The other day I chanced upon a newly published paperback version of the book THE PURSUIT OF PEARLS by Jane Thynne. It’s an espionage/mystery novel set during World War II and, as I am a lover of World War II books, I was pleased with how well-researched this one was.
I was also happy to see it’s one of a series, but where has the rest of this particular series been? This is one I would have been reading from the start if only I’d found one of the books sooner.
The books are about a Berlin actress named Clara Vine. She works at UFA Film Studios, officially, but, since she’s half-German and half-British, and she’s also spying on the Germans for the Brits. Her stardom provides her with entrée into the upper echelons of the Nazis. Without giving you any spoilers, the book, set in the Spring of 1939, concerns a young girl Clara knows from the studio who is found murdered, Clara’s desire to solve the case, get info on the Nazis for the Brits, and more.
What’s funny is that, as I was reading it, I started to think, “This is as well-done as Philip Kerr’s books, also set in Berlin during the same time period.” What happened when I reached the end? I found out that author Jane Thynne is married to…author Philip Kerr!
Bravo to them both for creating such terrific series!
Here’s one of Philip Kerr’s latest books, Prague Fatale, in his series about Berlin detective Bernie Gunther: