In Flanders Fields
Peter C. Johnson
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Lark Farm - In Flanders Fields - tells the tale of a double murder set in the heart of the World War I battlefields of Flanders, Belgium. To escape his failed marriage, Scotland Yard Inspector Nigel Hendrick embarks on a leisurely cycling tour in West Flanders. He and his ghostly bicycle, Max Mobilier, are inseparable partners as Nigel immerses himself in the Great War's history of tragic loss. Suddenly, he has to abort his gentle ride when his skills are needed to solve a terrible crime, during which he must risk his own life.
Lark Farm - In Flanders Fields
Lark Farm - In Flanders Field - is a moving book, beautifully written, where history and mystery converge. This well researched novel, which weaves threads of complex details, and infuses past energies, is the complete package!
It takes the reader on a journey of a present day mystery interwoven with many reminders of the Great War. An unlikely ghostly companion with spiritual energies accompanies Nigel, the main character. Focusing on Belgian Flanders, period details are rich and layered, and easily woven into the story. The description of scenes, landscapes, and events puts the reader right there, experiencing each. One can feel the Fields of Flanders imprinted with fear, passion, and sacrifice.
Vast symbolism is a significant thread. Especially enjoyable are the perceptions of nature, suggesting wider meanings. The Lark, often a symbol of reflection of an inward journey associated with self-discovery, is seen throughout.
The characters are endearing and flawed. They give the reader an interesting glimpse into the past, the heartbreaking casualties of war, and the phantoms of where tragedy left its mark. The climax and revealing of the murderer, illuminates and chills the reader. Food and spirits abound and further stimulate the senses in this powerhouse of a novel!!
A delightful journey of self discovery while exploring the battle fields of the Great War
This murder mystery is told through the eyes of a modern day Scotland Yard inspector on holiday in Belgium biking through the battlefields of the Great War. The preface sets the stage for the "accidental" deaths, then part way through the inspectors holiday his unique skills are summoned to solve what eventually is classified as a crime.
The author has done a fantastic job of vividly describing the hero's journey, the people, places, nature & especially the meals & beverages he enjoys. While most murder mysteries focus on the suspects, and events, this tale pivots more on the places & battles of the Great War. He touches on the English & Canadian soldier poets who through their verse expressed their views on the war. History permeates every clod of dirt underfoot of the hero, and at times I felt the enormity of loss that parents of this era had to suffer through. Furthermore the author is clearly a fan of fine cuisine. I made the fateful mistake of reading a key section prior to dinner, and had to ask my family to move up our dinner reservation to quiet my envious stomach.
This book is very well researched. Hopefully someday I can tour Belgium as the author did, and pay my respects in person to all those souls who gave their lives to protect the freedom we enjoy today.