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The Spies of Shilling Lane
A Novel
By (author): Jennifer Ryan
Jennifer Ryan

Imprint:

Ballantine Books

ISBN:

9780525576501

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General / adult
Jun 02, 2020
$23.00 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8in x 5.14 x 0.78 in | 0.62 lb

Page Count:

400 pages
Ballantine
Ballantine Books
FICTION / Historical / World War II
From the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir comes a thrilling new WWII story about a village busybody—the mighty Mrs. Braithwaite—who resolves to find, and then rescue, her missing daughter

Mrs. Braithwaite, a middle-aged mother and divorcee, hasn’t been happy in a long time. She’s estranged from her daughter—who now lives in London—and was recently alienated by her small English village. In the midst of her frustration and despair, she decides she must travel to London to find Betty and share a secret she has kept from her for far too long. But when she arrives, Betty’s landlord, a fainthearted but endearing accountant named Mr. Norris, informs her that Betty is missing.

Among the chaos of the Blitz, Mrs. Braithwaite will need to gather her best amateur detective wits—and a very reluctant Mr. Norris—to find her dear daughter, who may be in danger. With the help of unexpected allies who become friends along the way, Mrs. Braithwaite and Mr. Norris ultimately come to trust each other and find the courage and ingenuity in order to save the day.

Story Locale: London, UK

Publication History: Crown HC (6/19)

THE PERFECT FOLLOW-UP TO CHILBURY: Jennifer Ryan has managed to pack all the charm, heart, and emotion that made Chilbury so beloved into a story that feels fresh.

MRS. BRAITHWAITE IS A PERFECT CHARACTER: She’s witty and engaging, reveals her secrets, and layers the reader with care and a bit of suspense. She’s not unlikable in her bristles and troubles, but real and resonant. As NPR.org said, Mrs. Braithwaithe is “bombastic, crashing, presumptuous and therefore [the] unlikeliest of spies,” but she “tells us there is redemption and forgiveness in the world, that people do learn from their mistakes and make amends. That mothers will stop at nothing, and that is why we both hate them and love them.”

RANDOM HOUSE READER’S CIRCLE SELECTION WITH BOOK CLUB GUIDE INSIDE: Book clubs will love the mystery storyline alongside the historical setting and extremely relatable mother-daughter relationship. Author Q&A and discussion questions included.

Jennifer Ryan is the author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir and lives in the Washington, DC, area with her husband and two children. Originally from Kent and then London, she was previously a nonfiction book editor.

Author Residence: Falls Church, VA

Author Hometown: Kent, UK

Marketing: Major book club outreach

Reading group guide online

Social media campaign

Random House e-newsletters



Author Website: www.jenniferryanbooks.com

Author Social Media: @JenniferiRyan

“[A] quick and delightful mystery.”The New York Times Book Review

“A crisp and energetic book…with a tight plot [that will] keep a reader gladly bouncing along.”—NPR

“Richly detailed…This tale swept me away!”First for Women

“With its eccentric, believable characters and plot of home front intrigue, this delightful drama will appeal to fans of Martha Hall Kelly.”Publishers Weekly

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