An Unlikely Agent

Jane Menczer

London, 1905. Margaret Trant lives with her ailing, irascible mother in a dreary boarding house in St John's Wood. The pair have fallen on hard times, with only Margaret's meagre salary from a ramshackle import-export company keeping them afloat.
Date Published :
October 2018
Publisher :
Polygon
Language:
English
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781846973802
Pages : 400
Dimensions : 7.7 X 5.1 inches
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$13.95

Overview
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London, 1905. Margaret Trant lives with her ailing, irascible mother in a dreary boarding house in St John’s Wood. The pair have fallen on hard times, with only Margaret’s meagre salary from a ramshackle import-export company keeping them afloat. When a stranger on the tram hands her a newspaper open at the recruitment page, Margaret spots an advertisement that promises to ‘open new horizons beyond your wildest dreams!’. After a gruelling interview, she finds herself in a new position as a secretary in a dingy backstreet shop. But all is not as it seems; she is in fact working for a highly secret branch of the intelligence service, Bureau 8, whose mission is to track down and neutralise a ruthless band of anarchists known as The Scorpions.Margaret’s guilty love of detective fiction scarcely prepares her for the reality of true criminality, and her journey of self-discovery forms the heart of this remarkable novel, as she discovers in herself resourcefulness, courage, independence and the first stirrings of love.

About The Author
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Jane Menczer Was Born In Winchester And Now Lives In Cambridge. She Has Worked In A West End Theatre, As A Nanny, As A Waitress, And As A Bookseller. Working With Germaine Greer On Her Dissertation Awakened An Interest In All The Talented And Heroic Women From Other Eras Who Have Been Overlooked Or Forgotten, And Directly Influenced The Creation Of The Character Of Miss Trant. Jane Currently Teaches Drama At A Comprehensive School Near Cambridge. An Unlikely Agent Is Her First Novel.

REVIEWS
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An enthralling Edwardian espionage thriller featuring an endearing, independent female lead and lashings of intrigue… Fuelled by the heroine’s immense appeal, and the flawless plotting, this is an engrossing read… and I rather hope this gifted debut novelist dishes up more detective delights in the very near future'

- Joanne Owen, LoveReading.co.uk

Fast-moving and great fun, this is a thoroughly enjoyable read'

- Journal of the Legal Society of Scotland

If your tastes run to old-fashioned Buchanesque stories pitting plucky Brits against scurrilous foreign agents threatening to bring down the established order, Jane Menczer has just the thing. There’s a lot of fun to be had and a few violent scenes aside, it’s a charming piece of work'

- Herald

Menczer plunges the reader into 1905 and intricately weaves remarkably evocative descriptions of the time into a riveting plot. Her sense of pace combined with clear grasp of character and period make this a read that flows like a wild river – packed full of eddies and rapids that will leave the reader exhilarated'

- The Bookbag.co.uk

Menczer’s debut novel is remarkable ... If you are looking for a beautifully written gentle and funny thriller, full of twists and turns, and with a strong female lead, this is a compelling and recommended read' – 

- Historical Novel Society

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