The cast of characters were brilliantly written and each part played a role that suited their surroundings. Emma, our heroine was an American who traveled to England to study at Oxford. Her mother hailed from England and emigrated to America after marrying a soldier from the states after W.W.I. Emma joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force soon after war broke out. Stationed at Danesfield House, her job was carefully studying aerial photographs taken over Germany for signs of anything out of the ordinary.
Will Fleming, is a handsome Englishman who worked for the British government recording the changes in the landscape of the country through his painting. He and Emma met by chance at a bookstore while she and her friend Vera were on leave for a day.
Vera, along with Georgette are Emma's friends and coworkers. These women work closely together and also share living quarters. The ladies lived in Nissen huts, which are what I grew up knowing as "Quonset huts.
Adding to the intrigue was Berndt, who, as a handyman, seemed to be everywhere. Edward, the sergeant who was Emma's superior officer, supervised Emma and her coworkers. The work being done on this estate was paramount to the cause and security was strict. People who worked together didn't necessarily know all the pieces of a project or why locations of study were chosen. The timing was just as cryptic, making it difficult for the information to be cracked.
Emma was a dedicated member of the W.A.A.F. who was vigilant in the secret nature of her work. Her only brother, Samuel, a pilot lost his life when his plane was downed. She mourned his loss greatly and she worked all the harder to contribute her best to the war effort. It was her fervent hope that if she could find an important clue while studying the photographs perhaps she could help save the lives of others.
The plot of A Secret Courage was well constructed and the characters well written. All mysteries seem to have a red herring or two and while I had some suspicions, I'll admit I was surprised more than once. It is fun to guess an outcome but much better find that the author truly kept a mystery, creating a better book. I heartily recommend this book. I am glad that it is only book one in a series because I feel there is more to unfold in this story.