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The spies of Shilling Lane / Jennifer Ryan.

Ryan, Jennifer (Jennifer L.), author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library RYA (Text) 33500013075213 New Checked out 08/13/2019
Fertile Public Library RYA (Text) 33500013075221 New Available -
Warroad Public Library RYA (Text) 35500006180598 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525576495
  • ISBN: 0525576495
  • Physical Description: 355 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown, [2019]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "Mrs. Braithwaite, self-appointed queen of her English village, finds herself dethroned, despised, and dismissed following her husband’s selfish divorce petition. Never deterred, the threat of a family secret being revealed sets her hot-foot to London to find the only person she has left—her clever daughter Betty, who took work there at the first rumbles of war. But when she arrives, Betty’s landlord, the timid Mr. Norris, informs her that Betty hasn’t been home in days--with the chaos of the bombs, there’s no telling what might have befallen her. Aghast, Mrs. Braithwaite sets her bullish determination to the task of finding her only daughter. Storming into the London Blitz, Mrs. Braithwaite drags the reluctant Mr. Norris along as an unwitting sidekick as they piece together Betty’s unexpectedly chaotic life. As she is thrown into the midst of danger and death, Mrs. Braithwaite is forced to rethink her old-fashioned notions of status, class, and reputation, and to reconsider the question that’s been puzzling her since her world overturned: How do you measure the success of your life?" -- Amazon.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #1
    *Starred Review* War changes people, says one of the characters in the latest from Ryan (The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, 2017), and that's certainly true for Mrs. Braithwaite. Following her humiliating divorce and subsequent ouster from her position as head of the village Women's Voluntary Society, she takes off for London to find her estranged daughter, Betty. When she arrives at Betty's boarding house in Shilling Lane, however, Betty is nowhere to be found. Mrs. Braithwaite bullies the landlord, Mr. Norris, into helping her search for her daughter, never mind that Mr. Norris lacks oomph. Betty works for MI5, and once she gets over her surprise that it's her mother who rescues her from the clutches of British fascists, mother (with Mr. Norris' increasingly effective assistance) and daughter play cat and mouse with Nazi sympathizers and double agents. Along the way, Mrs. Braithwaite learns lessons about the true measure of success. Even with sometimes-vivid descriptions of the horrors of the blitz, there is a good deal of fun in this cozy caper, and fans of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir will eat it up. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

JENNIFER RYAN is the author of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir and lives in the Washington, DC, area with her husband and two children. Originally from Kent and then London, she was previously a nonfiction book editor.

Subject: Missing persons > Fiction.
Secrecy > Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > England > Fiction.
London (England) > History > Bombardment, 1940-1941 > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Historical fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
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