Hello there today on my book blog a reviewing of – BETRAYAL AT RAVENSWICK by Kelly Oliver-
#betrayalatravenswick, @tlcbooktours and @kellyoliverbook.
Publisher: Historia (March 10, 2020)
Paperback: 240 pages
What’s the best way to purge an unfaithful husband?
Become a spy for British Intelligence, of course.
Desperate to get out of London and determined to help the war effort, Fiona Figg volunteers to go undercover.
It keeps her from thinking about Andrew, her philandering husband.
At Ravenswick Abbey a charming South African war correspondent has tongues wagging.
His friends say he’s s a crack huntsman. The War Office is convinced heâ€™s a traitor. Fiona thinks he’s s a pompous prig.
What sort of name is Fredrick Fredricks anyway?
Too bad Fiona doesn’t own a Wolseley pith helmet. At Ravenswick a murderer is on the prowl, and its not just the big-game hunter who’s s ready to pounce.
Readerss Favorite Award for Best Historical Novel
#betrayalatravenswick, @tlcbooktours and @kellyoliverbook.
Thank you @kellyoliverbook and @tlcbooktours for gifting me this fun, entertaining series #TheBetrayalAtRavenswick and #HighTreasonAtTheGrandHotel
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers
Betrayal at Ravenswick by Kelly Oliver is the first installment in the Fiona Figg Mystery series. Set in 1916, in the midst of World War Fiona Figg is the head filing clerk at the War Office.
When Fiona Figg’s husband returned from war she soon discovers that he has been cheating on her with secretary of all people. Braving the backlash she keeps her held high and divorces him. Plunging herself, five months after marriage os dissolved, into an incredible opportunity for a new start.
Fearing that she might run into her ex and his new wife in London. When offered a job as a spy for British Intelligence she jumps at the chance.
The British intelligence is highly suspicious of a big game hunter and journalist, who is on his way to a Countess estate at Ravenwood Abbey.
Fiona is then sent to Ravenswick Abbey to spy on a South African war correspondent named Frederick Fredericks. Fiona cleverly disguising herself as a male physician and entering the countess household.
Kelly Oliver delivers quite the page turner of a cozy mystery. With a delightful heroine that easy to root for with her snarky attitude and quick wit. The atmospheric details were nicely done. The comic timing and dialogue was fresh and spot on. I was completely engaged as Kelly Oliver’s narration is seamless and carries through till the end.
Excited to to start the book in this delightful mystery series.
â€¢ Publisher: Historia (January 5, 2021)
â€¢ Paperback: 276 pages
Paris. 1917. Never underestimate the power of a good hatâ€¦ or a sharp hatpin.
Sent by the War Office to follow the notorious Black Panther, file clerk turned secret agent Fiona Figg is under strict orders not to get too close and not to wear any of her usual â€œget-ups.â€
But what self-respecting British spy can resist a good disguise?
Within hours of her arrival in Paris, Fiona is up to her fake eyebrows in missing maids, jewel thieves, double agents, and high treason.
When Fiona is found dressed as a bellboy holding a bloody paperknife over the body of a dead countess, itâ€™s not just her career thatâ€™s on the block.
Her next date might be with Madame Guillotine.
About Kelly Oliver
Kelly Oliver grew up in the Northwest, Montana, Idaho, and Washington states. Her maternal grandfather was a forest ranger committed to saving the trees, and her paternal grandfather was a logger hell bent on cutting them down. On both sides, her ancestors were some of the first settlers in Northern Idaho. In her own unlikely story, Kelly went from eating a steady diet of wild game shot by her dad to becoming a vegetarian while studying philosophy and pondering animal minds. Competing with peers whoâ€™d come from private schools and posh families â€œback East,â€ Kellyâ€™s working class backwoods grit has served her well. And much to her parentâ€™s surprise, sheâ€™s managed to feed and cloth herself as a professional philosopher.
When sheâ€™s not writing mysteries, Kelly Oliver is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. She earned her B.A. from Gonzaga University and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She is the author ofÂ thirteen scholarly books, ten anthologies, and overÂ 100 articles, including work on campus rape, reproductive technologies, women and the media, film noir, and Alfred Hitchcock. Her work has been translated into seven languages, and she has published an op-ed on loving our pets inÂ The New York Times. She has been interviewed on ABC television news, the Canadian Broadcasting Network, and various radio programs.
Kelly lives in Nashville with her husband, Benigno Trigo, and her furry family, Mischief and Mayhem.
Wednesday, January 6th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Thursday, January 7th: Staircase Wit
Friday, January 8th: Stranded in Chaos
Monday, January 11th: Instagram: @nurse_bookie
Tuesday, January 12th: Amy’s Book-et List
Wednesday, January 13th: Instagram: @kara.bookstagram
Thursday, January 14th: Instagram: @jill_chilland_read
Sunday, January 17th: Instagram: @neverthless_she_reads
Monday, January 18th: Books and Bindings
Tuesday, January 19th: Stacy’s Books
Wednesday, January 20th: Tamsterdam Reads
Friday, January 22nd: View from the Birdhouse
Monday, January 25th: Write – Read – Life
Tuesday, January 26th: Gwendalyn’s Books
Wednesday, January 27th: Instagram: @lyon.brit.andthebookshelf
Thursday, January 28th: bookchickdi
Friday, January 29th: A Bookish Affair
Monday, February 1st: Lit and Life