These two form the only romantic pairing on my list! But I include them because they do make a Sensational Team as well as being a sensational couple. Detective work aside, romance aside, Harriet and Peter "work well together", each bringing a separate set of talents to the puzzles they're trying to solve. Their teamwork is metaphorically crystallised in the middle of Gaudy Night when, in a fit of nostalgia for her student days, Harriet writes half a poem about Oxford which Peter finishes. Though their individual poetic style and tone are completely different, together they build a perfect and true sonnet with both literal and figurative levels of meaning. Oh, and they are also both excellent at steering a punt. Not every couple can make teamwork of this difficult skill.here for a spiffy edition of The Complete Lord Peter Wimsey Stories.)
You will see in the column to the right of this post that my piece on Wein's Code Name Verity is the most popular of the ~1000 I have written! (Doubtless that's because of the buzz an upcoming film based on the book is generating.)
While waiting for the movie, I'm going to read her interconnected book Rose Under Fire, also set in World War II, and also filled with a gratifying quorum of female heroines.
According to Publishers Weekly, "Wein wanted to know more about Ravensbrück, the notorious women’s concentration camp, after reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. She hit upon her main character Rose’s motivation for writing down everything she could remember about having been imprisoned after reading And I Am Afraid of My Dreams by Wanda Póltawska, a Polish survivor of the camps. Her fascination with women who were dropped behind enemy lines was stoked by The Women Who Lived for Danger, a collective biography about some of World War II’s female secret agents. Many did not live to tell their own stories."
I reckon that for Wein, the yen to compose came early! Here she is with her first typewriter as a small child. Wein has lived in Scotland for more than ten years and has written nearly all of her novels there.