A British doctor turned spy battles an unknown traitor.
Anthony Brooke would rather be helping the wounded on a World War I battlefield, but his excellent German makes him a natural for espionage in Kiel. When dying Irish-American reporter and spy Terence Cavanaugh gasps out a cryptic message—something about Star’s Anger, a spy in England and reading Frankie’s letter—Brooke, his cover blown, barely escapes. Back in England, his boss, Sir Charles Talbot, asks him to uncover the German spy in their midst, warning him that it might be an Englishman. By chance, he sees a familiar gentleman and a stunning woman on the street. When the woman mentions Star Anger, he tracks the pair down. The couple are publishing magnate Patrick Sherston and his French wife, Josette. By agreeing to give Sherston the story of his thrilling escape from Germany, Brooke wangles an invitation to Sherston’s estate, Starhanger(!), where he meets Sherston’s sister-in-law, a widow working for Ireland’s freedom, and her daughter Tara. Tara, an intelligent young woman, falls for Brooke, but he only has eyes for Josette. When Brooke discovers that a popular gossip column in one of Sherston’s magazines is called “Frankie’s Letter,” he realizes that he is on the right track. The column is full of coded messages giving the Germans priceless information. But no one knows who writes the column, which Sherston claims is sent to him anonymously. Sir Charles knows the Germans are planning something big, but it’s up to Brooke to learn the truth before disaster strikes.
In a departure from her Jack Haldean mysteries (Trouble Brewing, 2012, etc.), Gordon-Smith presents an exciting spy thriller full of period charm.