About Autumn in Oxford
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (August 30, 2016)
After being blacklisted for having communist sympathies as 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, as he had means, motive, and opportunity.
Certain of his innocence, Liz hires a young solicitor, Alice Silverstone, to defend Tom. But they discover that Tom’s former secret work as an American spy made him a number of powerful enemies. Russian intelligence, British counterespionage, and even the FBI all may have reason to frame him. If Liz and Alice can find out who is behind the murder, they stand a chance of freeing Tom, but doing so puts all their lives at risk.
Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Autumn in Oxford by Alex Rosenberg. I received this book from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review of it.
Autumn in Oxford is a historical fiction novel about Elizabeth and Tom, a man and a woman who began an affair in the midst of their failing marriages. When Liz’s husband is murdered right in front of Tom, they come to find themselves in the middle of an intricate conspiracy to frame the murder on Tom for reasons that will make him revisit the events of his political past.
I rather enjoyed Autumn in Oxford. The prospect of reading a book with a plot that included both espionage and romance was highly intriguing to me. In reading Autumn in Oxford, I found it to be heavy on the espionage and very light on the romance. I expected there to be a little more romance in it than there actually was so I didn’t really connect that well with Liz and Tom’s relationship although I definitely was not a fan of either of their spouses.
That being said, I really enjoyed the espionage and intelligence aspect of this book. I found the chapters that are delivered as Tom’s handwritten confessional narrative to be highly interesting. I loved playing sleuth with Alice and Liz trying to uncover details in Toms past and current work to bring light to the predicament he finds himself in. I thought it was rather interesting to see how all the different characters and organizations fit together in their pursuit of Tom and the danger element of never knowing who could exactly be trusted was intriguing.
This is the first book I have read so far from Alex Rosenberg and judging from this book, I would be interested in reading more of his work. His writing style definitely suited me and kept me interested in the story. I am giving this book 3.5 stars because I did find it enjoyable and think that historical fiction fans may enjoy it as well, especially those interested in the Cold War period and stories involving espionage.
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.