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One summer weekend in 1949--but not our 1949--the well-connected "Farthing set", a group of upper-crust English families, enjoy a country retreat. Lucy is a minor daughter in one of those families; her parents were both leading figures in the group that overthrew Churchill and negotiated peace with Herr Hitler eight years before.

Despite her parents' evident disapproval, Lucy is married--happily--to a London Jew. It was therefore quite a surprise to Lucy when she and her husband David found themselves invited to the retreat. It's even more startling when, on the retreat's first night, a major politician of the Farthing set is found gruesomely murdered, with abundant signs that the killing was ritualistic.

It quickly becomes clear to Lucy that she and David were brought to the retreat in order to pin the murder on him. Major political machinations are at stake, including an initiative in Parliament, supported by the Farthing set, to limit the right to vote to university graduates. But whoever's behind the murder, and the frame-up, didn't reckon on the principal investigator from Scotland Yard being a man with very private reasons for sympathizing with outcasts...and looking beyond the obvious.

As the trap slowly shuts on Lucy and David, they begin to see a way out--a way fraught with peril in a darkening world.

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Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2006
ISBN: 9781429944403
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Mar 13, 2018

A fine alternative history novel, quick moving, two wonderful characters. Americans tend to glamorize war-time Britons; this book may rub off a bit of that gloss. They were not all Winston Churchill. Can't wait to read the two books which follow! Another fine read from Jo Walton.

Aug 02, 2017

A very enjoyable English country home murder mystery with the twist of an alternate history background. Possibly more enjoyable as the former, it doesn't dwell on the alternate history device as much as devotees of that genre might like. This is the first in a series of three books, but they each stand alone (but read this first if you are interested in the premise.)

Jul 15, 2014

Fascinating in concept, if not in execution; the character of Lucy is particularly problematic, with her affectations left over from childhood (from "Macedonians" to still calling her parents Mummy and Daddy), and the alternate history is certainly stronger than the police procedural. Nevertheless, a chilling look at the razor's edge civilization walks.

Sep 08, 2012

Alternate history. This mystery is the first of three parts. Quite well written.

Oct 23, 2010

Could not get past the first two chapters.

Jan 08, 2009

disturbing, 1st of three; a small mystery, murder & a really scary look at what might have been.

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