Season of Darkness

Season of Darkness

A Mystery

Book - 2011
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The creator of the acclaimed Detective Murdoch Mysteries turns her exceptional storytelling skills to a murder mystery set in rural Shropshire, England, in the darkest days of the Second World War.

Following the disastrous retreat of the British army from Dunkirk in 1940, England is plunged into a state of fear. The threat of a German invasion is real, and many German Nationals are interned in camps across the country. One such camp is on the ancient moor land of Prees Heath, near the small town of Whitchurch in Shropshire, where Tom Tyler is the sole detective inspector.

Young women from all walks of life have joined the Land Army, to help desperate farmers keep the country fed. When one of these young women is found murdered on a desolate country road, Tyler is almost glad for the challenge; he has been fretting for some time about the dullness of policing in a rural community. In addition, a former lover has reappeared and turned his emotions upside down; his soldier son seems utterly changed by his experience at Dunkirk; and his sixteen year old daughter is unhappy. As he pursues the murderer, Tyler finds himself drawn into an uneasy alliance with one of the Prees Heath internees, a psychiatrist, who claims to be an expert on the criminal mind.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : McClelland & Stewart, c2011.
ISBN: 9780771043253
Characteristics: 396 p. ; 23 cm.

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WritingChick65
Apr 26, 2020

By the author of the Murdoch Mystery series, this is the story of Tom Tyler, a detective inspector in the small rural community of Shropshire. The year is 1940, the war is on, and England is still reeling over the disaster at Dunkirk, as is Tom's son, who has returned home with haunting memories. Young women from all over England have come to the countryside to serve in the Land Army, helping farmers while the men are away at war. When one of the Land Army girls turns up dead, Tom's quest to find her killer has him utilizing the help of an interned German psychiatrist and a former lover turned spy.
The story is engaging, but it's the setting and the description of rural life that is the real treasure here. Jennings brings Shropshire to life with details and a wonderful atmosphere that reflects the uncertainty and fear of the times. Tom Tyler is engaging, human, and real. A wonderful and entertaining British mystery.

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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!

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