A Prince and a Spy by Rory Clements

A Prince and a Spy was published this year (2021) by Pegasus Books. It is set during World War II and the basis of the story is an actual historical event. In 1942, Prince George, Duke of Kent and Queen Elizabeth II’s uncle, died when his military plane crashed in Scotland on its way to … Continue reading A Prince and a Spy by Rory Clements

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré (1974)

  '...Mr George Smiley was not naturally equipped for hurrying in the rain, least of all at dead of night...Small, podgy and at best middle-aged, he was by appearance one of London's meek who do not inherit the earth.'Control, the commander of the Circus (the highest level of British Intelligence) is eased out of his … Continue reading Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré (1974)

Mr. Standfast – How do I Love Thee? Let me Count the Ways…

This is the third time I’ve read Mr. Standfast by John Buchan. It’s one of my favourite books by this author and the third time around hasn’t diminished my ardour.Mr. Standfast is the third book of five in Buchan’s Richard Hannay novels that began with The Thirty-Nine Steps, and was followed by Greenmantle. The book … Continue reading Mr. Standfast – How do I Love Thee? Let me Count the Ways…

The Thirty-nine Steps by John Buchan

The Thirty-nine Steps, written in 1914, is the first of five thriller/espionage novels in the Richard Hannay series by John Buchan. Barely a hundred pages long, Buchan's story begins with his thirty-seven year old hero returning to England after a long period in Africa. Disappointed and fed up after only a month of his new … Continue reading The Thirty-nine Steps by John Buchan