A Prince and a Spy by Rory Clements

Format: Hardback

Published by: Zaffre Books

One of the best Historical Thriller series of recent years


In Sweden Two old friends meet. They are cousins, one is Prince George, Duke of Kent, the other Prince Philipp Von Hesse a committed Nazi and close friend of Adolph Hitler.

Days later Prince George is killed in a plane crash in the North of Scotland. The official story is that is was an accident – but not everyone is convinced.

There is even a suggestion that the Duke’s plane was sabotaged, but with no evidence, Cambridge spy Tom Wilde is sent North to discover the truth…

My Thoughts:

This is a wonderful blend of fact combined with superbly written fiction. I have had the pleasure to read all the books so far in the series, and it just keeps on going from strength to strength,

This was not a subject matter that I was familiar with, however this does not detract in any way as the author cleverly interweaves a plot of intrigue and mystery, along with suspense and tension filled drama.

Maybe unlike the other books in the series you get a sense that Tom is out on his own trying to survive and to some extent out of his depth, knowing that the truth maybe critical to both sides in the war and that maybe your closest allies can’t be trusted.

The plot moves seamlessly between Cambridge, Scotland, London and Sweden each location brought to life on the page to portray a vivid and stark reminder of war time Britain, the author has a knack for casting the suspicion of doubt over the main characters and just who can you trust, be prepared to undertake a journey filled with twists and turns as Tom Wilde tries to uncover the truth and just who he can trust, a story that will even bring his own relationship with Lydia (the mother of his child) into question.

Character wise we see the welcome return of old favourites to add some familiarity, blended with a welcome array of new characters in particular Harriet Hartwell fearless and unflinching but can she be trusted and can Tom trust himself in her company, in some ways whilst this is a thriller with a great plot-line it is also character driven such are they brought to life on the page.

Whilst the fifth book in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone, however I think you would soon be devouring the rest.

The author has added all the elements which go into a thriller guaranteed to keep the reader enthralled and hooked, the ending when it comes is satisfying and dramatic but also leaves you knowing there is more.

There is clearly a great deal of research which goes into the book and I particularly enjoyed the notes at the end of the book.

Overall this is a wonderfully satisfying and compelling read

As Historical spy thrillers go this is up there with the best, and comes highly recommended


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