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London Spies, SJ Slagle

Action & Adventure, Historical Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Murder & Crime, Mystery & Suspense, Thriller & Psychological Thriller

London Spies is an award winning book of historical fiction set in London, England at the end of World War II.
Phyllis Bowden, a secretary at the American Embassy, is catapulted into the limelight when the Military Attache is arrested for espionage and her boss, the Assistant Military Attache, assumes the position.
The arrest throws suspicion on everyone at the Embassy, particularly the Military Attache’s secretary whose attempted suicide convinces Phyllis to be more curious about what really happened. With bombs still falling on a devastated city, Phyllis begins asking questions but she never imagined the dark underbelly of diplomacy. Entering a shadowy world of cryptic messages, secret rendezvous and dangerous men, Phyllis learns quickly that a safety net doesn’t exist and if she wants to survive, she better figure out the game fast.

London Spies is book one in the Phyllis Bowden series written by SJ Slagle and wow, what a stellar start to a series! London Spies for me was thrilling, captivating and addictive right from the start and I felt this from beginning to end. London Spies was captivating to me from the start thanks to the premise of the story and the bewitching literature courtesy of the author, SJ Slagle who from the start hooked me with her fantastic story that was unlike anything I have read before. It is rare to find a novel which combines the themes this book does, and that is refreshing to me, and it is even more challenging to discover a story that does not rely on cheap thrills! London Spies does have thrilling moments however they are tasteful and in no way gimmicky which is always fantastic in a book!

London Spies is an intriguing book that will take readers back in time to the end of WWII in London, England and it is here that the reader will be introduced to the protagonist of the novel, Phyllis Bowden. Phyllis is a secretary working at the American Embassy and although her job usually runs smoothly, it does not soon into the novel as the ‘Military Attache is arrested for espionage.’ The shocking arrest casts suspicion on all those that work at the embassy including those very close to Phyllis. This causes Phyllis to be more cautious about those around her, and soon she will learn that she is going to have to find out what has truly happened in order to survive before it is too late, and this book lovers is the premise of the thrilling London Spies!

The premise of London Spies is exceptional, original and unlike anything I have read before. I loved the many themes and elements explored throughout the book, and all themes are explored by Slagle wonderfully, and she does this by lacing these interesting themes throughout the text flawlessly and weaving them with the story. The result of this makes London Spies a highly addictive and fascinating read that is never once lackluster or predictable. Slagle really has accomplished the near impossible, Slagle has managed to write an entertaining, bewitching and flawless story that will perfectly unfold in readers minds like a movie and now that I think about it, why is this book not a movie already!

SJ Slagle is a phenomenal writer who knows how to grasp her reader’s attention from the first page. Slagle instead of writing long, drawn-out builds up which are commonly found in novels, decides to ditch this approach and thrust her reader into the heart of the story straight away so that the reader is instantly captivated and immersed. I personally love this approach, what is the point of having a long build-up with little excitement? This is only necessary if the author in question can’t develop the characters in the story quickly, but with London Spies, the reader, will not encounter this issue because Slagle instantly develops her characters and makes the reader invest in not only them but also their journey.

Overall London Spies is a thrilling, compelling and thought-provoking novel that will easily entertain readers for many days and nights and so I, of course, have to award this stellar gem of a book five stars! If you are a reader who loves historical fiction as well as mystery and crime, then I implore you to read London Spies; it is a fast-paced, action-packed novel that should not be missed so have a read of the preview below and get reading! Keep an eye out for my spotlight for the author SJ Slagle which will be live soon book lovers, you don’t want to miss it!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much, I love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please comment below and let me know your thoughts on London Spies. Do you see yourself reading this book? Do you love the genre? Please let me know your brilliant thoughts below and I will be sure to comment back. Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for Amazon U.K..

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Thanks, Aimee, for the great review! You mentioned that London Spies was unlike anything you had read before and I have an explanation for its uniqueness. The protagonist, Phyllis Bowden, is loosely based on my cousin and her wartime experiences in WWII. Milmae Gray was a young secretary at the Justice Department in 1944 when she read about an opening at the American Embassy in London. Even though the war was still ongoing in Europe and London was being bombed, my cousin packed her bags to go overseas on what would become the first of many adventures, pre and post… Read more »

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