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First published in 2006, Jo Walton's Farthing was hailed as a masterpiece, a darkly romantic thriller set in an alternate postwar England sliding into fascism.

Eight years after they overthrew Churchill and led Britain into a separate peace with Hitler, the upper-crust families of the "Farthing set" are gathered for a weekend retreat. Among them is estranged Farthing scion Lucy Kahn, who can't understand why her and her husband David's presence was so forcefully requested. Then the country-house idyll is interrupted when the eminent Sir James Thirkie is found murdered--with a yellow Star of David pinned to his chest.

Lucy begins to realize that her Jewish husband is about to be framed for the crime--an outcome that would be convenient for altogether too many of the various political machinations underway in Parliament in the coming week. But whoever's behind the murder, and the frame-up, didn't reckon on the principal investigator from Scotland Yard being a man with very private reasons for sympathizing with outcasts and underdogs--and prone to look beyond the obvious as a result.

As the trap slowly shuts on Lucy and David, they begin to see a way out--a way fraught with peril in a darkening world.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2013, c2006
Edition: 1st trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780765323132
Branch Call Number: SF WAL
Characteristics: 316 p. ;,21 cm


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Mar 13, 2018

A fine alternative history novel, quick moving, two wonderful characters. Americans tend to glamorize war-time Britons; this book may rub off a bit of that gloss. They were not all Winston Churchill. Can't wait to read the two books which follow! Another fine read from Jo Walton.

Aug 02, 2017

A very enjoyable English country home murder mystery with the twist of an alternate history background. Possibly more enjoyable as the former, it doesn't dwell on the alternate history device as much as devotees of that genre might like. This is the first in a series of three books, but they each stand alone (but read this first if you are interested in the premise.)

Jul 15, 2014

Fascinating in concept, if not in execution; the character of Lucy is particularly problematic, with her affectations left over from childhood (from "Macedonians" to still calling her parents Mummy and Daddy), and the alternate history is certainly stronger than the police procedural. Nevertheless, a chilling look at the razor's edge civilization walks.

Sep 08, 2012

Alternate history. This mystery is the first of three parts. Quite well written.

Oct 23, 2010

Could not get past the first two chapters.

Jan 08, 2009

disturbing, 1st of three; a small mystery, murder & a really scary look at what might have been.

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Aug 02, 2017

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