Nightmare at Ware Hall: Salisbury Plot:
The reader will find himself often visiting Colonel Sir Edward Ware’s estate calle Ware Hall in the south of England just outside Salisbury in the New Forest. Scene after scene in many of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series take place there. The reader first gets introduced to the centuries old abode of the Ware family in Key to Lawrence Special Edition. He sees it from the point of view of Miss Dora Benley, fresh from America, whom Edward has just rescued from the wreck of the Lusitania in 1915. In the second novel of the series which is being published this spring on May 1, Key to 1935: The Salisbury Plot, Nightmare at Ware Hall, the reader sees the estate through the eyes of the new bride, again fresh from America and the sinking of the Morro Castle in which she has lost her first husband, Michael Byrne. Dora finds Ware Hall a mysterious place full of secrets which she cannot fathom. She hears whisperings in the hallway at night. When she looks her mother-in-law is whispering to her husband. She can only make out a word here and there. She comes upon her husband meeting with the young man that she first encountered on the Morro Castle, the young man who sank the ship. They are talking heatedly in the garden. She sees Edward paying him money, and she cannot figure out what her upstanding husband would have to do with a saboteur. Edward invited the same young man to their wedding. She was shocked to see him in the receiving line at her new home. Worse someone sets the estate on fire late one night, and the servants have to form a bucket brigade. Who is after Dora and her husband and why?
The world of Ware Hall, estate of the Ware family for 2000 years back to Roman times, adds to the atmosphere of this historical thriller, Salisbury Plot, that takes place during the 1930’s. It lends the suspense novel a gothic charm.

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Dora Benley, the World Traveler:
Dora Benley had no idea when she set out on our journey with her parents on May 1, 1915 to England that she was embarking on a lifetime of travel. The young woman at that time was a college student at Bryn Mawr College for young women and had never been abroad before. She had probably not been much of anywhere except Pennsylvania, driving between her native haunts of Pittsburgh where she grew up to Philadelphia where she was attending school and where her parents had another estate in the King of Prussia area called Maymont.
Dora Benley experienced a rough and sudden indoctrination into the world of travel. She embarked on the Lusitania in Manhattan on May 1, 1915. A German torpedo sank it on May 7, 1915 off the coast of Ireland. Dora swore to get revenge on the Germans who sank her ship and killed some of her friends. She joined forces with Edward Ware and later married him, becoming Lady Ware. In the cause of fighting Germans and keeping the Lawrence maps, key to world domination, away from them she traveled to England, Germany, Italy, France, Gibraltar, Chicago, Yellowstone, the Petrified Forest, Santa Fe, San Diego, the Atlantic Provinces of Canada, Scotland, Denmark, and more places than you can count. She kept a wardrobe and suitcase packed at the Savoy Hotel in London just because she never knew where she and her husband, the Colonel, were going to be sent next as spies in the service of Winston Churchill.
The best way to appreciate Dora Benley and her travel itinerary is to read the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series starting with Key to Lawrence Special Edition and continuing with 1935 Plot, Dark Horse, and other novels yet to be published.

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