We’re offering up something different here at Thoughts on This ‘n That: A novel about murder, espionage and of course, love! Alex Rosenberg delivers a hard to put down “who done it,” in his new novel, AUTUMN IN OXFORD (Lake Union Publishing).
After being blacklisted for being a communist sympathizer, while he was 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.
Certain of his innocence, Liz hires a young, attractive solicitor, Alice Silverstone, to defend Tom. But they discover that Tom’s former work as an American spy makes him a target for many powerful enemies; Russian intelligence, British counterespionage, and even the FBI all may have reasons to frame him. Liz and Alice are determined to find out who is behind the murder. They may have a chance of freeing Tom, but doing so puts all their lives on the line.
AUTUMN IN OXFORD is definitively British. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it certainly is interesting and well-paced. I found myself flipping pages faster while reading the historical references to McCarthyism in 1950’s. I couldn’t help but find similarities to our current political environment. People who love politics, reading and watching the news may find a special fascination, or uneasiness reading, AUTUMN IN OXFORD. And of course, everyone “loves a love-triangle!”
About Alex Rosenberg
Alex 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.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours http://www.tlcbooktours.com and Lake Union Publishing, we have one copy of AUTUMN IN OXFORD to giveaway. Just tell us the name of one of your favorite spy novels. We’ll announce a winner Tuesday, Sept. 13th.