Fans of crime and espionage will love The Innocent Spy, especially knowing that it's just the first in a series starring detective Ted Stratton, a character who readers will welcome in future installments. Much of the story line is based around real-life events and personalities, and Laura Wilson blends them all into a captivating mystery concerning a local murder and WWII spies.
Along with Colonel Forbes-James, based on the spymaster Charles Maxwell Knight, Ms. Wilson employs other fascinating characters, such as Diana, an attractive, upper-class girl, (based on Joan Miller, 1918-1984) who successfully infiltrated an anti-semitic organization known as the Right Club in the 1940s. (See sidebar for an historical guide to main characters). Because so many of the characters are based on historical figures, I suggest the reader take a peek at the authors background notes at ...
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