Ms. Bowen builds the wartime atmosphere very realistically, from food shortages to stately homes overrun with soldiers. While Londoners were condemned to poor food on rations, those in the Kentish countryside with kitchen gardens and animals fared better. The situation of Farleigh Place was similar to that experienced by places such as Blenheim Palace: soldiers everywhere and houses sacked. Ms. Bowen’s lovely writing also brings the countryside to vibrant life. Above all, I enjoyed the taut tension she creates in an otherwise quiet leisurely mystery.
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