Louise Beatrice Wellesley, nicknamed Plum by her big brothers, is a brilliant and beautiful English actress studying at Cambridge in 1939. She stars on stage and is recruited as a spy for the Secret Service. Soon she’s on stage in a Parisian nightclub wearing a costume to shock her mother. Sharing a dressing-room with Edith Piaf is never dull. War begins and in Paris, Louise fights Nazis, the French police, part of the Resistance, and a British traitor. Back home at Windsor Castle, she joins a group of actors and, as Cinders, stars in Cinderella before the Royal Family. When the IRA kidnap a Royal, the leading lady carries out a Girls-own rescue and so impresses Winston, he demands she join the SOE. Plum plays the role of a nun in Lyon, is captured and tortured by the Gestapo, fights an archbishop, climbs the Pyrenees and, back in London, uncovers a mole in Baker Street. Go girl.
I have read 100’s of books on WW2 both fiction and non fiction. I can honestly say this trilogy will go down as one of the most enjoyable. All 3 books (now 4) were riveting. I adored her. I really can’t recommend these books enough. Amazon 5 stars
A Plum Jewel is the third in the series about a beautiful young actress turned spy. In the opinion of this reader it may be the best. Cenarth Fox has loaded this tale with so many twists and obstacles the reader may feel the need to take notes. Mr. Fox’s knowledge of the working of wartime Britain and France is remarkable. The reader is right in the middle of the action. I can’t recommend this book strongly enough.
Scott Skipper 5 stars
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