Rory Clements is an author who used to be a journalist but started writing novels in 2007. His books are historical novels and I have recently finished the first three of the Tom Wilde trilogy so I thought that I would share them with you.
The first book is called Corpus. It is based around Professor Tom Wilde, a history professor at Cambridge University. The story is set in 1936 and we first hear about a young English woman who managed to deliver vital secret papers to a Jewish scientist, but with in a matter of weeks she is found dead in her flat at Cambridge. Professor Wilde considers that the circumstances of her death are suspicious so he begins to investigate. Around the same time, a leading academic and his wife are found horribly murdered in their stately home and the hero Professor Wilde investigates. The more finds out, the more he wonders whether the murders of the young student and the elderly couple are linked. Before long, the abdication crisis surrounding King Edward VIII and his mistress Wallis Simpson becomes relevant and a conspiracy is revealed. Professor Wilde falls in love and he must use all of his skill and knowledge to save both the woman that he loves and to prevent a massacre.
This is a very well written and enjoyable. It is not based on fact at all, but the story is interesting nevertheless as it comes across as plausible and the characters are appealing.
Rory Clements’ second book in this story is called Nucleus and it is set in 1939, again based around the history professor Tom Wilde at Cambridge University.
In spring 1939, Europe is gearing up for war, the Nazis have invaded Czechoslovakia and the Jewish persecution in Germany continues.
The story also touches upon an IRA bombing campaign in mainland Britain as they seek to take advantage of uncertainty in Europe.
However, the major event which appears to go largely unreported is the discovery and production of fission, the result is that an atomic bomb is now possible and surely, which ever country has control of the atomic bomb will win the war. The Nazi high command has set up a top level team of scientists dedicated to producing a nuclear device, but their intelligence indicates that scientists at the Cavendish laboratory in Cambridge are also close to completing their research. One of the leading researchers at the Cavendish laboratory is unexpectedly murdered and Professor Wilde once again finds that his skills are called upon.
The second book in the series also looks at the developing relationship between Professor Wilde and his next door neighbour Lydia Morris. It is well written and gripping.
The previous book, Nucleus, finished in spring 1936. Nemesis begins with Professor Tom Wilde on holiday in France during August 1939. He is informed by a stranger that one of his former students, Marcus Marfield, has been taken prisoner and is being kept in a French internment camp.
Professor Wilde feels duty-bound to do what he can to rescue his student and return him to England. At first, all seems well, but Marfield, once a brilliant chorister and student, had joined the international brigade in the Spanish Civil War and was feared dead. When he returns home, not everybody welcomes him, but it is unclear why.
As the story unfolds, Professor Wilde finds himself and his loved ones are in danger too.
Once again, Rory Clements has produced a very exciting page turner which I found really enjoyable, although there are moments when you just think that credulity is being stretched a little bit! Professor Wilde is a character who is both relatable and upstanding. You would certainly like to be his friend.
Hitler’s Secret – Rory Clements next book
Rory Clements has actually written a fourth book called Hitler’s Secret. It is out in February 2020 and I for one look forward to reading it and will report back when I have done so. As I have said above, Professor Wilde is a relatable character and I now consider him as a friend so I look forward to reading about his latest adventure.