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1936. Europe is in turmoil. The Nazis have marched into the Rhineland. In Russia, Stalin has unleashed his Great Terror. Spain has erupted in civil war.
In Berlin, a young Englishwoman evades the Gestapo to deliver vital papers to a Jewish scientist. Within weeks, she is found dead in her Cambridge bedroom, a silver syringe clutched in her fingers.
In a London club, three senior members of the British establishment light the touch paper on a conspiracy that will threaten the very heart of government. Even the ancient colleges of Cambridge are not immune to political division. Dons and students must choose a side: right or left, where do you stand?
When a renowned member of the county set and his wife are found horribly murdered, a maverick history professor finds himself dragged into a world of espionage which, until now, he has only read about in books. But the deeper Thomas Wilde delves, the more he wonders whether the murders are linked to the death of the girl with the silver syringe – and, just as worryingly, to the scandal surrounding King Edward VIII and his mistress Wallis Simpson…
Not usually the biggest fan of historical, me, but this was one that I actually was really keen to read and all the yays I thought it was great.
I found it to be HUGELY entertaining and the historical background to it is actually one I know something about – yes unusual I tend to live in the present but school- and Rory Clements really brought the sense of time and place to life in Corpus. He has also created a terrifically engaging character in Thomas Wilde, he will make an excellent series protagonist. Clever not caricature and I look forward to reading more.
Mixing politics and crime in an intriguing and full of flair fashion, the plot was superbly crafted, complex yet ever addictive and there is a richness to the historical detail here that really packs a punch. I do love a good atmospheric novel and Rory Clements has a terrifically sharp writing style that completely drags you in.
Mystery abounds, the political climate is rabid, social divides are explored and overall Corpus is a terrific mystery thriller which really should appeal to a wide range of readers – so if you, like me, rarely if ever read historical novels then I would happily recommend you pick this one up to give it a go.
Great stuff! Bring on the next one…
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