Advance reader reviews of Signed Mata Hari by Yannick Murphy.

Signed Mata Hari

A Novel

By Yannick Murphy

Signed Mata Hari
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2007,
    288 pages.

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  • Cynthia (Aurora CO)

    A rapid and exotic read
    I enjoyed this book. The time-jumping, vignette chapters gave this book a crisp pace. The lush and exotic prose provided a stark contrast to Mata Hari's despair while bringing to life her sensuality and sexuality. Disappointedly, the focus on Mata Hari's despair left little exploration of her success as a dancer throughout Europe. My first literary exposure to Mata Hari and I found myself wanting more. Fans of historical fiction would enjoy this book.
  • Ashley (EASTON PA)

    Signed, Mata Hari: A Novel
    With short chapters and a flowing writing style, Murphy's newest novel is an easy read. I found myself instantly engaged with the life of Mata Hari, the German spy during World War II. It was interesting to read about Mata Hari's life before she became a spy. However, the novel becomes confusing because during the switch of chapters, the author changes the point of view from Mata Hari's first person, to third person and finally to "You," putting the reader into the story. I found this hard to follow at times during the beginning of the novel. Although, the end was a wonderful wrap-up to the story, showing stories from Anna Lintjens, Mata Hari's maid, her daughter, and one of the guards at the prison. Over all, it was definitely worth the read and I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in a fictional biography.
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