Full of suspense, courage, and love, A Beautiful Spy is a stunningly written story about resisting the norm and following your dreams, even if they come with sacrifices.
Minnie Gray is an ordinary young woman. She is also a spy for the British government.
It all began in the summer of 1928...
Minnie is supposed to find a nice man, get married, and have children. The problem is that it doesn’t appeal to her at all. She is working as a secretary, but longs to make a difference.
Then, one day, she gets her chance. She is recruited by the British government as a spy. Under strict instructions not to tell anyone, not even her family, she moves to London and begins her mission—to infiltrate the Communist movement.
She soon gains the trust of important leaders. But as she grows more and more entangled in the workings of the movement, her job becomes increasingly dangerous. Leading a double life starts to take its toll on her relationships and, feeling more isolated than ever, she begins to wonder how this is all going to end. The Russians are notorious for ruthlessly disposing of people, given the slightest suspicion.
Rachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she taught publishing and creative writing at the University of East Anglia until deciding to become a full-time writer. She is the Sunday Times (London) bestselling author of ten novels, including The Love Child. She is married to the writer D.J. Taylor and they have three sons. Visit her at RachelHore.co.uk and connect with her on Twitter @RachelHore.
“Intrepid, intriguing Minnie Gray, based on the life and work of spy Olga Gray, is a heroine who will have you rooting for her from beginning to end.” — Toronto Star
“Fantastic . . . Exciting, impeccably researched, and full of powerful period atmosphere.” — Daily Mail
“Hore has written a masterful novel, rich in period detail, and her heroine is an unforgettable character—an ordinary young woman who achieves extraordinary things for her country.” — Sunday Express
“Set against the backdrop of London, this richly atmospheric and thrilling novel is fabulously written and truly unforgettable.” — Daily Hive
“Stunning. A masterclass in storytelling. Flawless writing and a great plot that builds suspense . . . This is one of those unforgettable books whose characters stay with you and whom you miss when they’re gone . . . I loved every moment.” — DINAH JEFFERIES, author of The Tuscan Contessa
“A superb novel. I absolutely loved it. Rachel Hore brilliantly contrasts the thrilling world of high-stakes politics with the inner life of a passionate woman leading a dangerous double existence.” — WENDY HOLDEN, author of The Governess
“Phenomenal! Absolutely loved it. I was rooting for Minnie from page one right to the very end . . . What a treat of a read.” — TRACY REES, author of The House at Silvermoor