The Spies of Shilling Lane

By Jennifer Ryan

From the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir comes a thrilling new World War II tale of a village busybody–the mighty Mrs. Braithwaite–who resolves to find, and then rescue, her missing daughter.


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Mrs. Braithwaite, the self-appointed queen of her English village, finds herself dethroned, despised, and dismissed at the age of fifty following her husband’s selfish divorce petition. And, to make matters worse, a family secret is now at risk of being revealed. Undeterred, she sets off hotfoot to London to find the only person she has left–he clever daughter, Betty, who took there at the first rumbles of war.

But when she arrives, Betty’s landlord, the timid Mr. Norris, informs her that Betty hasn’t been home in days–and with the chaos of the bombs, there’s no telling what might have befallen her. Aghast, Mrs. Braithwaite turns her bullish determination to the task of rescuing her only daughter.

Storming into the Blitz, Mrs. Braithwaite drags along the reluctant Mr. Norris as an unwitting sidekick as they piece together Betty’s unexpectedly chaotic life. As Mrs. Braithwaite is thrown into the midst of danger and death, she is forced to rethink her old-fashioned notions of status, class, and reputation and to reconsider the question that’s been puzzling her since her world was overturned: How do you measure the success of your life?

Category: Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction sku: 9780525576495

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Weight 21.75 oz
Dimensions 9.75 × 6.5 × 1.5 in