The Ways of the World by Robert Goddard

bookshelves: winter-20142015, hardback, giftee, published-2013, mystery-thriller, tbr-busting-2015, surrey, epsom, paris, wwi, spies, long-weekend, author-love

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Mimal
Read from January 24 to 31, 2015
Description: 1919. Paris. Double crosses and triple twists. British diplomat Sir Henry Maxted falls from the roof of his mistress’ apartment block in mysterious circumstances, and fellow delegates’ first instinct is to sanitize. But his son, Royal Flying Corps ace James ‘Max’ Maxted, wants the truth. In a crossroads of history of high stakes, Max soon needs friends.

Opening: THEY COULD IGNORE THE TELEPHONE: THAT WAS ONE OF the unwritten clauses of the Armistice. No telephone would have rung unanswered for long at the squadron base in France where their paths had first crossed in the summer of 1915,

The first twenty odd pages are downright boring, and that is with me liking the Epsom factor, the Versailles conference, and this author. Yet by page thirty I was immersed.

This is a thinking man’s thriller, there are some bouts of action, yet for the most it is about subtlety seasoned with some gentle satire; take this comment from page 292:

“If I allowed the French to take [him] into custody, I’d be reading a Figaro editorial alleging our delegation was a nest of spies before the week was out. And by next week the work of the delegation would have disintegrated in the face of a Daily Mail orchestrated witch-hunt.”


So a recap – it started out as boring cannon fodder; the main part of the book was increasingly interesting, then by (specifically pages 301/301) the later part of the book my heart was thumping in my chest. I detect a conspiracy theory that will not be resolved until the very last sentence of the very last footnote of book three, ::SCREAM::

Whatever happens – I damn you, Ashley!

Bring on the next!

5* In Pale Battalions
3* Into the Blue
5* Past Caring
4* Caught in the Light
3* Never Go Back
3* Sight Unseen
3* Borrowed Time
3* Hand in Glove
4* Set In Stone
1* Found Wanting (it was!)
2* Name to a Face
4* Painting the Darkness
1* Dying to Tell
3* Play to the End
3* Out of the Sun
3* Days Without Number
4* Take No Farewell
2* Closed Circle
3* Sea Change
3* The Ways of the World (The Wide World Trilogy #1)


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