Summary: The young ward of the gamekeeper was out checking small game traps on the grounds of the Farleigh estate when he found the body. The man’s limbs were at odd angles and a bit of a parachute flapped in the breeze.
It was 1941 and Britain was at war with Germany. The parachutist was wearing a British uniform but a closer inspection by the commander of the troops garrisoned at Farleigh House revealed some oddities. It was obvious that the dead man was a spy. The hunt was on for a German collaborator and people looked at anyone who was an outsider with suspicion.
This was a time of great change for British aristocracy. In Farleigh Field focuses on the struggles of one family to bridge the gap between the past and the future. The older landowners desperately tried to hang onto what they’ve always known—the lavish dinners, garden parties, debutante balls for their daughters. The younger people were quicker to ride the winds of change and do their part for their country. Some worked long hours under trying conditions at Bletchley Park. Some were on active duty in the military. Others risked their lives to get information vital to the war effort.
For the most part they were safely out of the way of the bombing happening in London. But when that safety was threatened one night, it became clear even to those with the biggest blinders that someone in their midst was not who they appeared to be.
Comments: I picked up In Farleigh Field because I’m a fan of Rhys Bowen’s Molly Murphy mystery series and was not disappointed. I’d categorize this book as a mystery with an historical setting. The writing style is clear and it’s easy to follow the many people and events in the novel. If anyone should need it, there is a cast of characters at the beginning of the book.
4 ½ out of 5 books!