Angels in the Gloom
In March 1916, Joseph Reavley is still at the front, at Ypres, as is Judith, now an ambulance driver. By the time Joseph returns to the family home in tranquil Cambridgeshire, rumours of spies and traitors are rampant. And when the savagely brutalised body of a brilliant weapons scientist is found, it must be suspected that the Peacemaker has been at work...again.
- "This powerful and intense third novel in Perry's WWI series (after 2004's Shoulder the Sky) continues the Reavley family's anguished search for the "Peacemaker," a shadowy figure responsible for their parents' murders two years earlier, and now intent on Anglo-German world domination as a means toward world peace. After Chaplain Joseph Reavley is badly wounded in Flanders attempting to rescue fellow Brits under fire, he returns home to bucolic St. Giles for rehabilitation, but finds the village consumed by issues raised by the war. Perry's deeply held antiwar feelings are again apparent in this moving story in which "the searing scarlet of grief" destroys families of loved ones lost in the service, and the local vicar questions fundamental beliefs in the wake of mounting casualties. When Theo Blaine, a scientist working on a secret weapon to end the war, is mysteriously slain, the town is torn apart by fears of a spy in their midst. Joseph's brother, Matthew, an intelligence expert, must work with seductive Irish double agent Detta Hannassey to determine the extent of Germany's knowledge of Britain's war strategies, despite his revulsion for her duplicity. A climactic U-boat hunt and naval battle conclude this stirring work." Publishers Weekly (starred review),
- "The characters, familiar now after two books, grow stronger and richer here, as Perry illuminates the emotional and physical character of war and asks the inevitable question: At what cost peace?" Booklist,
- "Perry stirs your conscience as well as your soul." Northern Echo,
- "Engaging and thought-provoking, this novel…is an incisive study of the ethics of politics and morality in war-time, with a thrilling narrative pace – intriguing, with a great moral scope. It is a terrific piece of writing." The Lady,
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