Tuesday, October 3, 2023

A Traitor in Whitehall (The Parisian Orphan) by Julia Kelly


1940, England: Evelyne Redfern, known as “The Parisian Orphan” as a child, is working on the line at a munitions factory in wartime London. When Mr. Fletcher, one of her father’s old friends, spots Evelyne on a night out, Evelyne finds herself plunged into the world of Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s cabinet war rooms.

However, shortly after she settles into her new role as a secretary, one of the girls at work is murdered, and Evelyne must use all of her amateur sleuthing expertise to find the killer. But doing so puts her right in the path of David Poole, a cagey minister’s aide who seems determined to thwart her investigations. That is, until Evelyne finds out David’s real mission is to root out a mole selling government secrets to Britain’s enemies, and the pair begrudgingly team up.

With her quick wit, sharp eyes, and determination, will Evelyne be able to find out who’s been selling England’s secrets and catch a killer, all while battling her growing attraction to David?


About The Author


Julia Kelly is the international bestselling author of historical fiction and historical mystery novels about the extraordinary stories of the past. Her books have been translated into 13 languages. In addition to writing, she’s been an Emmy-nominated producer, journalist, marketing professional, and (for one summer) a tea waitress. Julia called Los Angeles, Iowa, and New York City home before settling in London.


My Review

I really enjoyed this story of the secret underground bunker where the war effort was being fought. When I was finished, I sure wouldn't have wanted to work there, but it gave a great idea of what these people were going through to defeat the evil that was overrunning Europe.
We put faces to these people and I could just picture fresh on the job Evelyne, and she is putting her sharp mind to work, in more ways than one.
There is a slight romance beginning, but it is so beginning you really don't realize. David Poole and Evelyne are in some was thrust together and end up feeling each other out in the quest for answers to a murder, and the leaking of secrets.
You soon find yourself ducking the bombs that are rocking their underground conclave, and then we see the destruction!
The answers come, was I surprised, yes, but some were questionable in the beginning, but this does become complex, but there is an enemy to be fought.
Now I can't wait for the next book in this series!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher St. Martin's Press, and was not required to give a positive review. 

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