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Black Roses by Jane Thynne
  

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Going to Berlin in 1933 on the promise of a part in a film, British actress Clara Vine is befriended by Helga, an actress and prostitute. They move amongst the upper layer of society dominated by the new elite – the Nazi officers and party officials – and we have some famous names here. Clara meets Leo who works for the British Embassy passport office and he recruits her to ‘observe’ these ladies and their husbands. Her acting abilities make her a natural spy and she becomes invaluable to Leo. She is in constant danger of discovery as her actions become more and more dangerous. The details about the real characters and the history of the time is fascinating and adds to what is basically a good mystery-cum-pacy-spy story.

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Synopsis

Black Roses by Jane Thynne

Berlin, 1933. Warning bells ring across Europe as Hitler comes to power Clara Vine is young and ambitious, and determined to succeed as an actress. A chance meeting at a party in London leads her to Berlin, to the famous Ufa studios and, unwittingly, into an uneasy circle of Nazi wives, among them Magda Goebbels. Then Clara meets Leo Quinn who is undercover, working for British intelligence. Leo sees in Clara the perfect recruit to spy on her new acquaintances, using her acting skills to win their confidence. But when Magda Goebbels reveals to Clara a dramatic secret and entrusts her with an extraordinary mission, Clara feels threatened, compromised and desperately caught between duty and love.

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

24th October 2013

Author

Jane Thynne

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Thriller / Suspense
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781849839853

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