As soldiers muster on the streets, spies circle in the shadows and Lotti Franke, a young woman from the Faith and Beauty Society - the elite finishing school for Nazi girls - is found in a shallow grave.
Clara Vine, Anglo-German actress and spy, has been offered the most ambitious part she has ever played. And in her more secret life, British Intelligence has recalled her to London to probe reports that the Nazis and the Soviet Union are planning to make a pact.
Then Clara hears of Lotti's death, and is determined to discover what happened to her. But what she uncovers is something of infinite value to the Nazi regime - the object that led to Lotti's murder - and now she herself is in danger.
In a drama which traverses Berlin, Paris, Vienna and London, Clara Vine tries to keep her friends close, but finds her enemies are even closer.
Praise for Jane Thynne's Clara Vine novels:
'An absolute cracker of a read…fast-paced and gripping from the start. Thynne expertly maintains the suspense, while evoking the tension of Berlin as the city gathers its strength for war' Sunday Times
'A thoroughly enjoyable read: fast-paced, atmospheric and genuinely suspenseful' Mail on Sunday
'Pre-war Germany's atmosphere of repression, terror and Nazi hubris is vividly evoked in a gripping but sad tale' Literary Review
'Terrific' Elizabeth Buchan
'The perfect fusion of history, suspense and high romance….the pace is relentless, the background brilliantly evoked and the sex gorgeously spiced with danger.' The Times
'A compelling story of love and betrayal in Hitler's Berlin' Daisy Goodwin, author of The Last Duchess
Jane Thynne was born in Venezuela and educated in London. She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English and joined the BBC as a journalist. She has also worked at The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Independent, as well as for numerous British magazines. She appears as a broadcaster on Radio 4. Jane is married to the writer Philip Kerr. They have three children and live in London. Find out more at www.janethynne.com connect with her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @janethynne
'The perfect fusion of history, suspense and high romance'
– The Times on Black Roses
'A thoughtful but fast-moving novel'
– Reader's Digest on Black Roses
'This well-researched story unfolds with utterly knuckle-whitening suspense, and it was my favourite escapist read of the year'
– Saga Magazine on Black Roses
– Elizabeth Buchan, The Sunday Times on Black Roses
'Jane Thynne's smooth writing, sensitive understanding of the era and sharp observations combine into an excellent historical thriller'
– Jessica Mann, Literary Review on Black Roses
'Fast-paced and gripping'
– The Sunday Times on The Winter Garden
'A thoroughly enjoyable read: fast-paced, atmospheric and genuinely suspenseful'
– Mail on Sunday on The Winter Garden
'Both historically fascinating and a proper thriller'
– Reader's Digest on The Winter Garden
'An absolute cracker of a read...Thynne expertly maintains the suspense, while evoking the tension of Berlin as the city gathers its strength for war'
– The Times on The Winter Garden
'A thumpingly good read with a strong denouement'
– Mail on Sunday on The Winter Garden
'So convincing one forgets that it is a piece of fiction'
– The Lady on The Winter Garden
'Pre-war Germany's atmosphere of reprehension, terror and Nazi hubris is vividly evoked in a gripping but sad tale'
– Jessica Mann, Literary Review on The Winter Garden
'A tale of suspense and intrigue...Thynne's grasp of the period is first-class, and she has woven in a tender wartime love story'
– Mail on Sunday on A War of Flowers
'Darkly brooding horror hangs over Germany; an irresistible page-turner packed with historical detail and told from a most unusual perspective'
– Kirkus Reviews on Faith and Beauty
‘This is the fourth of the addictive ‘Clara Vine’ novels, set in Berlin on the eve of war. Clara is a half-German British agent with access to the inner circle of Nazi wives. Portraits of women such as Magda Goebbels and Eva Braun are ruthlessly truthful, but drawn with compassion. It is early 1939, and Clara is drawn into investigating the murder of a girl at the League of Faith and Beauty finishing school. Brilliant’
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