(From the publisher):
When the flying bombs terrorised London in 1944, anxious mothers sent their children away to the peace of the countryside to escape the danger. Oxford and its surrounding villages appeared to be havens of safety, but dangers other than bombs menaced some unlucky children – and for ten-year-old Chris Barnes, the result was death.
Over fifty years later, novelist Kate Ivory, searching for wartime love stories as material for her latest historical romance, uncovers Chris’s tragic tale. Amongst the piles of old papers in the attic of the house she shares with her partner, George, she finds the child’s diary and drawings, and, in an old newspaper, a haunting photograph of a face she cannot forget. But one thing remains unclear – why he died so young.
Never able to resist a mystery, Kate determines to find the truth, but that knowledge comes at a price – the boy’s death appears to implicate George’s family – and Kate is faced with an impossible choice...
Original title: Oxford Shadows
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Amateur