Blood Moon Over Britain
Cicely Winterbourne is working at Bletchley Park in 1942 when two men she works with seem to commit suicide. She has her doubts that they truly are suicides, as does a member of Special Branch who comes to investigate one of the deaths. Cicely is beautiful, accomplished, and strong. Alistair Fielding is a handsome and dashing war hero and has a lovely Scottish accent. They feel an attraction almost immediately. However, it is complicated by the unknown persons who seem to be on Cecily’s trail, and on their trail once they team up to dash away from London. You see, code breaking has suffered a setback as the Germans added another rotor to their encryption machine, and Cicely seems to be involved somehow. Add to this unusual characters (a flat mate named Monetary, an 86-year-old woman they meet on a train who spins yarn from her two Angora bunnies, a mysterious man of Greek extraction), lots of action, lots of ’40s slang (there is a glossary at the end of the book), vivid descriptions of wartime privations and conditions, and some really bad guys and you get a book that draws you in if you aren’t too concerned about well developed, rather than stereotypical, characters.