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Reading list: Women of Intelligence

Created by: Themis-Athena's Garden of Books

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.

Books: 17

1.
The Moneypenny Diaries: Guardian Angel - Kate Westbrook
The Moneypenny Diaries: Guardian Angel
Note: 007, from Jane Moneypenny's POV.
2.
Above Suspicion - Helen MacInnes
Above Suspicion
Note: "The Queen of Spy Novelists"? Or so they call her ... we'll see.
3.
Secret Asset - Stella Rimington
Secret Asset
Note: Book no. 2 in the Liz Carlyle series -- book no. 1 is "At Risk". I liked it.
4.
Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Direc... - Stella Rimington
Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director-General of MI5
Note:
5.
The Lifeline - Phyllis Bottome
The Lifeline
Note: The author -- and the book -- that inspired the James Bond novels.
6.
They Came to Baghdad - Agatha Christie
They Came to Baghdad
Note: Pass the gin. (Also: strictly on audio.)
7.
Black Roses - Jane Thynne
Black Roses
Note:
8.
The Cutout - Francine Mathews
The Cutout
Note:
9.
The Assassins (The Judd Ryder Books) - Gayle Lynds
The Assassins (The Judd Ryder Books)
Note: Judging by the blurbs, most of Lynds's books don't appeal to me, but this one sounds like it might.
10.
Blowback: A Vanessa Pierson Novel - Valerie Plame, Sarah Lovett
Blowback: A Vanessa Pierson Novel
Note: First in the series.
11.
Fair Game: How a Top CIA Agent Was Betrayed by Her... - Valerie Plame Wilson, Laura Rozen
Fair Game: How a Top CIA Agent Was Betrayed by Her Own Government
Note:
12.
The Many Faces of Josephine Baker - Peggy Caravantes
The Many Faces of Josephine Baker
Note: Working with the French Résistance was just one of Josephine Baker's many occupations and faces.
13.
Belle Boyd - Ruth Scarborough
Belle Boyd
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".
14.
The Spy - Paulo Coelho
The Spy
Note: Mata Hari
15.
Nancy Wake: SOE's Greatest Heroine - Russell Braddon
Nancy Wake: SOE's Greatest Heroine
Note: An Australian in the French Résistance. The Nazis called her "The White Mouse", due to her nimbleness and skill at evading capture.
16.
The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the ... - Peter Finn, Petra Couvée
The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book
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?
17.
The Scarlet Pimpernel - Emmuska Orczy, Gary Hoppenstand
The Scarlet Pimpernel
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 ..."
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Comments:
Murder by Death
No Helen MacInnes? Have you read her work? If you did, did you like it?
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
She's at no. 2 on the list -- I've limited it to 1 book per author, except where there's both a memoir and a fiction title. Haven't read anything by MacInnes yet, so I'll be curious about this one.
Murder by Death
omg... obviously I wasn't awake yet.... sorry. :P
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
No worries, I completely missed a comment on BT's "Summer with a Side of Spies" list the other day, too (late in the evening my time). I'm sure there's a lesson in there somewhere, just can't put my finger on it ... :D
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Edited the list to add "The Zhivago Affair" -- a nonfiction spy story (co-written by a woman) involving a literary classic? That book *so* belongs here ...

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