Wednesday, December 13, 2023

The Unlikely Spy by Sophie Schiller



One woman on a hopeless mission in Panama.

How far will she go to help the Allies? 

The Unlikely Spy

by Sophie Schiller

Genre: Historical Spy Thriller

Casablanca meets Notorious in a Hitchcock-style thriller of espionage, romance, adventure, and intrigue.

During the Great War in 1917, Emma Christensen is a young widow who returns to the islands to reclaim the life and the villa she left behind. When she discovers that her husband has disinherited her in favor of his young heir—an illegitimate son—she soon finds herself penniless. She is approached by Cornelius Smith, a businessman who offers her an alternative: infiltrate the suspicious Hamburg-American Line and spy on its nefarious leader, Julius Luckner, to gain valuable business intelligence for his firm. It doesn’t take long for Emma to realize that both Smith and Luckner are not as they seem. Close to the Allies but even closer to the enemy, Emma bravely engages in missions that could blow her cover at any moment. But with the Panama Canal at stake, how far will she go to help the Allies? A thriller in the style of Hitchcock that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

"A great read about a female spy during WWI...a really good, fast paced historical thriller." -Chelsie S., Vine Voice

A gripping and suspenseful World War I spy thriller from an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer.

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Emma rolled up the paper and stuck it inside a cigarette. She stuck the cigarette back in its pack and closed it. Then she crept downstairs to deliver it to Maxwell, who received it with a nod. She returned to her room and locked the door behind her, still jittery. She got dressed and fixed her hair and makeup, wondering why Julius Luckner had invited her to the dinner party. Something about it rattled her. He was an enigma. What he did after work was a mystery to everyone. He lived alone in a fine house in Queen’s Quarter and rarely had visitors. He was a bit of a loner, never married, but socially very suave. From what she could tell, he had few close friends aside from Otto Schmidt and the steamer captains. His charm and savoir faire opened many doors for him, but the nature of his business and his past dubious dealings meant that his relationship with the governor was cordial, but not close. He mostly kept a low profile around town. What Emma failed to notice was that, across the square, the man in the brown suit was watching her every move, waiting for her to leave the hotel. 

Sophie Schiller is an author of historical fiction and spy thrillers. She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic and far-flung locations. Kirkus Reviews has called her "an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer." Publishers Weekly called her novel, ISLAND ON FIRE, "a memorable romantic thriller", her novel RACE TO TIBET, “a thrilling yarn,” and her TRANSFER DAY, “a page-turner with emotional resonance.” Kirkus Reviews called her latest novel, THE LOST DIARY OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON, "an engaging coming-of-age story of heartbreak, bravery, honor, and triumph." Her latest novel is THE UNLIKELY SPY, a historical spy thriller set during WWI. She graduated from American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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1 comment:

Marcy Meyer said...

This sounds like a story I would enjoy reading. Thanks for sharing.