Today’s book spotlight is on Palace of Spies by: Sarah Zettel.
Peggy Fitzroy is an orphan living on the good graces of her aunt, uncle, and cousin Olivia. She tries very hard to fit the image of a perfect lady, but her looks and headstrong attitude seem to prevent this. Everything seems to be turning around for her once she discovers she has been engaged to a handsome young man from a good family, until the worst happens. Shortly, she finds herself out on the street with nothing but the clothes on her back and a calling card from a mysterious man who said he knew her mother.
This man, Mr. Tinderflint takes her under his wing and begins to train her rigorously in good courtly behavior. Mr. Tinderflint, it turns out, wants Peggy to live in the court of King George and act as a spy. Peggy is quickly thrown into a world she knows nothing about, pretending to be a girl she’s never met and any misstep could mean her death. But during the course of her spying, Peggy learns some dark news about rebels in court and learns even darker news about the girl she is meant to be impersonating. She finds that she can trust no one and rely on nothing but her own wits and will to survive.
Don’t let the cover of this fool you. It may be hot pink and look like your stereotypical chick book, but it’s full of intrigue, mystery, and murder. If you like the thrill of spies with the grandeur of historical England, you’ll definitely want to pick this book up. To reserve a copy, please go to our new website and fill out a book request form.