Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (August 30, 2016)
After being blacklisted for having communist sympathies as a student twenty years before, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Tom Wrought escapes America’s Cold War climate to teach at Oxford. There, he falls in love with Liz Spencer, a beautiful married woman. When Liz’s husband is pushed in front of a train in the London Underground, Tom is immediately arrested for the murder. Scotland Yard is convinced it has its man, as he had means, motive, and opportunity.
Certain of his innocence, Liz hires a young solicitor, Alice Silverstone, to defend Tom. But they discover that Tom’s former secret work as an American spy made him a number of powerful enemies. Russian intelligence, British counterespionage, and even the FBI all may have reason to frame him. If Liz and Alice can find out who is behind the murder, they stand a chance of freeing Tom, but doing so puts all their lives at risk.
About Alex RosenbergAlex Rosenberg is the author of the novel The Girl from Krakow. He has lived in Britain and has taught at Oxford, where he made the acquaintance of some of the historical figures that play roles in Autumn in Oxford. Rosenberg is the R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy at Duke University in North Carolina.
This book's summary drew me in. It has intrigue, a bit of scandal, and really really good writing. The story is told through several different voices, mostly all three of the main characters. There wasn't really anything I could come up with to say negatively. Alex Rosenberg is an awesome writer. The plot was interesting enough, I just couldn't lose myself entirely in the story.
Usually this kind of storyline would keep me flipping page after page, but for some reason I just couldn't plow through this one. I did finish and was quite pleased with how it wrapped up! I won't say that this is a negative review, there are a lot of wonky things going on in my personal life at the moment, so maybe it just wasn't the right time for me? I will definitely give this one a re-read, once things have calmed down and possibly adjust my review.
So I will break it down like this:
Plot: Interesting and well developed!
Do I recommend? Yes, I do!