Season of Darkness

Season of Darkness

A Mystery

Book - 2011
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"Late summer, 1940: England is at war, still reeling from the disastrous defeat at Dunkirk. Nevertheless, law must prevail and Inspector Tom Tyler of the Shropshire Constabulary is on the hunt for a vicious killer..."--Cover.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2011
ISBN: 9780771043253
0771043252
Branch Call Number: MYS JENNI-M
Characteristics: 396 p. ; 23 cm

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StrangelyExuberant
Dec 29, 2018

Maureen Jennings created a small pocket in the English country side that you find yourself falling into as the pages turn. The novel highlights the reality of war on everyday life, the way regular people adapt to their changing environments and, reminds the reader about the enemies that are hiding in plain site in our midst. The thing about history and time periods is that we can only extrapolate so much to what life was like; in historical fiction we can get a real feel for a time by the creative developments of the author to create a world for us using historical events as a scaffold behind the story. The novel has a central circle of characters that are well rounded, a secondary circle that is developed but not as well rounded and the last circle are those that are more flat in nature. However, in this novel I found that the flatness was not a hindrance but rather a more life like aspect. This novel is exciting, keeps you guessing, and surprises you right at the end. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

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maipenrai
Nov 16, 2016

The first book in the D. I. Tom Tyler series

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paulsarkisian
Oct 06, 2015

I enjoyed reading "Season of Darkness". The setting of rural Shropshire in England during early WWII really glowed. I found myself liking and caring about Inspector Tom Tyler, and all the various characters. Jennings is very skillful with her cast of people in the midst of stressful new realities of their world. I got involved and stayed involved.

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IV27HUjg
Feb 26, 2015

A bit tedious & not too thrilling. Benign mystery I only liked for the landscape it is set, Shropshire the lovely.

CranbrookLibrary Feb 02, 2015

While the murder mystery is the vehicle for the plot, what makes this book, and the others in the series, is how it brings to life rural England during WWII. With interest in this era spiking due to 'The Imitation Game' and 'The Bletchley Circle', this series will satisfy readers who want more.

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meyoubou
Mar 02, 2013

Good solid writing and intriguing plot.

susankeene Apr 28, 2012

Much detail about psychological and interpersonal lives of charactors, to detriment of plot development. Nice detail on era: I had no idea there were adolescent girls recruited from London to do farm work during WWII. Visit this author again, yes, as long as I have a few sure bets along with it.

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JacquieM
Oct 23, 2011

One of her best so far.

* Alta Vista Sep 20, 2011

Maureen Jennings will read from Season of Darkness at the Alta Vista Library, 2516 Alta Vista Dr. on Sat Oct 29, 2011, 2:00-3:00. Don't miss this chance to meet the author!

debwalker Aug 31, 2011

A murdered Land Girl in the aftermath of Dunkirk, and the heart of darkness in an English village - looking forward to this one!

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