Through A Darkening Glass by R. S. Maxwell

A mesmerizing World War II mystery about a Londoner who flees the city to write a novel and finds a truth stranger than fiction.

England, 1940. Literature student Ruth Gladstone evacuates Cambridge University for Martynsborough, a tiny English village with a shadowy history. For Ruth, retreating to a forgotten corner of the country is more than a safety manoeuvre; it’s an opportunity to end an undesirable engagement and begin writing her first novel.

But upon her arrival, Ruth learns of a ghostly wraith haunting the villagers after decades of silence. Although Ruth is enthralled by the legend, the locals are less charmed by the wraith’s return. They blame the evacuees—and among them, Ruth—for stirring up restless spirits.

Undeterred, Ruth joins forces with Malcolm, an injured soldier, to unravel the mystery of the wraith. As Ruth and Malcolm draw closer to the truth, they’ll unearth long-buried secrets that could threaten them both…even as they craft a forbidden love story of their own.


Phineas pulled the cowl around his skinny neck, then started the long walk back to Martynsborough.



(Lake Union Publishing, 1 January 2023, e-book, 325 pages, #ARC from the publisher via NetGalley)




I really enjoyed Through A Darkening Glass. I’ve read a lot of historical fiction in recent years so felt quite at home with this book and the characters and world created between the pages. I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance elements, but I loved the cover and enough happens aside from the romance to hold my interest. I liked the mystery elements even though they were predictable at times. Overall, this is a good read.


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