Book Review “A Beautiful Spy” by Rachel Hore”



A Beautiful Spy

Minnie Gray is an ordinary young woman. She is also a spy for the British government.

It all began in the summer of 1928…

Minnie is supposed to find a nice man, get married and have children. The problem is it doesn’t appeal to her at all. She is working as a secretary, but longs to make a difference.

Then, one day, she gets her chance. She is recruited by the British government as a spy. Under strict instructions not to tell anyone, not even her family, she moves to London and begins her mission – to infiltrate the Communist movement.


A thrilling spy story with an unassuming young woman at its very heart. Minnie is a thoroughly likeable character, quiet, a gentle trusting soul, a girl who would make a loyal friend. She wants to make a difference , want her life to make count for something. She does not want to succumb to what she sees as a life of drudgery, married with a family. She wants so much more than that, however is she ready for this new life that she has been summoned to in London?

Minnie’s outstanding observational skills are second to none which makes her the perfect spy candidate. A beautiful Spy is truly suspenseful, I worried for Minnie on many occasions. She is so trusting that she finds herself being drawn in to ever increasing danger. It is a book that deals with other difficult topics, including Minnie’s own mental health as she struggles to cope in a world that she can not share. She feels in constant turmoil and battles long and hard with the conflict she feels spying on people that she feels have become her friends.

All in all A Beautiful Spy is a phenomenal novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat, willing Minnie to get through her dangerous days and cope with her double life. I highly recommend this novel, if you love a good spy story, full of intrigue, mistrust and genuine danger.

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Author Bio

Rachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she taught publishing and creative writing at the University of East Anglia until deciding to become a full-time writer. She is the Sunday Times (London) bestselling author of ten novels, including The Love Child. She is married to the writer D.J. Taylor and they have three sons. Visit her at and connect with her on Twitter @RachelHore.

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