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The Spy Coast by Tess Gerritsen : a review

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Book cover for The Spy Coast by Tess Gerritsen.  A woman is walking in a frozen landscape at dusk

The Spy Coast by Tess Gerritsen

  • Category : Thriller
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bantam (18 Jan. 2024)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 085750519X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0857505194
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The Spy Coast Summary

Maggie Bird is many things. A chicken farmer. A good neighbour. A seemingly average retiree living in the seaside town of Purity. She’s also a darned good rifle shot. And she never talks about her past.

But when an unidentified body is left on Maggie’s driveway, she knows it’s a calling card from old times. It’s been fifteen years since the failed mission that ended her career as a spy, and cost her far more than her job.

Step forward the ‘Martini Club’ – Maggie’s silver-haired book group (to anyone who asks), and a cohort of former spies behind closed doors. With the help of her old friends – and always one step ahead of the persistent local cop – Maggie might still be able to save the life she’s built.

The Spy Coast is the first novel in the Martini Club series.

The Spy Coast Review

I was intrigued by the plot of The Spy Coast.

Maggie believed that she had left her dangerous career behind and quietly retired as a chicken farmer. Until, a body was found on her driveway and she knew that her past had worryingly found her.

With the help of her book group (all past spies) Maggie had to discover why she been singled out after all this time.

I thoroughly enjoyed the strong female characters, especially when male characters undermined them to their comeuppance.

The Spy Coast is a great thriller with exciting settings, perfectly paced plot, and well-written characters. I really enjoyed reading this book and found it hard to put down.

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About the Author

With 40 million copies+ of her books sold worldwide, Tess Gerritsen is a much loved, internationally bestselling author. LISTEN TO ME, her last thriller was a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller.

As a physician, Tess brings to her novels her first-hand knowledge of emergency and autopsy rooms. Her thrillers starring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the hit TV series Rizzoli & Isles. But Tess’s interests span far more than medicine and crime. As an anthropology student at Stanford University, she catalogued centuries-old human remains, and she continues to travel the world, driven by her fascination with ancient cultures and bizarre natural phenomena.

Twitter/X: @tessgerritsen

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