Monday, 25 May 2020

Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees




Germany, 1946
A reluctant spy is born…

‘Remarkable … You won’t want to put it down’ bestselling author Carol Drinkwater
An ordinary woman. A book of recipes. The perfect cover for spying…
Sent to Germany in the chaotic aftermath of World War II, Edith Graham is finally getting the chance to do her bit. Having taught at a girls’ school during the conflict, she leaps at the opportunity to escape an ordinary life – but Edith is not everything she seems to be.
Under the guise of her innocent cover story, Edith has been recruited to root out Nazis who are trying to escape prosecution. Secretly, she is sending coding messages back to the UK, hidden inside innocuous recipes sent to a friend – after all, who would expect notes on sauerkraut to contain the clues that would crack a criminal underground network?
But the closer she gets to the truth, the muddier the line becomes between good and evil. In a dangerous world of shifting loyalties, when the enemy wears the face of a friend, who do you trust?





I have just finished this book and I’m in floods of tears. Edith Graham has spent WWII teaching children in England but when the war is over she takes a job in Germany starting up schools for the children.
Her second cousin Leo who she is close to then recruits her to help find her old German boyfriend Kurt who became a member of the SS. Edith agrees but Leo isn’t  the only one who needs her help, Other people want Kurt too but for different reasons.
The cookbook part of the story refers to the coded recipes Edith sent back to her friend Dori, who was also involved in finding Kurt.

I read a lot of books set in WWII but I think this is the first one I have read which deals with the aftermath of the war in Germany, The book showed that the ordinary people on the streets are always the ones who suffer the most in wars.  Some of the chapters tell of the horrific atrocities which took place in Germany. It is heartbreaking to read.
I liked the the descriptions of the settings, the hotels and the people. The characters were well written and I’ll miss Edith,Dori, Adeline , Jack and Harry but sometimes I didn’t know who to trust or who Edith could trust.
It taught me a lot too and this is what I like about this book. Also the fact that my heart was beating faster and faster throughout as Edith seemed to be always in danger.
The ending was genius!  Particularly the description of  the way one of the characters dresses, but I can’t give away who or why. I even went back and read the first chapter again to remind myself of the tie in with the end.
I will now  have to have a glass of wine, dry my tears and recover  before I  pick my next read.

Out now for kindle,paperback and hardback Here

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Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees

Germany, 1946 A reluctant spy is born… ‘Remarkable … You won’t want to put it down’ bestselling author Carol Drinkwater An ordinar...