Synopses & Reviews
It is the autumn of 1797. The war between the British and the French is being fought not just openly but also in secret by a network of spies. Reluctant heiress Mary Finch is no stranger to adventure, but even she hesitates before accepting this assignment: to travel secretly to Paris and disrupt vital Franco-American negotiations. She must rely wholly upon a stranger while deceiving her "dearest friend," Captain Robert Holland. Once in France, Mary’s safety rests on a knife-edge, and her colleague has secrets of his own. Undaunted, she sets about her task with wit, stealth, and determination. But she is not the only spy in Paris, and there is more than one British life in jeopardy if she fails. As implacable enemies join forces against her, Mary may lose everything.
"Set in 1797, Melikan's entertaining third historical thriller featuring Mary Finch (after The Counterfeit Guest) takes the British spy to France, where she poses as the wife of an American artist. With England and France at war, spymaster Cuthbert Shy asks Finch to befriend U.S. envoys in Paris, to foster 'disagreement, confusion, and enmity' between France and America and plant the seeds for an alliance with Britain, to whom the Americans are bound by 'ties of kinship, language, history, and temperament.' Shy insists that she keep this vital mission secret even from her significant other, Capt. Robert Holland, though Holland himself winds up across the Channel to look into reports that the French have invented an undersea weapon whose tests have led to reports of sea monsters. Melikan successfully captures the spirit of the period while rooting her suspenseful espionage plot in actual events. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Mary Finch can't resist the allure of a third spy adventure, even if it means keeping dangerous secrets from those she loves most.
About the Author
Rose Melikan was born in Detroit, Michigan. Since 1993, she has been a Fellow of St.
Catharine's College, Cambridge. Her academic research centers on 18th and early 19th
British political and constitutional history. She lives in Cambridge, England with her husband.