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Reading list: Women of Intelligence
In tune with the 2018 BookLikes "Summer of Spies" and my "Women Writers" project, a few books on spies and spying written by women ... and a few books on woman spies written by men.
Note: 007, from Jane Moneypenny's POV.
Note: "The Queen of Spy Novelists" -- or so they call her. With reason.
Note: Book no. 2 in the Liz Carlyle series -- book no. 1 is "At Risk". I liked it.
Note: ... and book no. 3 is as good as its predecessors ...
Note: ... as is Rimington's autobiography.
Note: The author -- and the book -- that inspired the James Bond novels.
Note: Added at Tigus's suggestion, and what a good suggestion it was!
Note: Pass the gin. (Also: strictly on audio.) ... Or so I thought. Actually, this turned out surprisingly entertaining!
Note: Not the best of Christie's spy fiction (surprisingly, even when compared with "They Came to Baghdad", above), but bearable, and it definitely benefited from the audio abridgment ... and from being narrated by Samantha Bond.
Note: An English actress in early 1930s Berlin, infiltrating the social circle of Magda Goebbels: surprisingly well-researched and well-executed.
Note: An alternative post-9/11 Germany (and Eastern Europe) -- not half as well realized as Jane Thynne's 1930s Berlin in "Black Roses" (above).
Note: A misfit, from Bethesda, MD, to spying in Argentina.
Thanks for the recommendation, Mike (audiobookjunkie)!
Note: Judging by the blurbs, most of Lynds's books don't appeal to me, but this one sounds like it might.
Note: First in the series -- OK, though not great (but it got better towards the end). I may give the series another shot, but probably not very soon.
Note: Plame Wilson's autiobiography, OTOH, somehow reads more timely than ever now.
Note: Working with the French Résistance was just one of Josephine Baker's many occupations and faces.
Note: The Confederate spy whom Southern newspapers alternately celebrated as "Joan of Arc of the South", "Siren of the Shenandoah", and "Cleopatra of the Secession".
Note: Mata Hari
Note: An Australian in the French Résistance. The Nazis called her "The White Mouse", due to her nimbleness and skill at evading capture.
Note: Well, look and behold what updating my personal library data has produced ... I didn't even remember this was on my TBR! But how can this possibly *not* be on my "Summer of Spies" reading list?
Note: Honorary mention: Perhaps not a spy novel as such, but the mother of all swashbucklers -- written by a woman, and starring a power couple specializing in infiltrating the enemy's side every which way and then some.
"They seek him here, they seek him there ..."
Note: (... and for an encore ...)
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