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Mistress Spy by Pamela Mingle. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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A determined sister . . .
Madeleine Vernon’s dreams should be filled with elegant gowns and marriageable men. Instead, she dreams of avenging her brother’s death. But when she’s captured by the queen’s men, she’s forced to become a spy by her mysterious yet undeniably attractive captor.

A rakish spy . . .
After years of working for his father in Queen Elizabeth’s service, Nicholas Ryder is close to going his own way. But now he’s got a feisty beauty he must protect or risk her execution as a traitor to the crown. She’s a distraction he can’t afford, but he also can’t stop thinking about her.

A dangerous lie . . .
It is Nicholas’s job to foil plots against Elizabeth, and he sends Maddy into a household of suspected traitors to garner what information she can. As the line between captor and prisoner blurs, deceit, betrayal, and desire become a perilous mix. Ultimately, Nicholas must decide whether duty to the queen is more important than winning Maddy’s heart.


Mistress Madeline Vernon made the mistake of taking part in a rebellion against Queen Elizabeth.  She was bullied by the men who took her prisoner into taking work with a suspect household or following her brother to the executioner.  She is in a high risk situation,  not knowing who to trust. 
Nicholas Ryder works for his father as part of the Queen's information gathering network.  He is not happy about putting a woman at risk,  but needs must.  He would much rather look after his nephew and his roses. 
The danger and intrigue in this period of history is fascinating. Lots of action and emotion make this a real page turner. 
I loved the unusual characters. 




Pamela Mingle is a former teacher and librarian who was fortunate enough to choose writing as a third career. Or maybe it chose her. :) She loves to create romantic tales that play out against historical events and always includes some humor in her books. 

Pam and her husband enjoy walking in the UK--even though she's done her share of whining on those fifteen-mile days. The walking trips have been an ideal way to discover new settings for her books.

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