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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (28 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849839832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849839839
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Thynne was born in Venezuela and educated in London. She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English and joined the BBC as a journalist. She has also worked at the Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Independent, as well as numerous British magazines. She appears as a broadcaster on Radio 4. She is married with three children and lives in London.
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'Black Roses is a brilliant historical thriller based on real events with two strong female characters at its core. I loved the combination of the womens story and spying, finding that the jeopardy really added another level of enjoyment. I hesitate to let the cat out of the bag, but Thynne has made no secret that Black Roses is the first of a trilogy featuring Clara Vine. Hurrah! I loved this book and look forward to lots more espionage in The Winter Garden to be published in 2014. --Annabel s House of Books

'It was a clever idea to hone in on the Nazi wives and girlfriends, and the crosscurrents and dangers of the build-up to war are established with expertise and not a little menace. Terrific.' (Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times)



'An exciting story and a subtle, original portrait of the early days of the Third Reich . . . Jane Thynne's smooth writing, sensitive understanding of the era and sharp observations combine into an excellent historical thriller. Good news: it's the first of a planned trilogy. I m eager for the next.' (Jessica Mann, Literary Review)



'Thynne's thriller is strong on the city s paranoia, and its exploration of the Third Reich s bizarre attitude to women gives it an original take on Nazi Germany' (Mail on Sunday)

'If you thought historical romance settings died out long before WWII, think again. Black Roses cleverly balances intelligent detail about the life of women in 1930s Germany with much more gentle, lightly conveyed elements of romance.' (We Love This Book)



'Most enjoyable first installment of a planned trilogy featuring likeable English actress Clara Vine who goes to Berlin in 1933 to find word at the Ufa Studios and is drawn into dangerous company. The great cast of real life characters includes Magda Goebbels. Jane Thynne is married to Philip Kerr whose excellent Berlin Noir novels cover the same period. Tempting to imagine them scribbling away side by side...' (The Bookseller)



'A compelling story of love and betrayal in Hitler's Berlin. This is a superbly atmospheric romantic thriller, an extraordinary recreation of 1930s Berlin, and it reaches right into the heart of the most mysterious and vilified Nazi wife, Magda Goebbels, to find a real woman.' (Kate Saunders, author of Night Shall Overtake Us)



'Peppered with real characters this book offers a fascinating glimpse of the extraordinary world of the Nazi wives' (Daisy Goodwin, author of The Last Duchess)

--(Daisy Goodwin, author of The Last Duchess)

About the Author

Jane Thynne was born in Venezuela and educated in London. She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature and joined the BBC as a journalist. She has also worked at the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph and The Independent, as well as numerous British magazines. She appears as a broadcaster on Radio 4. Jane is married to the writer Philip Kerr. They have three children and live in London. Black Roses is Jane's fourth novel.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By NinaD on 17 May 2013
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I was already biassed in favour of Black Roses before I even started reading as this is a period of history (including up to the end of World War II) that I find utterly fascinating. I wasn't disappointed and raced through this first volume, enjoying every word of it. As another reviewer has said, it does help if you know something about the background of the rise of the Nazi party in Germany, and also a little about varying British attitudes towards Hitler and his henchmen. Clara Vine is the story's heroine, an upper-class girl who is determined to be an actress. She heads for the Berlin film studios on the recommendation of a friend, and quickly becomes involved with Magda Goebbels. The fact that Clara's aristocratic father back home in England is a well-known Fascist sympathiser gives her some cachet in Nazi Berlin. Clara also meets Leo, a British Intelligence agent, and he immediately recruits her as a spy on learning of her intimacy with Goebbels' wife.
It's difficult setting up the first volume of a series as there are always loose ends and what seems like too many characters (who will presumably become more important in the sequels), but that didn't spoil my enjoyment. The book isn't without its faults, though. For instance, I found Clara's discovery of her true origins a little too pat and frankly unbelievable. But I enjoyed it so much, I'm still giving it five stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Petra just a girl who loves to read... TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 May 2014
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Black Rose written by Jane Thynne for me was a fantastic read which I thoroughly enjoyed from page one. For me this book was a great insight into pre-war Berlin during the year of 1933 when Hitler is coming into power and his followers were helping him rule Germany with a fist of controlling iron which was constantly laced not only with control but with pure evil.
When we first meet Clara Vine the main character of this brilliant book she is standing over the body of a young woman, and this is when the story begins as we are brought into the life of Clara as she gets to know the real Berlin which is ruled by the Gestapo and the followers of Hitler.
Clara Vine was a wonderful character who from page one you could see how the author made her a girl with great strength which she kept hidden from those around her though when tested she only did what she knew was right. I was soon captivated by Clara as I followed her story as she runs to Germany to fulfill her dream of being an actress not realising she will soon have to use her acting skills to save her own life. Her own father was a well known politician who held Nazi sympathies back in England therefore it was her father's fame which brought Clara straight into the midst of those who led Germany. Their power meant nothing to Clara but she soon realised the true power which they did hold was the power of saying who lived or who died. Throughout the book the action spilled out of the pages and I was entertained from beginning to end.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By coco98 on 6 April 2013
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I would have given this book 5 stars but I was let down by the ending, I am presuming a sequel is in the offing, and if so I look forward to reading.
I like a great story based on historical fact, and this was , in spades.
Based in Berlin in the early years of the 3 rd Reich there was a lot to be learned about the Nazis attitude to controlling women,and their hideous policies.
During reading I was able to research some of the main characters in Wikipedia which really brought the story to life for me.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kate Hopkins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Dec. 2013
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Jane Thynne's fourth novel is a very enjoyable thriller set in the early days of Nazi Germany. Clara Vine, a half-German half-English actress, leaves her stuffy London home and boring fiance to move to Berlin and try to launch a career in films. Once in Berlin, Clara is unable to locate the director who was meant to give her a part, but does attract the attention of various Nazis - including Klaus Müller, a high-ranking officer, and Josef Goebbels and his wife Magda. Clara looks all set to become a figure in high Nazi society, when a revelation about her own background plus some careful observation makes her decide she doesn't really care for these people after all. So when Leo Quinn, a dashing young British spy (who spends his spare time translating Ovid) decides to recruit her to spy on the Goebbels family, she is only too happy to oblige. But the plot thickens as Müller decides he wants Clara as his girlfriend, Magda decides to recruit Clara for a secret mission of her own, and Goebbels becomes suspicious of Clara's closeness to his wife. Soon, torn between love, natural kindness and duty, Clara realizes that she is in terrible danger...

Thynne has fun bringing Berlin in the 1930s to life, and creates a cast of vivid (if slightly predictable) characters. I enjoyed the scene where Clara takes tea with Goering's mistress and meets her pet lion cubs, and the scenes set among the British and American journalists, including the feisty Mary. Hitler and his horrible immediate circle are very well portrayed (though Himmler and Bormann are notable by their absence - did they join Hitler's inner circle later on?).
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