The Amber Shadows

Lucy Ribchester. Pegasus Crime, $25.95 (464p) ISBN 978-1-68177-448-0
Honey Deschamps, the heroine of this richly imagined WWII-era thriller from Ribchester (The Hourglass Factory), serves the war effort by typing decrypted German messages at England’s Bletchley Park. Walking in the blackout one night, she’s startled to encounter a stranger, Felix Plaidstow, who hands her a package he says was misdelivered to his intelligence unit at Bletchley. The parcel, postmarked in Nazi-controlled Leningrad and holding pieces of amber marked with mysterious letters, is followed by similar mailings. Honey is baffled until she thinks of her artistic Russian father, Ivan Korichnev, who left the family just before she was born and whom she knows about only from her brother, Dickie. Ivan became the curator of the Catherine Palace, whose Amber Room has been looted by the Nazis. Is he reaching out, or are Bletchley authorities testing her? When Dickie is murdered and Honey’s attraction to Felix deepens, Honey must disentangle love from danger, falsity from truth. Ribchester movingly reflects on trust, illusion, and the stories that connect us to our pasts. Agent: David Forrer, Inkwell Management. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/19/2017
Release date: 08/08/2017
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 464 pages - 978-1-4711-3928-4
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