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1933. War is in the air. And in Berlin one woman is torn between love, loyalty and duty …
Clara Vine is young and ambitious, and determined to succeed as an actress. A chance meeting at a party in London leads her to Berlin, to the famous Ufa studios and, unwittingly, into an uneasy circle of Nazi wives, among them Magda Goebbels.
Then Clara meets Leo Quinn who is undercover, working for British intelligence. Leo sees in Clara the perfect recruit to spy on her new acquaintances, using her acting skills to win their confidence.
But when Magda Goebbels reveals to Clara a dramatic secret and entrusts her with an extraordinary mission, Clara feels threatened, compromised and desperately caught between duty and love.
Black Roses is the first in a series of novels featuring the actress/agent Clara Vine. It was a number one bestseller in the Amazon kindle historical fiction chart.
The perfect fusion of history, suspense and high romance....the pace is relentless, the background brilliantly evoked and the sex gorgeously spiced with danger.
It was a clever idea to hone in on the Nazi wives and girlfriends, and the crosscurrents and dangers of the build-up to war are established with expertise and not a little menace. Terrific.
Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times
An exciting story and a subtle, original portrait of the early days of the Third Reich . . . Jane Thynne's smooth writing, sensitive understanding of the era and sharp observations combine into an excellent historical thriller. Good news: it's the first of a planned trilogy. I'm eager for the next.
Jessica Mann, Literary Review
Thynne’s thriller is strong on the city’s paranoia, and its exploration of the Third Reich’s bizarre attitude to women gives it an original take on Nazi Germany
Mail on Sunday
Espionage writing at its best, tense and vivid by turns... in Clara she has created an impressive character who, confronted by a harsher world than she knew, learns to meet and cope with its challenges. Black Roses is a compelling and well-written book, recreating a convincing picture of German civilian, artistic and political life of the time, with its undercurrents of menace and brutality, overshadowed by increasing anti-Semitism.
Ross Southernwood, The Age
Most enjoyable first instalment of a planned trilogy featuring likeable English actress Clara Vine who goes to Berlin in 1933 to find word at the Ufa Studios and is drawn into dangerous company. The great cast of real life characters includes Magda Goebbels. Jane Thynne is married to Philip Kerr whose excellent Berlin Noir novels cover the same period. Tempting to imagine them scribbling away side by side…