Death Out of Focus by Anne Perry
What’s the last book you read in one day because you couldn’t tear yourself away from it and just had to know what happened? Anne Perry is one of my favorite authors, and this book is the first in a new historical mystery series, set as Europe is beginning its descent into what will become WWII and she completely drew me in.
Elena lost her love, like so many other women, in WWI. Now, 15 years later, she’s striving to make a name for herself as a professional photographer. While taking pictures at an economics conference, she meets, and quickly falls for Ian, the first time she’s felt her heart pitter patter since her boyfriend died. She and Ian leave the conference on the same train, but before they arrive at their destination, she finds him dying of a stab wound to the heart. He presses a paper into her hands and asks her to go to the British embassy in Berlin and deliver a specific message. Elena changes trains and makes her way to Berlin with the help of a fellow passenger, only to find herself framed for the assassination of a Nazi party leader that occurred just after she arrived. Elena has always been the quiet one, but as she evades capture in Germany, it turns out she may have inherited some serious skills from her retired MI-6 grandfather, and she learns the hard way that sometimes evil lurks where you least expect it.
Absolutely gripping! The final chapters of the book feature Elena wearing a borrowed red dress as she covertly makes her way back to England to her grandfather’s house, so I couldn’t help snapping a pic with the red dress I wore to church yesterday, although mine is not nearly as sexy as Elena’s is in the book 😂 Gotta keep things church appropriate... If you enjoy murder mysteries or WWII books, this one comes highly recommended by me, but prepare to give up your day because once you start you won’t want to stop until you know Elena is safe.