The Spy Coast
The unmissable, brand-new series from the No.1 bestselling author of Rizzoli & Isles (Martini Club 1)
by Tess Gerritsen
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Pub Date 18 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 21 Jan 2024
‘The Spy Coast is The Thursday Murder Club on steroids’ SAGA Magazine
'I loved it. A hugely entertaining read!' ANN CLEEVES
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.
'Gerritsen is a born storyteller, and this new series showcases her talents more than ever. Irresistible and highly recommended!' LEE CHILD
'Echoes of Richard Osman but Gerritsen offers us a darker and consistently exciting thriller' THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
'Action-packed pages, G-force twists and turns, and a platoon of fascinating characters' DAVID BALDACCI
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Tess Gerritsen's latest is the first in her new series, set in remote small town Purity, in Maine. Retired 60 year old Maggie Bird is a woman unlikely to attract a second glance, a former spy, who brought Blackberry farm, after carefully vetting those living around her, finding a measure of peace as she settled down as a chicken farmer. She was drawn to the location by other retired colleagues and friends, Lloyd and Ingrid Slocum, Ben Diamond, and Declan Rose, forming a book group, the close knit friends are The Martini Club. However, Maggie's past comes to haunt her after a dead woman is dumped at her home, and soon after she is being shot at. In a narrative that goes back and forth in time, we learn of her professional and personal life, in Bangkok, Istanbul, London, and in Malta.
In the present, 5 old spies, with 5 lifetimes worth of experience come together, bringing their specific tricks and expertise, more than ready to jump back into the fray to look after their own, running up against the tenacious but frustrated acting Police Chief, 32 year old Jo Thibodeau, who begins to wonder who exactly these people are. Spies are by the nature secretive beasts, but Maggie is going to have to disclose the details of her previous life if they are to work out who is after her now, including Operation Cyrano and its tragic consequences. An urgency is led to the proceedings which has Maggie hoping to find answers in Milan.
On finishing the novel, Gerritson reveals what inspired this compulsive new espionage series, featuring a wonderful character in Bird, and the supporting cast of former spies with their still razor sharp skills that they utilise, a reminder that they may getting older, but it would not do to underestimate any of them. This is a entertaining, enjoyable and engaging beginning to what promises to be a great series, a tense and suspenseful read that will likely appeal to fans of author and those who love the mystery genre. Many thanks to the publisher for an ARC.