1917, on the Western Front the fighting is still intense, losses are terrible and the outcome uncertain...
At Some Disputed Barricade, the fourth novel in Anne Perry's stunning World War I quintet, is a gripping insight into life in the trenches, and the inner workings of the British Secret Service. Perfect for fans of Pat Barker and Sebastian Barry.
'Very enjoyable and gripping' - Glasgow Evening Times
It's July 1917, and as the sun sets over No-man's-land, so Joseph Reavley's heart sinks with it. As chaplain he must keep up the men's morale, but as rumours of mutiny grow stronger he is losing any chance of getting through to them. After the death of an officer, twelve soldiers are arrested, and it falls to Joseph to uncover the truth about their involvement.
Joseph's brother Matthew, of the S.I.S, is also in pursuit of the truth, whilst struggling to come to terms with his part in the Peacemaker's death. Approached by a Junior Cabinet Minister who is being blackmailed, Matthew learns of a plot to destroy the only men who can bring about lasting peace. As he embarks on an investigation, Matthew knows his own life is in danger but thinks it a small price to pay to secure the future of millions of people.
What readers are saying about At Some Disputed Barricade:
'The author manages to grab the reader and pull him/her along, into another time and place'
'I became quickly absorbed in each of the series' mysteries, but this one is the most exciting so far'
'This is truly a special series'
Fans of the first three books in this WWI series from Perry, best known for her Victorian police procedurals, will eagerly pick up this fourth volume to learn more of the ongoing saga of the three Reavley siblings: Joseph, a chaplain working with soldiers on the front line in France; Matthew, a British intelligence officer; and Judith, an ambulance driver. (Newcomers may struggle to understand the backstory.) Matthew continues his search for the traitorous mastermind the "Peacemaker" plotting to align Britain with Germany to end the war, while Joseph is working on a smaller mystery: was British officer Howard Northrop killed by one of his own men? Exposition slows down the pace in places, but the author vividly captures the unspeakable horrors of the Great War. Readers won't have long to wait for the fifth and final entry in the series, We Shall Not Sleep (Reviews, Feb. 5).