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The Spy Wore Silk by Andrea Pickens
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Jan 04, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: espionage, historical-fiction, romance
Read in January, 2009

The start of a series of historical romances starring the pupils of a British school for female spies during the time of the Napoleonic wars. For this mission, Siena is called upon to determine which member of a rare book collecting society is selling government secrets to the French, so she passes herself off as a flamboyant courtesan and puts the men through a series of competitions for her favor, aimed at drawing out qualities that would reveal the traitor. One of the suspects--naturally, the most obvious suspect in many ways--is disconcertingly attractive, and finds his curiosity aroused by this mysterious woman despite his best efforts to ignore her. Intrigue ensues; along with the many other confrontations on the way to recognizing their feelings for each other, there's a bit of strip fencing.

All in good fun, and Perkins manages to work in some references to her heroines practicing tai chi and yoga without coming off too anachronistic. (After all, her espionage bureau has to be rather worldly by default...)
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NorthernLightsGirl What a great review! :) Now I can't wait to read this one.

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