A thrilling World War One spy story from the author of the acclaimed Jack Haldean series.“There’s a spy in England. Frankie’s letter. Read Frankie’s letter . . .” The last words said by a dying man to Anthony Brooke in Kiel in Germany during the height of World War One. But who is Frankie? With his cover blown and the German army at his heels, English secret agent Anthony Brooke’s search to discover the truth leads him to an innocent-seeming country house. Here, deep within the English countryside, as Anthony ...
A thrilling World War One spy story from the author of the acclaimed Jack Haldean series.“There’s a spy in England. Frankie’s letter. Read Frankie’s letter . . .” The last words said by a dying man to Anthony Brooke in Kiel in Germany during the height of World War One. But who is Frankie? With his cover blown and the German army at his heels, English secret agent Anthony Brooke’s search to discover the truth leads him to an innocent-seeming country house. Here, deep within the English countryside, as Anthony uncovers a web of spies, treachery and terrorists, the war becomes close and very personal.
Set in 1915, this suspenseful tale of WWI espionage from Gordon-Smith (Trouble Brewing and five other Jack Haldean mysteries) introduces British spy Anthony Brooke, who’s posing as a doctor in Kiel, Germany. Brooke’s cover is blown after a fellow spy, Terence Cavanaugh, is mortally shot and leads the Germans to his door. Just before Cavanaugh expires, he warns Brooke of the need to stop a spy in England—a gentleman who “eems to know everything”—and a plot to attack a large passenger ship. Brooke manages to escape to England, where his boss informs him that the Lusitania has been sunk with a huge loss of life. By chance, Brooke is able to make some sense of one of Cavanaugh’s clues, a reference to “star’s anger,” to get a lead on the person aiding the German cause. The revelation of that individual’s identity may be a letdown to some, but most readers will hope to see more of Brooke. (Feb.)
Historical Novel Society
Dolores Gordon-Smith keeps her plot twisting and turning, throwing Brooke into fresh danger until the truth is finally revealed. The subject matter is serious and well grounded in fascinating historical detail, but Frankie’s Letter is above all a cozy, fireside read that would appeal to lovers of Agatha Christie.
A British doctor turned spy battles an unknown traitor. Anthony Brooke would rather be helping the wounded on a World War I battlefield, but his excellent German makes him a natural for espionage in Kiel. When dying Irish-American reporter and spy Terence Cavanaugh gasps out a cryptic message--something about Star's Anger, a spy in England and reading Frankie's letter--Brooke, his cover blown, barely escapes. Back in England, his boss, Sir Charles Talbot, asks him to uncover the German spy in their midst, warning him that it might be an Englishman. By chance, he sees a familiar gentleman and a stunning woman on the street. When the woman mentions Star Anger, he tracks the pair down. The couple are publishing magnate Patrick Sherston and his French wife, Josette. By agreeing to give Sherston the story of his thrilling escape from Germany, Brooke wangles an invitation to Sherston's estate, Starhanger(!), where he meets Sherston's sister-in-law, a widow working for Ireland's freedom, and her daughter Tara. Tara, an intelligent young woman, falls for Brooke, but he only has eyes for Josette. When Brooke discovers that a popular gossip column in one of Sherston's magazines is called "Frankie's Letter," he realizes that he is on the right track. The column is full of coded messages giving the Germans priceless information. But no one knows who writes the column, which Sherston claims is sent to him anonymously. Sir Charles knows the Germans are planning something big, but it's up to Brooke to learn the truth before disaster strikes. In a departure from her Jack Haldean mysteries (Trouble Brewing, 2012, etc.), Gordon-Smith presents an exciting spy thriller full of period charm.