, terror and Nazi hubris is vividly evoked in a gripping but sad tale
Jessica Mann

* Literary Review on The Winter Garden * 'So convincing one forgets that it is a piece of fiction' * The Lady on The Winter Garden * 'A thumpingly good read with a strong denouement' * Mail on Sunday on The Winter Garden * 'An absolute cracker of a read...Thynne expertly maintains the suspense, while evoking the tension of Berlin as the city gathers its strength for war' * The Times on The Winter Garden * 'Both historically fascinating and a proper thriller' * Reader's Digest on The Winter Garden * 'A thoroughly enjoyable read: fast-paced, atmospheric and genuinely suspenseful' * Mail on Sunday on The Winter Garden * 'Fast-paced and gripping' * The Sunday Times on The Winter Garden * 'Jane Thynne's smooth writing, sensitive understanding of the era and sharp observations combine into an excellent historical thriller
Jessica Mann

* Literary Review on Black Roses * 'Terrific
Elizabeth Buchan

* The Sunday Times on Black Roses * 'This well-researched story unfolds with utterly knuckle-whitening suspense, and it was my favourite escapist read of the year' * Saga Magazine on Black Roses * 'A thoughtful but fast-moving novel' * Reader's Digest on Black Roses * 'The perfect fusion of history, suspense and high romance' * The Times on Black Roses *


About the Author

Jane Thynne

Jane Thynne was born in Venezuela and educated in London. She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature and joined the BBC as a journalist. She has also worked at The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Independent, as well as a broadcaster on Radio 4. She is married with three children and lives in London. Her previous novels are Patrimony and The Shell House.

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Publication date

9th October 2014

Author

Jane Thynne

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
448 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781849839891

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