June 1940: the first summer of the war. Berlin is being bombed and nightly blackouts suffocate the city.
Then France falls and a shadow descends. A shadow has fallen over Clara Vine’s own life, too. She is an Anglo-German woman in a country that hates England. Virulent anti-British propaganda is everywhere.
Then she is summoned to meet the Propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels who has decided that Clara should adopt a new role – as his spy — and that she must go to Paris on a mission.
Much as she dislikes the idea, Clara realises this might be the chance to find an escape route to England. But Goebbels has other ideas and soon Clara is drawn into a web that threatens to destroy her. As everything she holds dear is taken as ransom, she must fight to protect her family – and to survive…
Fabulously sophisticated entertainment
1933. War is in the air. And in Berlin one woman is torn between love, loyalty and duty …
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 TimesRead more
August, 1938. Paris is a city living on its nerves and the threat of war hangs heavy as a distant thunderstorm on a summer's day.
A brilliant tale of spies and secrets, of intense psychological drama, of edgy climax and one extraordinary heroine.
Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred SummersRead more
All Winter I’ve been engaged in an intense, head-down finishing of my standalone novel, provisionally titled The Typewriter, much of it set around the Battle for Berlin in 1945. At last I’ve come up for air and I now have a busy Spring of bookshop events. The very talented David Young, author of the Karin Müller detective series, set in Cold War Germany, and I will be talking about Spies, Seduction, the SS and the Stasi, and the many ways in which Berlin inspires our fiction. There are a number of events to come, but the first are:
7pm, February 21st: The Pitshanger Bookshop,141 Pitshanger Lane, London, W5.
6.30pm, March 1st: Haslemere Bookshop, 2 Causewayside, High Street, Haslemere GU27 2JZ
7pm, March 7th: Warwick Books,24 Market Place, Warwick, Warwickshire CV34 4SL
April 19th: Crawley Wordfest, Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley
Do come along – it would be great to meet, talk and of course sign books!
And here’s where it all started – Winterfeldtstrasse 35 – Clara Vine’s Berlin apartment in Schöneberg as it looks today…