Betrayal at Ravenswick is a historical mystery novel that delves into the newly divorced, Miss Fiona Figg as she goes undercover for the War Office to undercover a suspected German spy during WWI in London.
I really liked Fiona’s character. She was a woman who had to overcome the sense of distrust from a cheating husband and make her way in the male dominated world of war efforts espionage in an age where suffragists were speaking up.
I especially loved reading about when Fiona provided nursing support at the local hospital by caring for the wounded and dying. The emotions that stirred within me when she stayed with a person she stumbled across at the hospital, while they took their last breath kept me entralled
However, there were a lot of details or happenings that made me lose a bit of attention such as the conversations Fiona had with Lady Mary Elliott and Captain Douglas. They felt too much like an unnecessary filler, but did provide a few clues towards who the true killer of the Countess was. I’m also intrigued to find out if something becomes of Fiona and the colleague spy, Archie in the next novel as I’m always a sucker for a good love story!
Wanting more of Fiona? Be sure to check out the newly released second book of the Fiona Figg Mysteries series, High Treason at the Grand Hotel.
What’s the best way to purge an unfaithful husband?
Become a spy for British Intelligence, of course.
Desperate to get out of London and determined to help the war effort, Fiona Figg volunteers to go undercover.
It keeps her from thinking about Andrew, her philandering husband.
At Ravenswick Abbey a charming South African war correspondent has tongues wagging.
His friends say he’s a crack huntsman. The War Office is convinced he’s a traitor. Fiona thinks he’s a pompous prig.
What sort of name is Fredrick Fredricks anyway?
Too bad Fiona doesn’t own a Wolseley pith helmet. At Ravenswick a murderer is on the prowl, and it’s not just the big-game hunter who’s ready to pounce.
Reader’s Favorite Award for Best Historical Novel
Kelly Oliver grew up in the Northwest, Montana, Idaho, and Washington states. Her maternal grandfather was a forest ranger committed to saving the trees, and her paternal grandfather was a logger hell bent on cutting them down. On both sides, her ancestors were some of the first settlers in Northern Idaho. In her own unlikely story, Kelly went from eating a steady diet of wild game shot by her dad to becoming a vegetarian while studying philosophy and pondering animal minds. Competing with peers who’d come from private schools and posh families “back East,” Kelly’s working class backwoods grit has served her well. And much to her parent’s surprise, she’s managed to feed and clothe herself as a professional philosopher.
When she’s not writing mysteries, Kelly Oliver is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. She earned her B.A. from Gonzaga University and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She is the author of thirteen scholarly books, ten anthologies, and over 100 articles, including work on campus rape, reproductive technologies, women and the media, film noir, and Alfred Hitchcock. Her work has been translated into seven languages, and she has published an op-ed on loving our pets in The New York Times. She has been interviewed on ABC television news, the Canadian Broadcasting Network, and various radio programs.
Kelly lives in Nashville with her husband, Benigno Trigo, and her furry family, Mischief and Mayhem. Find out more about Kelly at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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