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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  52,723 ratings  ·  3,033 reviews
World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance ...more
Kindle Edition, 397 pages
Published March 1st 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
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'In Farleigh Field' tells the story of several characters in England in the midst of WWII. As the brutal war continues in Europe, each member of a group of friends plays a pivotal role in the war effort, while remaining largely unaware of the role that each of them are playing. Friendships are tested. Emotions and betrayals run deep. Many hard lessons are learned.

Of all the characters, Ben and Pamela were my favorites. Ben was the "nice guy" that is friend-zoned. He has always loved Pamela, but
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Feb 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2017
Right, In Farleigh Field looked really intriguing. I love the cover and I was looking forward to reading it since a historical mystery is a favorite of mine. However, as my rating indicate did I not enjoy this book very much and I will list the reasons for it below.

1. Predictability - Whether it be the story or the characters did this feel like everything was following a guidebook on how to write a book for dummies. Sorry, I kept on going through the book because I wanted answers to the dead pa
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
In 1941 there is great concern in England about the war and likelihood of a German invasion. Farleigh Place is currently being used by British armed forces for its’ headquarters during WW II. Roderick Sutton, The Earl of Westerham, owns Farleigh Place and lives their with his wife and five daughters. One morning, Phoebe, the youngest of Roderick Sutton’s daughters, discovers a dead body attached to a parachute while horseback riding on her parents estate. The body was found in a British uniform ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This isn't serious historical fiction, but it's a jolly good mystery. A possible German spy falls to his death on the grounds of Farleigh when his parachute fails to open. There are several investigations into the man's possible purpose, from a family friend who works for MI5 to a pair of twelve year olds who found the body.
But as with good historical fiction, I found I learned several things about England during WWII, including the existence of the New British Broadcasting Corporation.
This wo
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019
I seem to have read a lot of Rhys Bowen books lately, mostly from her Molly Murphy series which I do enjoy. In Farleigh Field is a stand alone novel set during WW2 in England.

In 1941 concerns that Germany was going to invade Britain were running high and there were members of the public who thought that invasion would be a good thing as it would put an end to the fighting and the slaughter of their young men. As a result whilst the real fighting went on in the air and at sea another kind of unde
Cindy Burnett
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing

4.5 stars

Rhys Bowen’s Her Royal Spyness series is so much fun to read, and I read the newest book in the series as soon as it comes out. Accordingly, I was so excited to learn she had written a stand-alone novel that takes place during World War 2 (which is one of my favorite eras). Bowen did not disappoint – In Farleigh Field was a delight from beginning to end. I hesitated slightly when I first opened the novel because she includes a list of all of the characters upfront. I have generally fou
Kim Kaso
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable, undemanding book to read, perfect for lying in bed with a virus. Entertaining mix of English aristocracy and WW II spy games. Not a great book, but a fun one, and just what I needed. Recommended.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I’m beginning to realize that I’m a bigger fan of historical fiction than I first thought, there’s something about the way it sweeps me away to a different time that really appeals to me and I truly enjoyed being whisked away to 1940’s England while reading In Farleigh Field.

I was a bit apprehensive when the book opened with a comprehensive list of the cast of characters. It was long and though I love an ensemble cast, I was worried that ther
Rhonda Ruff
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a good story! If one more person said cricky though. ;) I had a hard time getting into it at first but i felt it picked up so i kept going I ended up liking it more than it thought i would
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
4,25 stars -English Ebook 🌸🌸🌸🌸 review follows later
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
3 stars

September 1939
From: His Majesty's Government
To: Civilian Population of Great Britain

For the duration of the war, the following Seven Rules are to be observed at all times.
1. Do not waste food.
2. Do not talk to strangers.
3. Keep all information to yourself.
4. Always listen to government instructions and carry them out.
5. Report anything suspicious to the police.
6. Do not spread rumours.
7. Lock away anything that might help the enemy if we are invaded.

Farleigh Place is the ancestral home to
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I believe this book was one of the free kindle books that Amazon Prime members have access to. I have quite a few of them stacked up in my electronic TBR pile and this was the first one I dove into. I’m… not impressed. Maybe there’s a reason it was free? I hope the others are better than this one. This book is aggressively mediocre. It is so middle of the road that it refuses to go places that might take it somewhere interesting. The villains are exactly who you think they are, the characters do ...more
Lewis Weinstein
On the positive side, there was enough here to keep my interest and I finished the book. On the other hand, I thought there were too many partially developed characters and too many loosely resolved details. The ending seemed to be rushed and not well set up by the preceding chapters.
This is the first stand alone Rhys Bowen story I have read outside of her wonderful series, Her Royal Spyness. I enjoyed the historical fiction in this cloak and dagger mystery, but missed the humor and witty banter of her series.
Rhys Bowen has penned an entertaining World War II mystery with In Farleigh Field. Taking a look at relatively average people, in this case Lady Pamela Westerham and a vicar’s son, Ben Cresswell, this story covers their covert work with MI5 and code-breaking at Bletchley Park. From dank living conditions to missions they cannot share with even their closest relatives, the story gives a close up view of what it might have been like to serve in lowly but classified positions during the war, as wel ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
It seemed unfinished, like the last couple of chapters are an afterthought the author threw together just to be done with the book.
Elizabeth Camden
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wanted to like this more than I did.....while I loved the premise (WWII code-breakers, spies, and aristocrats!) I felt like it came together too simplistically at the end. Still, it was an engaging read, but more of a "beach read" then powerful historical novel.
This book was an enjoyable read with great character and a storyline that interested me to the end. I found the over all plot slightly predictable but there was a few twist and turns that made up for that. A sound enjoyable read that had enough depth to keep me reading, 4 Stars!
Laurien Berenson
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm a fan of Rhys Bowen's mystery series but this takes her writing to a whole new level. I loved everything about this book, and I hope she is planning to write a sequel (soon!)
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Farleigh Field turned out to be a very different read to what I had been anticipating. There is absolutely nothing wrong when such a thing happens, though, especially when I come to have a lot of fun with the book.

Most World War Two books I have read in the past have been of the high-octane, endless action variety. They pull you in from the start and every moment is filled with tension and suspense. Whilst In Farleigh Field takes a number of aspects from such books – spies, double agents, que
RoseMary Achey
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
A highly enjoyable historical mystery taking place in England during WWII. The war is bringing rapid change to Lord Westerham and his family living in their ancestral home of Farleigh Place an hour outside of London. The fear of German spies infiltrating their small community is ever present and when a soldier falls to his death on Farleigh Field during a failed parachute jump, questions begin as to the soldiers true intent.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ww2
3.5* This was an easy light read, quite entertaining, but nothing of historical interest. The plot was a bit far fetched and I felt the ending was rushed.
Victoria Thompson
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great read from Rhys Bowen.

A great adventure back in time with characters you'll love. No wonder this book has been nominated for so many a wards.
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Actual rating about 3.5 stars.
Susan in NC
DNF - I very much enjoy Bowen's Royal Spyness series, and have read almost all of them, so I was looking forward to a new series.

Unfortunately this failed to hold my interest- I only got a third of the way through and realized I was pretty sure who the "bad guys" were, so I jumped to the last three chapters and realized I was right. I will probably pick this up again at some point and read the rest of the book, because I like several of the secondary characters and Ben, but Pamela and Jeremy lef
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
A very enjoyable historical novel set in WWII around the time of the Blitz. There are Army billeted in a large house, an aristocratic family of five daughters, a vicar's son, RAF pilots, Gestapo, etc.

The story is very solid, but - like other reviewers - I did find it predictable. I usually never guess the culprit - but I did in this case.

It was a lot of fun and a nice cozy way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
May 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, reviewed
With the Enemy right in sight,
And with thighs clutched together tight,
Nancy "Pammy" Drew
Ends WW2
Then teas with Churchill, all is right.
Wendy J.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
At the outset I would have rated the book three stars, but it improved to four over the course of the novel. My initial dislike was because of the characters. I would think that the author, being British herself, would be embarrassed to portray the English as such dithering idiots. She has every stock character -- the blustering Lord, his simpering wife, the vapid daughters, the reckless bad boy. The lower class isn't spared, either -- they are mainly portrayed as "thick as bricks."

War with Ger
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I do love me some historical fiction when it's been done well and despite some minor things, this was done well. From the description, I was a little worried the book would focus too much on romance but that was fortunately not the case.

World War II has come to Farleigh Place and affects everyone, whether they like it or not. Lord Westerham can't help but complain about the lack of decent food and petrol. His wife seems to have the uncanny ability to pretend nothing has changed at all. Unbeknown
A historical suspense set in WWII Britain and Paris was just the nudge I needed to finally pick up this standalone book from an author I've been meaning to try for ages. It was a multi-faceted piece of cozy country village, intense Paris intrigue, glitzy wartorn London and spies, and a subtle swirling danger that leaped into action for a splendid finish.

In Farleigh Field introduces an engaging cast of characters and an expansive espionage plot set during the WWII era. It is a combo of Town and C
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