This is a very engaging series, but it is very frustrating to try to get into a series when the Book 1 and Book 2 are not available as recorded books ..Show More »in the U.S.--- Audible offers Book 3 under two different titles (A War of Flowers and Scent of Secrets) and Book 4 under two titles ( In Pursuit of Pearls and Faith and Beauty) which is confusing--it looks like Audible offers four titles in the series, and in reality it is only two. Readers should be advised to check the length of the books to avoid re-purchasing the book you just read!
I stumbled on this series of books from WW2 or just before the war and am quite delighted. I would call the spy genre my favourite one, but when ther..Show More »e was finally one written in a gentler, more female style, I thought I'd found the best ever. It was something I'd craved and never realized! As others have said, it isn't fast moving, but there is an authentic suspenseful story line that is resolved, but it's well mixed with lots of history and description, with a little romance and girly gossip thrown in for fun too. I haven't yet determined how the 3 books she has written with this heroine fit together in terms of sequence and perhaps they don't, but I've started another of the 3 already. Interestingly enough, Jane Thynne is married to Philip Kerr of the Bernie Gunther WW2 series. Can't you picture them travelling to Berlin for research! The narrator, Julie Teal,seems to have improved her French a bit since the last time I heard her and overall, she is a wonderful narrator, bringing all the characters to life. In another review, some of the accuracy of the author's historical details were questioned, such as the personalities of Eva Braun and Goebbels, but from what I've read, they were portrayed accurately, albeit in a fictionalized situation.
I have to echo a reviewer in the U.K. and say I'm getting hooked on this series. This is the second of three I've read and I'm looking forward to the..Show More » third. The author is the wife of the WW2 spy novelist, Philip Kerr, who I've read and enjoyed, but I'm enjoying these more. There needs to be name for this genre and I think it would be a Cozy Spy book: it has the features we all understand from cozy murders, yet with the political/historical elements one finds in spy novels. I can't go all out with 5 stars because of this and that, but it's definitely very enjoyable listening.