November, 1920 -- Kent, England: The Great War is over. A quiet has settled on the world, but one undercut by the turbulence just past. Laurence Bartram lived through the War and personal devastations, and now is no longer involved in the life of the times. But a letter from an old love arrives, asking his help in coming to terms with the death of her brother- another officer who survived the conflict but who has died in a veterans' hospital. Laurence allies with Charles, his friend who has studied all manner of mystery tales, and they set out to see what might develop.
This is the first novel by Elizabeth Speller, but it seems to tap into the energy of the times- a lull some have called the last breath of innocence for the world, before the next great conflict and before we all tumbled into our own modern state. "Haunting and beautifully written." "...fabulously enjoyable..." "A remarkable piece of storytelling." Blurbs from the back cover, but they are enough to make we want to turn to page 1. Thoughts?