Talking to Strange Men by Ruth Rendell

Posted by Sherry on 6/7/2016 in 1987, Adult Fiction, General, Mysteries, Spy Thrillers |

Talking to Strange Men is a strange book, illuminating the strange but insightful mind of acclaimed mystery writer Ruth Rendell. If ever Thoreau’s famous observation were embedded in a novel, this story of a lonely garden center sales clerk who pursues his runaway wife while becoming caught up in a game of espionage is that […]


The Hill of the Red Fox by Allan Campbell McLean

Posted by Sherry on 5/11/2016 in 1955, Children's Fiction, Historical fiction, Scotland, Spy Thrillers |

Spies. Lies. Danger. That’s the subtitle teaser on the cover of my copy of The Hill of the Red Fox, a Scottish book, first published in 1955, but now available (2015) in a new paperback edition from Floris Books, in the series Kelpies Classics. “The Kelpies are a highly-respected and much-loved range of children’s novels […]


Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal by Ben Macintyre

Posted by Sherry on 1/14/2014 in England, General, Germany, Nonfiction, Spy Thrillers |

“Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced.” I like spy stories, especially true spy stories. Author Ben MacIntyre’s story of Eddie Chapman and his activities as the consummate double agent for Britain during World War II […]


Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

Posted by Sherry on 2/4/2013 in Adult Fiction, General, Literary fiction, Spy Thrillers |

Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. ~Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17. My name is Serena Frome (rhymes with plume) and almost forty years ago I was sent on a secret mission for the British Security Service. I didn’t return safely. Within eighteen months of joining […]


The Expats by Chris Pavone

Posted by Sherry on 5/1/2012 in Adult Fiction, General, Spy Thrillers |

About a month after I read the ARC of this chick lit/spy novel, I heard an interview on NPR’s All Things Considered with author Chris Pavone. (According to the interviewer, it’s pronounced “pavoney”). It seems that Mr. Pavone moved to Luxembourg where he became a “house-husband” and started writing a book that bored him just […]

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