Rose Code
by Quinn, Kate






Joining the elite Bletchley Park codebreaking team during World War II, three women from very different walks of life uncover a spy's dangerous agenda against a backdrop of the royal wedding of Elizabeth and Philip. 30,000 first printing.





*Starred Review* By turns heartbreaking, fascinating, and mysterious, Quinn's latest historical novel is likely to turn up on 2021 best lists. The action-and there is plenty of it-centers on Bletchley Park, the home of England's WWII code-breaking activities. Alan Turing makes some cameos, but the real stars here (characters reminiscent of the "girls" in Call the Midwife are three very different women who are translators and code breakers at "BP." The friendships among them-pampered debutante Osla, down-at-the-heels but ambitious Mab, and timid genius Beth-are a major focus. It isn't all brainwork, as Quinn shows the women imbibing fizzy cocktails, comparing hairdos, and partying with boyfriends (including Prince Philip!). The mood changes after the war, with the three now bitter enemies and one of them desperate to escape the mental institution where she's been confined since war's end. In 1947, on the eve of Princess Elizabeth's wedding, the women are brought together for a nail-biting and satisfying ending that finds them encrypting a letter that could hold the secret to what drove them apart at BP. Book clubbers may frown at the lengthy page count here, but soon enough they'll be devouring the novel and eager to try Quinn's backlist titles, among them The Alice Network (2017) and The Huntress (2019). Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.





*Starred Review* By turns heartbreaking, fascinating, and mysterious, Quinn's latest historical novel is likely to turn up on 2021 best lists. The action-and there is plenty of it-centers on Bletchley Park, the home of England's WWII code-breaking activities. Alan Turing makes some cameos, but the real stars here (characters reminiscent of the "girls" in Call the Midwife are three very different women who are translators and code breakers at "BP." The friendships among them-pampered debutante Osla, down-at-the-heels but ambitious Mab, and timid genius Beth-are a major focus. It isn't all brainwork, as Quinn shows the women imbibing fizzy cocktails, comparing hairdos, and partying with boyfriends (including Prince Philip!). The mood changes after the war, with the three now bitter enemies and one of them desperate to escape the mental institution where she's been confined since war's end. In 1947, on the eve of Princess Elizabeth's wedding, the women are brought together for a nail-biting and satisfying ending that finds them encrypting a letter that could hold the secret to what drove them apart at BP. Book clubbers may frown at the lengthy page count here, but soon enough they'll be devouring the novel and eager to try Quinn's backlist titles, among them The Alice Network (2017) and The Huntress (2019). Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.






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