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The Flowers of the Forest

(1980)
(The Oxford Gambit)
(The third book in the Peter Marlow series)
A novel by

 
 
Bored and broke, Marlow quits retirement to search for a mole within MI6.

It's springtime in Scotland, and an aging spy is tending to his bees. Smoke rises from his bellows as he looks in on the colony for the first time since winter. When his wife goes to check on him, the bellows are still smoking but her husband has disappeared. He may be dead, he may be kidnapped - or he may have gone over to the other side.

To locate the missing beekeeper, the secret service turns to Peter Marlow, a veteran agent who is finding retirement no substitute for life in the field. He soon discovers a byzantine Russian conspiracy, of which the vanished spy is either the architect or the victim, operating deep within British intelligence. In the shadows of this secretive government agency, there are more pressing dangers than the sting of a frightened honeybee.

The Oxford Gambit is the third book in the Peter Marlow Mystery series, which also includes The Sixth Directorate and The Valley of the Fox.

Genre: Thriller

Used availability for Joseph Hone's The Flowers of the Forest

Hardback Editions

July 1996 : UK Hardback

Title: Flowers of the Forest
Author(s): Joseph Hone
ISBN: 0-7493-8695-9 / 978-0-7493-8695-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
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July 1980 : UK Hardback
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Title: Flowers of the Forest
Author(s): Joseph Hone
ISBN: 0-436-20087-2 / 978-0-436-20087-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd
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July 1980 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Oxford gambit
Author(s): Joseph Hone
ISBN: 0-394-50184-5 / 978-0-394-50184-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

June 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Flowers of the Forest (A Peter Marlow spy thriller)
Author(s): Joseph Hone
ISBN: 0-571-31613-1 / 978-0-571-31613-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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November 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Flowers of the Forest
Author(s): Joseph Hone
ISBN: 0-571-25593-0 / 978-0-571-25593-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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April 1983 : UK Paperback
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Title: Flowers of the Forest
Author(s): Joseph Hone
ISBN: 0-600-20699-8 / 978-0-600-20699-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hamlyn
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July 1981 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Oxford Gambit
Author(s): Joseph Hone
ISBN: 0-449-24436-9 / 978-0-449-24436-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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Audio Editions

August 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Oxford Gambit, The
Author(s): Joseph Hone
ISBN: 1-5318-1583-9 / 978-1-5318-1583-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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November 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Oxford Gambit
Author(s): Joseph Hone
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon