A murder mystery featuring Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne.
With Winston Churchill receiving unauthorised information on Britain's rearmament program, the Foreign Office brings in Lord Edward Corinth to investigate the leaks. However, Edward rapidly abandons the investigation to concentrate on the murder of a Foreign Office official, who might have been one of Churchill's sources. All too soon, he finds himself entangled in a web of deception threatening the very security of the United Kingdom.
All too soon there is a second murder. Setting out for Spain to find the victim's son, Edward joins his friend Verity Browne, whom he fears is in extreme peril. Verity is reporting on the Civil War and is headed for Guernica, where a source has informed her that an attack will take place. But Edward and Verity arrive in the small town just in time to witness a merciless aerial bombardment on the civilian population.
And the danger isn't over yet, as near-certain death awaits Edward in London, where nothing - not even the woman he loves - is what is seems.
Praise for David Roberts:
'Roberts just keeps getting better with each book ... highly recommended for fans of Love in a Cold Climate and Gosford Park' Publishers Weekly
'A really well-crafted and charming mystery story' Daily Mail
'A perfect example of golden-age mystery traditions with the cobwebs swept away' Guardian
Those who wish Dorothy L. Sayers had written more Lord Peter stories will embrace British author Roberts's fifth historical (after 2003's Dangerous Sea) to feature Lord Edward Corinth, a wealthy bachelor and unofficial investigator for various government agencies, and Verity Browne, a scrappy war correspondent and ardent Communist. In the spring of 1937, the head of the Foreign Office, Sir Robert Vansittart, asks Lord Edward to find the source of embarrassing leaks about deficiencies in Britain's rearmament program to Winston Churchill, who's using the information to attack the government. Lord Edward reluctantly agrees to look into the possibly related matter of a minor Foreign Office employee's disappearance which becomes personal when the man turns up savagely murdered. The killer's trail leads Lord Edward to Spain, where Verity is covering the civil war, just in time for a day-trip to a town called Guernica. Roberts adroitly combines engaging lessons on the politics of the day with a compelling, well-paced story.