The Scent Of Secrets

The Scent Of Secrets

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Book - 2015
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"Set in Europe, in 1938, during the tense run-up to war, and perfect for fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Charles Todd, Robert Harris, and Susan Elia MacNeal, this gripping historical novel features the half-British, half-German actress (and wholly covert spy) Clara Vine, who finds herself enmeshed in a dangerous game of subterfuge. The colorful, lively streets of Paris come as a welcome relief to Clara Vine after the dour countenance of Berlin, where bunkers and bomb shelters are being dug, soldiers march the streets in their high boots, and Jewish residents rush to make it home before curfew. Though Clara is in Paris to make a film, her true work is never far from her mind. Approached by a British intelligence officer, Clara is initially confounded by his request: Get close to Eva Braun and glean as much as she can about the Fuhrer's plans and intentions. Clara has already established friendships with several high-ranking Nazi wives, but Eva Braun is another matter altogether. Hitler keeps his "secret" girlfriend obsessively hidden, fiercely guarding their relationship as well as Eva's delicate psychological state. From the gilded halls of the decadent City of Light to the cobbled, quaint streets of Munich, and even to the chilling, rarefied air of the Berghof, Hitler's private mountaintop retreat, Clara flirts with discovery at every turn--and a dangerous, devious plot unfolds. Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more"--
"Clara Vine, a half-Jewish Anglo-German, uses her unique access to the upper echelons of pre-war Nazi society to spy for her native Britain. The novel richly fuses fact and fiction with a cast of real Nazis and their British admirers, such as the Mitford sisters and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Clara Vine, through her friendship with Eva Braun, finds herself enmeshed in a plot to assassinate Hitler"--
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780553393903
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: xvii, 422 pages ;,21 cm


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Sep 09, 2018

The Scent of Secrets is the THIRD, not the first, book of the Clara Vine Series.
There are five books:
BOOK 1 - Black Roses (set in 1933)
BOOK 2 - Woman in the Shadows (1937)
BOOK 3 - The Scent of Secrets (1938)
BOOK 4 - The Pursuit of Pearls (1939)
BOOK 5 - Solitaire (1940)

May 25, 2017

In Clara Vine's third outing, Germany is on the brink of war in August 1938. After returning from a film job in Paris, Clara's godson Erich and his grandmother have just gotten back from a Strength through Joy cruise on the Wilhelm Gustloff. Erich asks Clara to look into the disappearance of a young woman passenger from the ship. As Clara navigates the treacherous social set of the Nazi hierarchy, her quest leads her to Eva Braun and the "diary" that others are also looking for. The author deftly ties up all the loose end at the end of the book. One of the most fascinating aspect of the Clara Vine novels are the in-depth look at women and children's lives in the Third Reich.

Nov 13, 2016

The third book in the Clara Vine series


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