If You Like….

In honour of Augustus’s underground activities, if you like Napoleonic era spies, you’ll probably like….

— Joanna Bourne’s The Spymaster’s Lady, which does a wonderful job showing us the perspective of a French agent;

— Tracy Grant’s Charles & Melanie books, Beneath a Silent Moon and Secrets of a Lady, and her more recent Suzanne & Malcolm books, Vienna Waltz and Imperial Scandal, all featuring a husband and wife spy team with sometimes conflicting loyalties;

— Julia Quinn’s To Catch an Heiress, which features some great comic spying;

— anything with Bernard Cornwell’s Richard Sharpe
in it (although Sharpe may not spy himself, he certainly encounters quite a few during his time in the Peninsula);

— and, of course, that demmed elusive Pimpernel.

Which Napoleonic spy-based novels would you recommend?


  1. Cate on February 20, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    There’s a wonderful YA novel, Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly. It’s partly set in 2000, and the other half in the Reign of Terror, but it involves the discovery of the diary of a girl hired by Philippe Égalité to be a spy in the Royal household.

  2. NIcole N on February 21, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Patrick O’Brian’s naval series that begins with Master and Commander. Jack Aubrey is a Captain in the Royal Navy. Stephen Maturin is ship’s surgeon and a spy.

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