A Treachery of Spies

A Treachery of Spies

A Treachery of Spies is an espionage thriller to rival the very best, a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse, played in the shadows, which will keep you guessing every step of the way. An elderly woman of striking beauty is found murdered in Orleans, France. Her identity has been cleverly erased but the method of her death is very specific: she has been killed in the manner of A Treachery of Spies is an espionage thriller to rival the very best, a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse, played in ...

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Title:A Treachery of Spies
Author:Manda Scott
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Genres:Mystery
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:480 pages pages

A Treachery of Spies Reviews

  • Jo
    Sep 14, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

  • Paul
    Jul 04, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

    Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC. Manda Scott always amazing me with how seamless she weaves the past and present in her novels. This novel will blow you away. It's one of those books you don't want to end but can't stop reading. The characte...

    One of the best spy thrillers I have read in a long time. Cleverly written, well researched, will keep you guessing till the very end. ...

    Sometimes you are depressed when you finish a book; you want it to go on you are so caught up in the story and the characters. I am so delighted to have finished A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott. Firstly, it is such a wonderful historical novel with a modern crime drama to finish ...

    What a marvellous book! I bought it as a bit of a punt during a post-payday book spree, largely on the basis of a very favourable review in The Times. I have been sold the dummy by those reviews before, of course, but I am glad I heeded this one. It moves between the present day an...

    One of the main ideas behind this book, and the one that sets it apart for me, is its use of the notion that the Nazis who were rehabilitated in the West for strategic reasons could have greatly influenced the politics of the countries that "adopted" them. With its two-track design,...

    Two great stories rolled into one. A second world war espionage story that Len Deighton would have been proud of, and a modern crime story worthy of any of the present day authors writing excellent crime fiction. The murder of an elderly lady in Orleans, France, is a horrible crime ...

    It's been quite a while since I felt so desperate to read and understand the outcome of a book. With friends popping around last night I pressed hard to find out what happened near the end, before they arrived, but failed. I realised this finale wasn't worthy of such a fevered read, bu...

    This is the second book involving the female police detective Ines Picaut. She returns to work after the trauma of events in book one and is thrust into the deep end with grisly murder of a woman in her 90's. As she finds out more about the victim she is taken back to the German occupa...

    A really gripping story full of action and suspense telling the story of the maquis in World War II. Listened to the audible version of this and the narrators really did a wonderful job of bringing it all to life. Absolutely loved it. ...

    I have just finished reading one of the best WW2 spy stories I have ever read. Manda Scott has written an amazing story spanning the past and the present with consummate ease. It's a complex plot but the writing makes it flow and it's easy to follow the ins and outs, turns and counter ...

    Orléans detective Inès Picaut is called in to investigate the murder of an elderly woman, who has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two. The murder coincides with a security conference in the city, including key US personnel, and she is under politi...

    Although I would not disagree with much that has been said about this novel by other reviewers, ultimately A Treachery of Spies left me disappointed. It is extremely well researched and for the most part, particularly in the war sequences, gripping. The mystery unfolds gradually leavin...

    Set in present day France, with topical mentions of Je Suis Charlie and the terrorist attacks in Paris, which gives an air of reality right from the beginning. Sophie, a member of the French resistance in the 1940?s, is found murdered in a quite gruesome way and so it begins. Ther...

    "What happens to the soul of a nation if into its body politic is injected the undiluted virus of Nazism?" This compelling question sets the framework for much of this intriguing and gripping thriller. What begins as a modern-day mystery soon becomes a search for a network of spies bur...

    The death of an elderly French woman kicks off "A Treachery of Spies," an engrossing and suspenseful spy thriller. The manner of the woman's death is soon determined: she had been killed in the manner of traitors to the French Resistance in World War Two. Her identity, though, is somet...

    As crime thrillers go, this is definitely up there with the best. Scott has woven a story that features not only a very strong 'whodunnit' but also a fascinating historical thriller. In the historical part of the story, we follow a Maquis group (French resistance) trying to defeat the ...

    I have read a lot of Manda Scott and this is another cracker, full of page-turning drama. I enjoyed the parallel stories of present day crime thriller and WW2 Maquis action around the D-Day landings. However, I did get a bit muddled with all the characters and keeping track of who's wh...

    I was sent a copy of A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott to read and review by NetGalley. This is easily one of my favourite books of the year so far ? and I?ve read quite a few! Variously set between the present day and 1944, it is a murder mystery with a difference. It is fast p...

    Picked up a free Proof Copy with no previous knowledge of the book or the author. Cracking stand alone read. Very well written, keeping me engaged throughout and loving the development of the characters. Some books go into too much detail about the characters; back story; and so on - b...

  • S.J.A. Turney
    Aug 08, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

  • Angela Smith
    Sep 09, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

    Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC. Manda Scott always amazing me with how seamless she weaves the past and present in her novels. This novel will blow you away. It's one of those books you don't want to end but can't stop reading. The characte...

    One of the best spy thrillers I have read in a long time. Cleverly written, well researched, will keep you guessing till the very end. ...

    Sometimes you are depressed when you finish a book; you want it to go on you are so caught up in the story and the characters. I am so delighted to have finished A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott. Firstly, it is such a wonderful historical novel with a modern crime drama to finish ...

    What a marvellous book! I bought it as a bit of a punt during a post-payday book spree, largely on the basis of a very favourable review in The Times. I have been sold the dummy by those reviews before, of course, but I am glad I heeded this one. It moves between the present day an...

    One of the main ideas behind this book, and the one that sets it apart for me, is its use of the notion that the Nazis who were rehabilitated in the West for strategic reasons could have greatly influenced the politics of the countries that "adopted" them. With its two-track design,...

    Two great stories rolled into one. A second world war espionage story that Len Deighton would have been proud of, and a modern crime story worthy of any of the present day authors writing excellent crime fiction. The murder of an elderly lady in Orleans, France, is a horrible crime ...

    It's been quite a while since I felt so desperate to read and understand the outcome of a book. With friends popping around last night I pressed hard to find out what happened near the end, before they arrived, but failed. I realised this finale wasn't worthy of such a fevered read, bu...

    This is the second book involving the female police detective Ines Picaut. She returns to work after the trauma of events in book one and is thrust into the deep end with grisly murder of a woman in her 90's. As she finds out more about the victim she is taken back to the German occupa...

  • Nick Brett
    Jun 05, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

  • Tracey
    Sep 15, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

    Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC. Manda Scott always amazing me with how seamless she weaves the past and present in her novels. This novel will blow you away. It's one of those books you don't want to end but can't stop reading. The characte...

    One of the best spy thrillers I have read in a long time. Cleverly written, well researched, will keep you guessing till the very end. ...

    Sometimes you are depressed when you finish a book; you want it to go on you are so caught up in the story and the characters. I am so delighted to have finished A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott. Firstly, it is such a wonderful historical novel with a modern crime drama to finish ...

    What a marvellous book! I bought it as a bit of a punt during a post-payday book spree, largely on the basis of a very favourable review in The Times. I have been sold the dummy by those reviews before, of course, but I am glad I heeded this one. It moves between the present day an...

    One of the main ideas behind this book, and the one that sets it apart for me, is its use of the notion that the Nazis who were rehabilitated in the West for strategic reasons could have greatly influenced the politics of the countries that "adopted" them. With its two-track design,...

    Two great stories rolled into one. A second world war espionage story that Len Deighton would have been proud of, and a modern crime story worthy of any of the present day authors writing excellent crime fiction. The murder of an elderly lady in Orleans, France, is a horrible crime ...

    It's been quite a while since I felt so desperate to read and understand the outcome of a book. With friends popping around last night I pressed hard to find out what happened near the end, before they arrived, but failed. I realised this finale wasn't worthy of such a fevered read, bu...

    This is the second book involving the female police detective Ines Picaut. She returns to work after the trauma of events in book one and is thrust into the deep end with grisly murder of a woman in her 90's. As she finds out more about the victim she is taken back to the German occupa...

    A really gripping story full of action and suspense telling the story of the maquis in World War II. Listened to the audible version of this and the narrators really did a wonderful job of bringing it all to life. Absolutely loved it. ...

  • Richard
    Oct 19, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

    Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC. Manda Scott always amazing me with how seamless she weaves the past and present in her novels. This novel will blow you away. It's one of those books you don't want to end but can't stop reading. The characte...

    One of the best spy thrillers I have read in a long time. Cleverly written, well researched, will keep you guessing till the very end. ...

    Sometimes you are depressed when you finish a book; you want it to go on you are so caught up in the story and the characters. I am so delighted to have finished A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott. Firstly, it is such a wonderful historical novel with a modern crime drama to finish ...

  • Kate
    May 14, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

  • Caroline James
    Jul 30, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

    Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC. Manda Scott always amazing me with how seamless she weaves the past and present in her novels. This novel will blow you away. It's one of those books you don't want to end but can't stop reading. The characte...

    One of the best spy thrillers I have read in a long time. Cleverly written, well researched, will keep you guessing till the very end. ...

    Sometimes you are depressed when you finish a book; you want it to go on you are so caught up in the story and the characters. I am so delighted to have finished A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott. Firstly, it is such a wonderful historical novel with a modern crime drama to finish ...

    What a marvellous book! I bought it as a bit of a punt during a post-payday book spree, largely on the basis of a very favourable review in The Times. I have been sold the dummy by those reviews before, of course, but I am glad I heeded this one. It moves between the present day an...

    One of the main ideas behind this book, and the one that sets it apart for me, is its use of the notion that the Nazis who were rehabilitated in the West for strategic reasons could have greatly influenced the politics of the countries that "adopted" them. With its two-track design,...

    Two great stories rolled into one. A second world war espionage story that Len Deighton would have been proud of, and a modern crime story worthy of any of the present day authors writing excellent crime fiction. The murder of an elderly lady in Orleans, France, is a horrible crime ...

    It's been quite a while since I felt so desperate to read and understand the outcome of a book. With friends popping around last night I pressed hard to find out what happened near the end, before they arrived, but failed. I realised this finale wasn't worthy of such a fevered read, bu...

    This is the second book involving the female police detective Ines Picaut. She returns to work after the trauma of events in book one and is thrust into the deep end with grisly murder of a woman in her 90's. As she finds out more about the victim she is taken back to the German occupa...

    A really gripping story full of action and suspense telling the story of the maquis in World War II. Listened to the audible version of this and the narrators really did a wonderful job of bringing it all to life. Absolutely loved it. ...

    I have just finished reading one of the best WW2 spy stories I have ever read. Manda Scott has written an amazing story spanning the past and the present with consummate ease. It's a complex plot but the writing makes it flow and it's easy to follow the ins and outs, turns and counter ...

    Orléans detective Inès Picaut is called in to investigate the murder of an elderly woman, who has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two. The murder coincides with a security conference in the city, including key US personnel, and she is under politi...

    Although I would not disagree with much that has been said about this novel by other reviewers, ultimately A Treachery of Spies left me disappointed. It is extremely well researched and for the most part, particularly in the war sequences, gripping. The mystery unfolds gradually leavin...

    Set in present day France, with topical mentions of Je Suis Charlie and the terrorist attacks in Paris, which gives an air of reality right from the beginning. Sophie, a member of the French resistance in the 1940?s, is found murdered in a quite gruesome way and so it begins. Ther...

    "What happens to the soul of a nation if into its body politic is injected the undiluted virus of Nazism?" This compelling question sets the framework for much of this intriguing and gripping thriller. What begins as a modern-day mystery soon becomes a search for a network of spies bur...

    The death of an elderly French woman kicks off "A Treachery of Spies," an engrossing and suspenseful spy thriller. The manner of the woman's death is soon determined: she had been killed in the manner of traitors to the French Resistance in World War Two. Her identity, though, is somet...

    As crime thrillers go, this is definitely up there with the best. Scott has woven a story that features not only a very strong 'whodunnit' but also a fascinating historical thriller. In the historical part of the story, we follow a Maquis group (French resistance) trying to defeat the ...

    I have read a lot of Manda Scott and this is another cracker, full of page-turning drama. I enjoyed the parallel stories of present day crime thriller and WW2 Maquis action around the D-Day landings. However, I did get a bit muddled with all the characters and keeping track of who's wh...

    I was sent a copy of A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott to read and review by NetGalley. This is easily one of my favourite books of the year so far ? and I?ve read quite a few! Variously set between the present day and 1944, it is a murder mystery with a difference. It is fast p...

    Picked up a free Proof Copy with no previous knowledge of the book or the author. Cracking stand alone read. Very well written, keeping me engaged throughout and loving the development of the characters. Some books go into too much detail about the characters; back story; and so on - b...

    I thought this book quite brilliant. Clever writing and page turning. It took some time for me to get into the plot but I couldn't put it down and found it a fascinating insight to a time in history that may soon be forgotten; cleverly bought up to date with a current day crime. Superb...

  • Sharyn
    Jul 20, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

    Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC. Manda Scott always amazing me with how seamless she weaves the past and present in her novels. This novel will blow you away. It's one of those books you don't want to end but can't stop reading. The characte...

    One of the best spy thrillers I have read in a long time. Cleverly written, well researched, will keep you guessing till the very end. ...

    Sometimes you are depressed when you finish a book; you want it to go on you are so caught up in the story and the characters. I am so delighted to have finished A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott. Firstly, it is such a wonderful historical novel with a modern crime drama to finish ...

    What a marvellous book! I bought it as a bit of a punt during a post-payday book spree, largely on the basis of a very favourable review in The Times. I have been sold the dummy by those reviews before, of course, but I am glad I heeded this one. It moves between the present day an...

    One of the main ideas behind this book, and the one that sets it apart for me, is its use of the notion that the Nazis who were rehabilitated in the West for strategic reasons could have greatly influenced the politics of the countries that "adopted" them. With its two-track design,...

    Two great stories rolled into one. A second world war espionage story that Len Deighton would have been proud of, and a modern crime story worthy of any of the present day authors writing excellent crime fiction. The murder of an elderly lady in Orleans, France, is a horrible crime ...

    It's been quite a while since I felt so desperate to read and understand the outcome of a book. With friends popping around last night I pressed hard to find out what happened near the end, before they arrived, but failed. I realised this finale wasn't worthy of such a fevered read, bu...

    This is the second book involving the female police detective Ines Picaut. She returns to work after the trauma of events in book one and is thrust into the deep end with grisly murder of a woman in her 90's. As she finds out more about the victim she is taken back to the German occupa...

    A really gripping story full of action and suspense telling the story of the maquis in World War II. Listened to the audible version of this and the narrators really did a wonderful job of bringing it all to life. Absolutely loved it. ...

    I have just finished reading one of the best WW2 spy stories I have ever read. Manda Scott has written an amazing story spanning the past and the present with consummate ease. It's a complex plot but the writing makes it flow and it's easy to follow the ins and outs, turns and counter ...

  • Kim
    Jul 29, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

    Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC. Manda Scott always amazing me with how seamless she weaves the past and present in her novels. This novel will blow you away. It's one of those books you don't want to end but can't stop reading. The characte...

    One of the best spy thrillers I have read in a long time. Cleverly written, well researched, will keep you guessing till the very end. ...

    Sometimes you are depressed when you finish a book; you want it to go on you are so caught up in the story and the characters. I am so delighted to have finished A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott. Firstly, it is such a wonderful historical novel with a modern crime drama to finish ...

    What a marvellous book! I bought it as a bit of a punt during a post-payday book spree, largely on the basis of a very favourable review in The Times. I have been sold the dummy by those reviews before, of course, but I am glad I heeded this one. It moves between the present day an...

    One of the main ideas behind this book, and the one that sets it apart for me, is its use of the notion that the Nazis who were rehabilitated in the West for strategic reasons could have greatly influenced the politics of the countries that "adopted" them. With its two-track design,...

    Two great stories rolled into one. A second world war espionage story that Len Deighton would have been proud of, and a modern crime story worthy of any of the present day authors writing excellent crime fiction. The murder of an elderly lady in Orleans, France, is a horrible crime ...

    It's been quite a while since I felt so desperate to read and understand the outcome of a book. With friends popping around last night I pressed hard to find out what happened near the end, before they arrived, but failed. I realised this finale wasn't worthy of such a fevered read, bu...

  • SueKich
    Oct 01, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

  • Lesley
    Jul 28, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

    Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC. Manda Scott always amazing me with how seamless she weaves the past and present in her novels. This novel will blow you away. It's one of those books you don't want to end but can't stop reading. The characte...

    One of the best spy thrillers I have read in a long time. Cleverly written, well researched, will keep you guessing till the very end. ...

    Sometimes you are depressed when you finish a book; you want it to go on you are so caught up in the story and the characters. I am so delighted to have finished A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott. Firstly, it is such a wonderful historical novel with a modern crime drama to finish ...

    What a marvellous book! I bought it as a bit of a punt during a post-payday book spree, largely on the basis of a very favourable review in The Times. I have been sold the dummy by those reviews before, of course, but I am glad I heeded this one. It moves between the present day an...

    One of the main ideas behind this book, and the one that sets it apart for me, is its use of the notion that the Nazis who were rehabilitated in the West for strategic reasons could have greatly influenced the politics of the countries that "adopted" them. With its two-track design,...

    Two great stories rolled into one. A second world war espionage story that Len Deighton would have been proud of, and a modern crime story worthy of any of the present day authors writing excellent crime fiction. The murder of an elderly lady in Orleans, France, is a horrible crime ...

    It's been quite a while since I felt so desperate to read and understand the outcome of a book. With friends popping around last night I pressed hard to find out what happened near the end, before they arrived, but failed. I realised this finale wasn't worthy of such a fevered read, bu...

    This is the second book involving the female police detective Ines Picaut. She returns to work after the trauma of events in book one and is thrust into the deep end with grisly murder of a woman in her 90's. As she finds out more about the victim she is taken back to the German occupa...

    A really gripping story full of action and suspense telling the story of the maquis in World War II. Listened to the audible version of this and the narrators really did a wonderful job of bringing it all to life. Absolutely loved it. ...

    I have just finished reading one of the best WW2 spy stories I have ever read. Manda Scott has written an amazing story spanning the past and the present with consummate ease. It's a complex plot but the writing makes it flow and it's easy to follow the ins and outs, turns and counter ...

    Orléans detective Inès Picaut is called in to investigate the murder of an elderly woman, who has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two. The murder coincides with a security conference in the city, including key US personnel, and she is under politi...

    Although I would not disagree with much that has been said about this novel by other reviewers, ultimately A Treachery of Spies left me disappointed. It is extremely well researched and for the most part, particularly in the war sequences, gripping. The mystery unfolds gradually leavin...

    Set in present day France, with topical mentions of Je Suis Charlie and the terrorist attacks in Paris, which gives an air of reality right from the beginning. Sophie, a member of the French resistance in the 1940?s, is found murdered in a quite gruesome way and so it begins. Ther...

    "What happens to the soul of a nation if into its body politic is injected the undiluted virus of Nazism?" This compelling question sets the framework for much of this intriguing and gripping thriller. What begins as a modern-day mystery soon becomes a search for a network of spies bur...

    The death of an elderly French woman kicks off "A Treachery of Spies," an engrossing and suspenseful spy thriller. The manner of the woman's death is soon determined: she had been killed in the manner of traitors to the French Resistance in World War Two. Her identity, though, is somet...

    As crime thrillers go, this is definitely up there with the best. Scott has woven a story that features not only a very strong 'whodunnit' but also a fascinating historical thriller. In the historical part of the story, we follow a Maquis group (French resistance) trying to defeat the ...

    I have read a lot of Manda Scott and this is another cracker, full of page-turning drama. I enjoyed the parallel stories of present day crime thriller and WW2 Maquis action around the D-Day landings. However, I did get a bit muddled with all the characters and keeping track of who's wh...

    I was sent a copy of A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott to read and review by NetGalley. This is easily one of my favourite books of the year so far ? and I?ve read quite a few! Variously set between the present day and 1944, it is a murder mystery with a difference. It is fast p...

  • Kate Vane
    Aug 09, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

    Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC. Manda Scott always amazing me with how seamless she weaves the past and present in her novels. This novel will blow you away. It's one of those books you don't want to end but can't stop reading. The characte...

    One of the best spy thrillers I have read in a long time. Cleverly written, well researched, will keep you guessing till the very end. ...

    Sometimes you are depressed when you finish a book; you want it to go on you are so caught up in the story and the characters. I am so delighted to have finished A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott. Firstly, it is such a wonderful historical novel with a modern crime drama to finish ...

    What a marvellous book! I bought it as a bit of a punt during a post-payday book spree, largely on the basis of a very favourable review in The Times. I have been sold the dummy by those reviews before, of course, but I am glad I heeded this one. It moves between the present day an...

    One of the main ideas behind this book, and the one that sets it apart for me, is its use of the notion that the Nazis who were rehabilitated in the West for strategic reasons could have greatly influenced the politics of the countries that "adopted" them. With its two-track design,...

    Two great stories rolled into one. A second world war espionage story that Len Deighton would have been proud of, and a modern crime story worthy of any of the present day authors writing excellent crime fiction. The murder of an elderly lady in Orleans, France, is a horrible crime ...

    It's been quite a while since I felt so desperate to read and understand the outcome of a book. With friends popping around last night I pressed hard to find out what happened near the end, before they arrived, but failed. I realised this finale wasn't worthy of such a fevered read, bu...

    This is the second book involving the female police detective Ines Picaut. She returns to work after the trauma of events in book one and is thrust into the deep end with grisly murder of a woman in her 90's. As she finds out more about the victim she is taken back to the German occupa...

    A really gripping story full of action and suspense telling the story of the maquis in World War II. Listened to the audible version of this and the narrators really did a wonderful job of bringing it all to life. Absolutely loved it. ...

    I have just finished reading one of the best WW2 spy stories I have ever read. Manda Scott has written an amazing story spanning the past and the present with consummate ease. It's a complex plot but the writing makes it flow and it's easy to follow the ins and outs, turns and counter ...

    Orléans detective Inès Picaut is called in to investigate the murder of an elderly woman, who has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two. The murder coincides with a security conference in the city, including key US personnel, and she is under politi...

  • Michael Cayley
    Jul 16, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

  • James Murphy
    Sep 05, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

    Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC. Manda Scott always amazing me with how seamless she weaves the past and present in her novels. This novel will blow you away. It's one of those books you don't want to end but can't stop reading. The characte...

    One of the best spy thrillers I have read in a long time. Cleverly written, well researched, will keep you guessing till the very end. ...

    Sometimes you are depressed when you finish a book; you want it to go on you are so caught up in the story and the characters. I am so delighted to have finished A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott. Firstly, it is such a wonderful historical novel with a modern crime drama to finish ...

    What a marvellous book! I bought it as a bit of a punt during a post-payday book spree, largely on the basis of a very favourable review in The Times. I have been sold the dummy by those reviews before, of course, but I am glad I heeded this one. It moves between the present day an...

    One of the main ideas behind this book, and the one that sets it apart for me, is its use of the notion that the Nazis who were rehabilitated in the West for strategic reasons could have greatly influenced the politics of the countries that "adopted" them. With its two-track design,...

    Two great stories rolled into one. A second world war espionage story that Len Deighton would have been proud of, and a modern crime story worthy of any of the present day authors writing excellent crime fiction. The murder of an elderly lady in Orleans, France, is a horrible crime ...

    It's been quite a while since I felt so desperate to read and understand the outcome of a book. With friends popping around last night I pressed hard to find out what happened near the end, before they arrived, but failed. I realised this finale wasn't worthy of such a fevered read, bu...

    This is the second book involving the female police detective Ines Picaut. She returns to work after the trauma of events in book one and is thrust into the deep end with grisly murder of a woman in her 90's. As she finds out more about the victim she is taken back to the German occupa...

    A really gripping story full of action and suspense telling the story of the maquis in World War II. Listened to the audible version of this and the narrators really did a wonderful job of bringing it all to life. Absolutely loved it. ...

    I have just finished reading one of the best WW2 spy stories I have ever read. Manda Scott has written an amazing story spanning the past and the present with consummate ease. It's a complex plot but the writing makes it flow and it's easy to follow the ins and outs, turns and counter ...

    Orléans detective Inès Picaut is called in to investigate the murder of an elderly woman, who has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two. The murder coincides with a security conference in the city, including key US personnel, and she is under politi...

    Although I would not disagree with much that has been said about this novel by other reviewers, ultimately A Treachery of Spies left me disappointed. It is extremely well researched and for the most part, particularly in the war sequences, gripping. The mystery unfolds gradually leavin...

    Set in present day France, with topical mentions of Je Suis Charlie and the terrorist attacks in Paris, which gives an air of reality right from the beginning. Sophie, a member of the French resistance in the 1940?s, is found murdered in a quite gruesome way and so it begins. Ther...

    "What happens to the soul of a nation if into its body politic is injected the undiluted virus of Nazism?" This compelling question sets the framework for much of this intriguing and gripping thriller. What begins as a modern-day mystery soon becomes a search for a network of spies bur...

    The death of an elderly French woman kicks off "A Treachery of Spies," an engrossing and suspenseful spy thriller. The manner of the woman's death is soon determined: she had been killed in the manner of traitors to the French Resistance in World War Two. Her identity, though, is somet...

  • Ian Brydon
    Sep 23, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

    Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC. Manda Scott always amazing me with how seamless she weaves the past and present in her novels. This novel will blow you away. It's one of those books you don't want to end but can't stop reading. The characte...

    One of the best spy thrillers I have read in a long time. Cleverly written, well researched, will keep you guessing till the very end. ...

    Sometimes you are depressed when you finish a book; you want it to go on you are so caught up in the story and the characters. I am so delighted to have finished A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott. Firstly, it is such a wonderful historical novel with a modern crime drama to finish ...

    What a marvellous book! I bought it as a bit of a punt during a post-payday book spree, largely on the basis of a very favourable review in The Times. I have been sold the dummy by those reviews before, of course, but I am glad I heeded this one. It moves between the present day an...

  • Christa Jackson
    Jun 22, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

    Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC. Manda Scott always amazing me with how seamless she weaves the past and present in her novels. This novel will blow you away. It's one of those books you don't want to end but can't stop reading. The characte...

    One of the best spy thrillers I have read in a long time. Cleverly written, well researched, will keep you guessing till the very end. ...

  • A.K. Kulshreshth
    Oct 10, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

    Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC. Manda Scott always amazing me with how seamless she weaves the past and present in her novels. This novel will blow you away. It's one of those books you don't want to end but can't stop reading. The characte...

    One of the best spy thrillers I have read in a long time. Cleverly written, well researched, will keep you guessing till the very end. ...

    Sometimes you are depressed when you finish a book; you want it to go on you are so caught up in the story and the characters. I am so delighted to have finished A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott. Firstly, it is such a wonderful historical novel with a modern crime drama to finish ...

    What a marvellous book! I bought it as a bit of a punt during a post-payday book spree, largely on the basis of a very favourable review in The Times. I have been sold the dummy by those reviews before, of course, but I am glad I heeded this one. It moves between the present day an...

    One of the main ideas behind this book, and the one that sets it apart for me, is its use of the notion that the Nazis who were rehabilitated in the West for strategic reasons could have greatly influenced the politics of the countries that "adopted" them. With its two-track design,...

  • Greville Waterman
    Apr 30, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

  • Paromjit
    Jul 19, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

  • Lou
    Aug 13, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

  • Lel Budge
    Jul 04, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

    Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC. Manda Scott always amazing me with how seamless she weaves the past and present in her novels. This novel will blow you away. It's one of those books you don't want to end but can't stop reading. The characte...

    One of the best spy thrillers I have read in a long time. Cleverly written, well researched, will keep you guessing till the very end. ...

    Sometimes you are depressed when you finish a book; you want it to go on you are so caught up in the story and the characters. I am so delighted to have finished A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott. Firstly, it is such a wonderful historical novel with a modern crime drama to finish ...

    What a marvellous book! I bought it as a bit of a punt during a post-payday book spree, largely on the basis of a very favourable review in The Times. I have been sold the dummy by those reviews before, of course, but I am glad I heeded this one. It moves between the present day an...

    One of the main ideas behind this book, and the one that sets it apart for me, is its use of the notion that the Nazis who were rehabilitated in the West for strategic reasons could have greatly influenced the politics of the countries that "adopted" them. With its two-track design,...

    Two great stories rolled into one. A second world war espionage story that Len Deighton would have been proud of, and a modern crime story worthy of any of the present day authors writing excellent crime fiction. The murder of an elderly lady in Orleans, France, is a horrible crime ...

    It's been quite a while since I felt so desperate to read and understand the outcome of a book. With friends popping around last night I pressed hard to find out what happened near the end, before they arrived, but failed. I realised this finale wasn't worthy of such a fevered read, bu...

    This is the second book involving the female police detective Ines Picaut. She returns to work after the trauma of events in book one and is thrust into the deep end with grisly murder of a woman in her 90's. As she finds out more about the victim she is taken back to the German occupa...

    A really gripping story full of action and suspense telling the story of the maquis in World War II. Listened to the audible version of this and the narrators really did a wonderful job of bringing it all to life. Absolutely loved it. ...

    I have just finished reading one of the best WW2 spy stories I have ever read. Manda Scott has written an amazing story spanning the past and the present with consummate ease. It's a complex plot but the writing makes it flow and it's easy to follow the ins and outs, turns and counter ...

    Orléans detective Inès Picaut is called in to investigate the murder of an elderly woman, who has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two. The murder coincides with a security conference in the city, including key US personnel, and she is under politi...

    Although I would not disagree with much that has been said about this novel by other reviewers, ultimately A Treachery of Spies left me disappointed. It is extremely well researched and for the most part, particularly in the war sequences, gripping. The mystery unfolds gradually leavin...

    Set in present day France, with topical mentions of Je Suis Charlie and the terrorist attacks in Paris, which gives an air of reality right from the beginning. Sophie, a member of the French resistance in the 1940?s, is found murdered in a quite gruesome way and so it begins. Ther...

  • Zoe
    May 06, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

    Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC. Manda Scott always amazing me with how seamless she weaves the past and present in her novels. This novel will blow you away. It's one of those books you don't want to end but can't stop reading. The characte...

  • Donna
    Oct 16, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

    Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC. Manda Scott always amazing me with how seamless she weaves the past and present in her novels. This novel will blow you away. It's one of those books you don't want to end but can't stop reading. The characte...

    One of the best spy thrillers I have read in a long time. Cleverly written, well researched, will keep you guessing till the very end. ...

    Sometimes you are depressed when you finish a book; you want it to go on you are so caught up in the story and the characters. I am so delighted to have finished A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott. Firstly, it is such a wonderful historical novel with a modern crime drama to finish ...

    What a marvellous book! I bought it as a bit of a punt during a post-payday book spree, largely on the basis of a very favourable review in The Times. I have been sold the dummy by those reviews before, of course, but I am glad I heeded this one. It moves between the present day an...

    One of the main ideas behind this book, and the one that sets it apart for me, is its use of the notion that the Nazis who were rehabilitated in the West for strategic reasons could have greatly influenced the politics of the countries that "adopted" them. With its two-track design,...

    Two great stories rolled into one. A second world war espionage story that Len Deighton would have been proud of, and a modern crime story worthy of any of the present day authors writing excellent crime fiction. The murder of an elderly lady in Orleans, France, is a horrible crime ...

    It's been quite a while since I felt so desperate to read and understand the outcome of a book. With friends popping around last night I pressed hard to find out what happened near the end, before they arrived, but failed. I realised this finale wasn't worthy of such a fevered read, bu...

    This is the second book involving the female police detective Ines Picaut. She returns to work after the trauma of events in book one and is thrust into the deep end with grisly murder of a woman in her 90's. As she finds out more about the victim she is taken back to the German occupa...

    A really gripping story full of action and suspense telling the story of the maquis in World War II. Listened to the audible version of this and the narrators really did a wonderful job of bringing it all to life. Absolutely loved it. ...

    I have just finished reading one of the best WW2 spy stories I have ever read. Manda Scott has written an amazing story spanning the past and the present with consummate ease. It's a complex plot but the writing makes it flow and it's easy to follow the ins and outs, turns and counter ...

    Orléans detective Inès Picaut is called in to investigate the murder of an elderly woman, who has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two. The murder coincides with a security conference in the city, including key US personnel, and she is under politi...

    Although I would not disagree with much that has been said about this novel by other reviewers, ultimately A Treachery of Spies left me disappointed. It is extremely well researched and for the most part, particularly in the war sequences, gripping. The mystery unfolds gradually leavin...

    Set in present day France, with topical mentions of Je Suis Charlie and the terrorist attacks in Paris, which gives an air of reality right from the beginning. Sophie, a member of the French resistance in the 1940?s, is found murdered in a quite gruesome way and so it begins. Ther...

    "What happens to the soul of a nation if into its body politic is injected the undiluted virus of Nazism?" This compelling question sets the framework for much of this intriguing and gripping thriller. What begins as a modern-day mystery soon becomes a search for a network of spies bur...

  • Nefertiti
    Oct 04, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

    Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC. Manda Scott always amazing me with how seamless she weaves the past and present in her novels. This novel will blow you away. It's one of those books you don't want to end but can't stop reading. The characte...

    One of the best spy thrillers I have read in a long time. Cleverly written, well researched, will keep you guessing till the very end. ...

    Sometimes you are depressed when you finish a book; you want it to go on you are so caught up in the story and the characters. I am so delighted to have finished A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott. Firstly, it is such a wonderful historical novel with a modern crime drama to finish ...

    What a marvellous book! I bought it as a bit of a punt during a post-payday book spree, largely on the basis of a very favourable review in The Times. I have been sold the dummy by those reviews before, of course, but I am glad I heeded this one. It moves between the present day an...

    One of the main ideas behind this book, and the one that sets it apart for me, is its use of the notion that the Nazis who were rehabilitated in the West for strategic reasons could have greatly influenced the politics of the countries that "adopted" them. With its two-track design,...

    Two great stories rolled into one. A second world war espionage story that Len Deighton would have been proud of, and a modern crime story worthy of any of the present day authors writing excellent crime fiction. The murder of an elderly lady in Orleans, France, is a horrible crime ...

    It's been quite a while since I felt so desperate to read and understand the outcome of a book. With friends popping around last night I pressed hard to find out what happened near the end, before they arrived, but failed. I realised this finale wasn't worthy of such a fevered read, bu...

    This is the second book involving the female police detective Ines Picaut. She returns to work after the trauma of events in book one and is thrust into the deep end with grisly murder of a woman in her 90's. As she finds out more about the victim she is taken back to the German occupa...

    A really gripping story full of action and suspense telling the story of the maquis in World War II. Listened to the audible version of this and the narrators really did a wonderful job of bringing it all to life. Absolutely loved it. ...

    I have just finished reading one of the best WW2 spy stories I have ever read. Manda Scott has written an amazing story spanning the past and the present with consummate ease. It's a complex plot but the writing makes it flow and it's easy to follow the ins and outs, turns and counter ...

    Orléans detective Inès Picaut is called in to investigate the murder of an elderly woman, who has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two. The murder coincides with a security conference in the city, including key US personnel, and she is under politi...

    Although I would not disagree with much that has been said about this novel by other reviewers, ultimately A Treachery of Spies left me disappointed. It is extremely well researched and for the most part, particularly in the war sequences, gripping. The mystery unfolds gradually leavin...

    Set in present day France, with topical mentions of Je Suis Charlie and the terrorist attacks in Paris, which gives an air of reality right from the beginning. Sophie, a member of the French resistance in the 1940?s, is found murdered in a quite gruesome way and so it begins. Ther...

    "What happens to the soul of a nation if into its body politic is injected the undiluted virus of Nazism?" This compelling question sets the framework for much of this intriguing and gripping thriller. What begins as a modern-day mystery soon becomes a search for a network of spies bur...

    The death of an elderly French woman kicks off "A Treachery of Spies," an engrossing and suspenseful spy thriller. The manner of the woman's death is soon determined: she had been killed in the manner of traitors to the French Resistance in World War Two. Her identity, though, is somet...

    As crime thrillers go, this is definitely up there with the best. Scott has woven a story that features not only a very strong 'whodunnit' but also a fascinating historical thriller. In the historical part of the story, we follow a Maquis group (French resistance) trying to defeat the ...

  • Mary Monro
    Sep 22, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

    Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC. Manda Scott always amazing me with how seamless she weaves the past and present in her novels. This novel will blow you away. It's one of those books you don't want to end but can't stop reading. The characte...

    One of the best spy thrillers I have read in a long time. Cleverly written, well researched, will keep you guessing till the very end. ...

    Sometimes you are depressed when you finish a book; you want it to go on you are so caught up in the story and the characters. I am so delighted to have finished A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott. Firstly, it is such a wonderful historical novel with a modern crime drama to finish ...

    What a marvellous book! I bought it as a bit of a punt during a post-payday book spree, largely on the basis of a very favourable review in The Times. I have been sold the dummy by those reviews before, of course, but I am glad I heeded this one. It moves between the present day an...

    One of the main ideas behind this book, and the one that sets it apart for me, is its use of the notion that the Nazis who were rehabilitated in the West for strategic reasons could have greatly influenced the politics of the countries that "adopted" them. With its two-track design,...

    Two great stories rolled into one. A second world war espionage story that Len Deighton would have been proud of, and a modern crime story worthy of any of the present day authors writing excellent crime fiction. The murder of an elderly lady in Orleans, France, is a horrible crime ...

    It's been quite a while since I felt so desperate to read and understand the outcome of a book. With friends popping around last night I pressed hard to find out what happened near the end, before they arrived, but failed. I realised this finale wasn't worthy of such a fevered read, bu...

    This is the second book involving the female police detective Ines Picaut. She returns to work after the trauma of events in book one and is thrust into the deep end with grisly murder of a woman in her 90's. As she finds out more about the victim she is taken back to the German occupa...

    A really gripping story full of action and suspense telling the story of the maquis in World War II. Listened to the audible version of this and the narrators really did a wonderful job of bringing it all to life. Absolutely loved it. ...

    I have just finished reading one of the best WW2 spy stories I have ever read. Manda Scott has written an amazing story spanning the past and the present with consummate ease. It's a complex plot but the writing makes it flow and it's easy to follow the ins and outs, turns and counter ...

    Orléans detective Inès Picaut is called in to investigate the murder of an elderly woman, who has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two. The murder coincides with a security conference in the city, including key US personnel, and she is under politi...

    Although I would not disagree with much that has been said about this novel by other reviewers, ultimately A Treachery of Spies left me disappointed. It is extremely well researched and for the most part, particularly in the war sequences, gripping. The mystery unfolds gradually leavin...

    Set in present day France, with topical mentions of Je Suis Charlie and the terrorist attacks in Paris, which gives an air of reality right from the beginning. Sophie, a member of the French resistance in the 1940?s, is found murdered in a quite gruesome way and so it begins. Ther...

    "What happens to the soul of a nation if into its body politic is injected the undiluted virus of Nazism?" This compelling question sets the framework for much of this intriguing and gripping thriller. What begins as a modern-day mystery soon becomes a search for a network of spies bur...

    The death of an elderly French woman kicks off "A Treachery of Spies," an engrossing and suspenseful spy thriller. The manner of the woman's death is soon determined: she had been killed in the manner of traitors to the French Resistance in World War Two. Her identity, though, is somet...

    As crime thrillers go, this is definitely up there with the best. Scott has woven a story that features not only a very strong 'whodunnit' but also a fascinating historical thriller. In the historical part of the story, we follow a Maquis group (French resistance) trying to defeat the ...

    I have read a lot of Manda Scott and this is another cracker, full of page-turning drama. I enjoyed the parallel stories of present day crime thriller and WW2 Maquis action around the D-Day landings. However, I did get a bit muddled with all the characters and keeping track of who's wh...

  • Rose Gan
    Sep 11, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

    Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC. Manda Scott always amazing me with how seamless she weaves the past and present in her novels. This novel will blow you away. It's one of those books you don't want to end but can't stop reading. The characte...

    One of the best spy thrillers I have read in a long time. Cleverly written, well researched, will keep you guessing till the very end. ...

    Sometimes you are depressed when you finish a book; you want it to go on you are so caught up in the story and the characters. I am so delighted to have finished A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott. Firstly, it is such a wonderful historical novel with a modern crime drama to finish ...

    What a marvellous book! I bought it as a bit of a punt during a post-payday book spree, largely on the basis of a very favourable review in The Times. I have been sold the dummy by those reviews before, of course, but I am glad I heeded this one. It moves between the present day an...

    One of the main ideas behind this book, and the one that sets it apart for me, is its use of the notion that the Nazis who were rehabilitated in the West for strategic reasons could have greatly influenced the politics of the countries that "adopted" them. With its two-track design,...

    Two great stories rolled into one. A second world war espionage story that Len Deighton would have been proud of, and a modern crime story worthy of any of the present day authors writing excellent crime fiction. The murder of an elderly lady in Orleans, France, is a horrible crime ...

    It's been quite a while since I felt so desperate to read and understand the outcome of a book. With friends popping around last night I pressed hard to find out what happened near the end, before they arrived, but failed. I realised this finale wasn't worthy of such a fevered read, bu...

    This is the second book involving the female police detective Ines Picaut. She returns to work after the trauma of events in book one and is thrust into the deep end with grisly murder of a woman in her 90's. As she finds out more about the victim she is taken back to the German occupa...

    A really gripping story full of action and suspense telling the story of the maquis in World War II. Listened to the audible version of this and the narrators really did a wonderful job of bringing it all to life. Absolutely loved it. ...

    I have just finished reading one of the best WW2 spy stories I have ever read. Manda Scott has written an amazing story spanning the past and the present with consummate ease. It's a complex plot but the writing makes it flow and it's easy to follow the ins and outs, turns and counter ...

    Orléans detective Inès Picaut is called in to investigate the murder of an elderly woman, who has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two. The murder coincides with a security conference in the city, including key US personnel, and she is under politi...

    Although I would not disagree with much that has been said about this novel by other reviewers, ultimately A Treachery of Spies left me disappointed. It is extremely well researched and for the most part, particularly in the war sequences, gripping. The mystery unfolds gradually leavin...

  • Ness
    May 26, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

  • Nigel Adams
    Aug 02, 2018

    This is the first Manda Scott novel that I have read, and I was completely bowled over by its brilliance. This is the best historical fiction I have read for some time, part of the reason for that is the depth, complexity and insights acquired by impeccable and impressive research carr...

    Manda Scott, in 'Treachery of Spies', mixes some of my favourite genres: crime fiction/thriller, historical fiction and espionage and does so in a way that makes the story completely seamless. The combination of genres works extremely well here. I find I am always dubious regarding tes...

    I have yet to find words to express how perfect this outstandingly clever, powerful and evocative novel is. It is magnificent. I hid away to finish it and it will haunt me for a long time. If you want to read the definitive novel on the French Resistance this could well be it. But ther...

    Meeting some resistance. When a once-and-still-beautiful 92-year old woman is found brutally murdered and mutilated in Orléans, the threads of the case go all the way back to the French resistance fighters of the Maquis and their British colleagues-in-arms in 1944. I tire so of...

    A novel to rival some of the great Le Carré spy thrillers! Meticulously researched and suspenseful, this book brings together three of my favourite book categories: spy thriller, police crime procedural and historical fiction. The writing is superb. I loved the characters - particu...

    I find it easy, when reviewing Manda Scott?s books, to run out of superlatives. I have never yet been disappointed in any of her body of work and if you are a fan of historical fiction and have not yet encountered her books, then don?t waste time here. Go buy one and get reading. ...

    Captain Ines Picaut of the Orleans police force is called to investigate the death of an elderly woman in what looks like a professional execution. She soon discovers Sophie's death is tied up with a bunch of former spies who worked with the French Resistance in WW2. The narrative move...

    A superb novel of betrayal and violence, reminiscent of John le Carré at his best. An elderly woman is found shot dead in a station car park in Orléans in 2018. There is identification naming her as Sophie Destivelle but it soon become clear that this is a false name. As the head ...

    Very much enjoyed this, my first book by Manda Scott. I need to read more of her work, including the historical stuff. But this is a thriller with its roots back in WW2 and the SOE and the brave souls that dropped into France to aid the Maquis in the fight against the occupying German...

    This is the second Ines Picaut mystery but I read it as a stand alone and was captivated and intrigued by a cleverly plotted and immaculately researched police procedural that turned into a spy thriller as in order to solve the murder of a former secret agent, the present was combined ...

    Thanks Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and netgalley for this ARC. Manda Scott always amazing me with how seamless she weaves the past and present in her novels. This novel will blow you away. It's one of those books you don't want to end but can't stop reading. The characte...

    One of the best spy thrillers I have read in a long time. Cleverly written, well researched, will keep you guessing till the very end. ...

    Sometimes you are depressed when you finish a book; you want it to go on you are so caught up in the story and the characters. I am so delighted to have finished A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott. Firstly, it is such a wonderful historical novel with a modern crime drama to finish ...

    What a marvellous book! I bought it as a bit of a punt during a post-payday book spree, largely on the basis of a very favourable review in The Times. I have been sold the dummy by those reviews before, of course, but I am glad I heeded this one. It moves between the present day an...

    One of the main ideas behind this book, and the one that sets it apart for me, is its use of the notion that the Nazis who were rehabilitated in the West for strategic reasons could have greatly influenced the politics of the countries that "adopted" them. With its two-track design,...

    Two great stories rolled into one. A second world war espionage story that Len Deighton would have been proud of, and a modern crime story worthy of any of the present day authors writing excellent crime fiction. The murder of an elderly lady in Orleans, France, is a horrible crime ...