Thursday, September 12, 2019

Ten top spy novels by women, about women

Susan Elia MacNeal is the author of The New York Times, Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today-bestselling Maggie Hope mystery series, starting with the Edgar Award-nominated and Barry Award-winning Mr. Churchill’s Secretary.

Her latest book is The Prisoner in the Castle, the eighth novel in the series.

At CrimeReads, MacNeal tagged ten "favorite novels with female spies, written by women (with one exception), and inspired by the feats of the heroic women who served as spies in WWII." One title on the list:
Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin

Melanie Benjamin’s Mistress of the Ritz is based on the real-life stories of the American women who secretly worked for the Resistance, while mingling with the occupying Germans at the iconic Hôtel Ritz in Paris. Benjamin weaves in the true story of Blanche Auzello (née Rubenstein) who was the wife of the long-reigning Managing Director of the Ritz, Claude Auzello. If you’d like to read more about Madam Auzello, read Queen of the Ritz, by Samuel Marx.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue