My current book, The Year After by Martin Davies, was fruit of the labor while I was browsing a bookstore in Hong Kong before a dinner engagement. As usual for most paperbacks, it was saran-wrapped (one of my observations on Hong Kong bookstores posted yesterday). The cover isn’t anything that would match my reading taste. The description intrigued me: Set in England in 1919. The main character survived the war and doesn’t really know how to cope with peace, or what to do with the life he didn’t expect to have. He’s invited to a grand house for Christmas where the inhabitants are trying to recreate the life they had before the war. But there is more to what appears to him and before he knows it, he is caught in a web of deceptions and secrets about the murder of a visiting German professor before the war.
A quick check on Goodreads confirms this is a beautifully written hybrid of historical/romance/crime fiction evocative of the time period. So I gathered it into my small shopping pile. It also ranks 304th out of 380 books in Downton Abbey-esque Books. So this really opens up a realm of new book ideas for books not so much about high society but set in the Edwardian/WWI period. The front runners of this list include The Remains of the Day, Howards End, Brideshead Revisited and The House at Riverton.