Saturday, April 6, 2013

Songbird under a German Moon by Tricia Goyer

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Tricia Goyer has written a number of excellent historical fiction books based on the WWII era. This one is set in post-WWII Germany. Betty Lake is a USO singer who's come to sing for the soldiers who are taking part in the post-war occupation.

The USO uses the very opera house in which the great Wagner's operas were performed. Hitler was very enamored of Wagner's work, and he often attended performances. And, here's where the mystery comes in. There's a "phantom of the opera" who has devious designs on the Americans who have defiled Wagner's fine opera house. Someone has sent warnings to the Americans that there is danger.

Betty meets Frank, a supposed photographer, who is also a CIA (or whatever they called it then) agent. He's out to discover what the danger is. Kat, another singer who performs in the USO show, is Betty's roommate, but one night, she disappears. It turns out Betty has been murdered. And the suspense builds from there.

Other reviewers complain that this is a work of Christian fiction and that the book is not "marked as such." I did not find the references to faith at all distracting. Anyone who is familiar with Tricia Goyer's work should know that she writes for the Christian market.

I bought this book at a used book store simply because Goyer was the author. In my opinion, it's not as good as the novels she's written about events that occurred during the the war. Still, its a good read. I give it three out of five stars.

Disclaimer: I have no connection with Tricia Goyer or her publisher.

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