Before she became entangled in Nazi-occupied France in Code Name Verity, Julie Beaufort-Stuart survived a long summer of trouble at her grandfather's falling-apart Scottish estate. As her childhood home fills with builders intent on major renovations, Julie flees the home only to land unconscious in a hospital with little memory to spare. But as her memory comes back, Julie realizes that she has witnessed the final moments of a murdered man's life—and an overlooked act of theft that only someone who loves the land would have noticed. Propelled by an expertly-crafted mystery, Wein's prelude to "Verity" showcases Julie's fierce character with delicious little nods to what fans will remember with nostalgia. ~Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo
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