The spies of Shilling Lane : a novel / Jennifer Ryan.

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      First edition.
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      Summary: "Mrs. Braithwaite, self-appointed queen of her English village, finds herself dethroned, despised, and dismissed following her husband's selfish divorce petition. Never deterred, the threat of a family secret being revealed sets her hot-foot to London to find the only person she has left--her clever daughter Betty, who took work there at the first rumbles of war. But when she arrives, Betty's landlord, the timid Mr. Norris, informs her that Betty hasn't been home in days--with the chaos of the bombs, there's no telling what might have befallen her. Aghast, Mrs. Braithwaite sets her bullish determination to the task of finding her only daughter. Storming into the London Blitz, Mrs. Braithwaite drags the reluctant Mr. Norris along as an unwitting sidekick as they piece together Betty's unexpectedly chaotic life. As she is thrown into the midst of danger and death, Mrs. Braithwaite is forced to rethink her old-fashioned notions of status, class, and reputation, and to reconsider the question that's been puzzling her since her world overturned: How do you measure the success of your life?"--Publisher description.
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      RYAN, J. The spies of Shilling Lane : a novel. First edition. [s. l.]: Crown, 2019. ISBN 9780525576495. Disponível em: Acesso em: 7 ago. 2020.
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      Ryan J. The Spies of Shilling Lane : A Novel. First edition. Crown; 2019. Accessed August 7, 2020.
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      Ryan, J. (2019). The spies of Shilling Lane : a novel (First edition.). Crown.
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      Ryan, Jennifer. 2019. The Spies of Shilling Lane : A Novel. First edition. Crown.
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      Ryan, J. (2019) The spies of Shilling Lane : a novel. First edition. Crown. Available at: (Accessed: 7 August 2020).
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      Ryan, J 2019, The spies of Shilling Lane : a novel, First edition., Crown, viewed 7 August 2020, .
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      Ryan, Jennifer. The Spies of Shilling Lane : A Novel. First edition., Crown, 2019. EBSCOhost,
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      Ryan, Jennifer. The Spies of Shilling Lane : A Novel. First edition. Crown, 2019.
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      Ryan J. The spies of Shilling Lane : a novel [Internet]. First edition. Crown; 2019 [cited 2020 Aug 7]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 May #1

*Starred Review* War changes people, says one of the characters in the latest from Ryan (The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, 2017), and that's certainly true for Mrs. Braithwaite. Following her humiliating divorce and subsequent ouster from her position as head of the village Women's Voluntary Society, she takes off for London to find her estranged daughter, Betty. When she arrives at Betty's boarding house in Shilling Lane, however, Betty is nowhere to be found. Mrs. Braithwaite bullies the landlord, Mr. Norris, into helping her search for her daughter, never mind that Mr. Norris lacks oomph. Betty works for MI5, and once she gets over her surprise that it's her mother who rescues her from the clutches of British fascists, mother (with Mr. Norris' increasingly effective assistance) and daughter play cat and mouse with Nazi sympathizers and double agents. Along the way, Mrs. Braithwaite learns lessons about the true measure of success. Even with sometimes-vivid descriptions of the horrors of the blitz, there is a good deal of fun in this cozy caper, and fans of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir will eat it up. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 February #1

Disgraced by her husband's divorce petition, village queen-bee Mrs. Braithwaite rushes to London to visit her only child, Betty, working there since World War II erupted. But with the blitz on and Betty missing, Mrs. Braithwaite starts rethinking her life as she marches through the rubble looking for her daughter. Following The Chilbury Ladies' Choir.

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 April #3

Ryan (The Chilbury Ladies' Choir) again focuses on women braving the dangers of WWII in this exciting tale of espionage and love. In 1941, Mrs. Braithwaite is stripped of her vaunted village position as the leader of the Women's Voluntary Service for being too bossy. Mrs. Braithwaite, a woman of more gusto than height, heads to London to reconnect with her daughter, Betty, who she hasn't seen in two years. But when she gets to Betty's boarding house, no one has seen her in days; she also hasn't been to work at her listed employment for years. As Mrs. Braithwaite searches for answers, she makes a reluctant companion of Mr. Norris, Betty's landlord and a timid accountant who is worried Betty might be in trouble. Soon they discover Betty is working for British intelligence, and Mrs. Braithwaite and Mr. Norris become embroiled in a plot to root out Nazi-sympathizers in London. Mrs. Braithwaite shakes up Mr. Norris's life in unexpected, welcome ways as they form an unlikely friendship and almost get Betty captured while she is working undercover. With its eccentric, believable characters and plot of home front intrigue, this delightful drama will appeal to fans of Martha Hall Kelly. (June)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.