Further mysteries surface surrounding her husband’s death. Did the trustworthy Foreign Office employee betray government secrets? Was his murder linked to the death of a German embassy clerk the same night? And who searched their flat?
Her desire for answers and her need to support herself cause her to break away from the pampered life she’s known and take a job. But with the much-needed paycheck as a society reporter for a newspaper comes a secret secondary assignment—one that involves her in the increasingly dangerous world of European politics as the continent slides toward war.
Having a husband that worked for the Foreign Office has got to be stressful at the best of times. In London of the 1930's (with WWII on the horizon), it must have been worse. And then Olivia's husband dies one night, victim of a gunshot. Most of the 'powers that be' want to say it's a suicide, to avoid opening a national security can of worms.
Of course, Olivia will not accept this. She is a loyal wife, for one. For another thing, her husband's dominant hand was no longer fully functional, and he could not shoot a gun with that hand anymore. But who would have gone through all the trouble to make it seem like a suicide? Someone you probably did not want to mess with, that's for sure. But, of course, Olivia does.
But, Reggie had secrets. Some of them dealt with his work, and he could not share them with his wife, Olivia. And then some of them were more personal, but he did not share them with his wife. And while I understand Reggie's reason for his 'big secret', it was neither courteous nor gallant towards Olivia for him to keep her in the dark.
I have to 'doff my chapeau' to Olivia. When she finds out, she takes it a lot better than I would have. And the fact Reggie lies about it (by omission) pushes things pretty far towards the unforgivable for me. And the real kicker is that 'society' would judge her more harshly for 'receiving attention from another gentleman' so soon after her husband's death.
But I liked Olivia. I really did. Not only did she have the whole Reggie situation (his death and subsequently revealed secrets) to deal with, she stood up to her father and his expectations for her. Women of her social station were expected to get married and not work outside the home. Expectations for Olivia were that she would return to her father's household, be in official mourning for a year or so, and then find another husband. Well, Olivia and her father barely got along to begin with, and she didn't want to wade back into that mess, so she found herself a job at a newspaper, even getting involved with some 'going behind enemy lines' type off activities, for the best of reasons, of course.
And I'm ever so glad to hear that this is part of a series. It's hard to get enough of our favorite characters, and Olivia definitely ranks on my list. I can't wait to see what she gets up to next!
The first story in the series is Deadly Scandal, and she is hard at work on the sequel.
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