A Game of Spies
Book 2 in Heart in Hazard Series
When Josette Sourantine visits her widowed sister-in-law in London, she finds Celeste hosting twice-weekly salons for dancing, flirtations, and gambling on cards. With a talent for whist, she is commanded by Celeste to have charge of the card room. Very quickly she attracts attention from the cynical rake Tobias Kennit as well as the handsome society prize Lord Gordon Musgrove. Yet it is the mysterious Giles Hargreaves who intrigues her.
Col. Giles Hargreaves, son of the Marquess of Grasmere, has found the émigré spying for Napoleon, but he cannot arrest her until he locates the source feeding her vital government secrets. He attends the Sourantine salons hoping to locate the man stealing the information for Celeste which she then smuggles to France. He decides to dally with Celeste only to be distracted by the lovely Josette.
As their mutual attraction turns into flirtation then deepens into something neither wants to name, Giles worries he is blinding himself. Josette is the spy’s sister; how could she not be embroiled in the betrayal of England?
Josette fears she is giving her heart to a man who is more of a rake than Tobias Kennit. How can he love her when they have known each other so briefly?
When the net begins to close around the spy and her compatriots, Josette is caught up as well. Will Giles lose her just when he’s given is heart to her?
A sweet Regency historical of 88,800 words.
To the Reader: A Game of Spies follows A Game of Secrets, which is a complete novel with no cliff-hangers. While readers may find that reading the first novel creates a fuller experience, it is not necessary to read it in order to enjoy this book. And while the trilogy concludes with A Game of Hearts, another novel that stands on its own, A Game of Spies does not end with a cliff-hanger.
Starting in my pre-teens, I devoured books. I solved locked room mysteries with Dame Agatha Christie and contended with the lonesome prairie through B.M. Bower’s words. The grand quartet of Mary Stewart, Phyllis A. Whitney, Dorothy Eden, and Victoria Holt lured me in with romantic suspense. Georgette Heyer’s regency romps and clever mysteries tugged me away from many homework assignments and house chores. Andre Norton expanded my world into the stars and alternate universes.
These writers did more than entertain and expand my world: they taught me that life is not simplicity; it is complexity.
As I finished writing the first three books in my Hearts in Hazard series, I realized that these novels were my attempt at the spy and smuggler stories, a tiny tribute to four great works of romantic suspense: Jane Aiken Hodge’s thrilling Watch the Wall, My Darling; Georgette Heyer’s amusing The Unknown Ajax; Daphne du Maurier’s dangerous Jamaica Inn; and my favorite of all, Mary Stewart’s This Rough Magic.
I hope that A Game of Secrets and A Game of Spies and A Game of Hearts give to you a portion of delight that each of these books and their phenomenal authors gave to me.