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An espionage thriller to rival the very best, a game of cat-and-mouse which will keep you guessing.

A body has been found, killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two. To find answers in the present, police inspector Inès Picaut must look to the past . . .

Authors Biography

Over the past two decades Manda Scott has brought iconic historical figures back to life, reimagined and re-booted for the twenty-first century. Her crime novels have been shortlisted for many awards including the Orange Prize and an Edgar Award. Her work has been translated into over twenty languages.


Superb . . . a blend of historical imagination and storytelling verve reminiscent of Robert Harris. – The Sunday Times

A Treachery of Spies is the equal of Charlotte Gray in its insights into the period and, I would say, beats it for sheer excitement… one of the most gripping spy stories I have ever read. – Jake Kerridge, S Magazine

This book opened up and swallowed me whole – the characters, the plot, the writing, everything. I can’t recommend it highly enough. – Mick Herron

[Scott’s] writing is as commanding as ever – Barry Forshaw, Guardian

This is a rich vein for fiction, and Scott does it more than justice, with this beautifully imagined, beautifully written, smart, sophisticated thriller. – Lee Child

The most exquisite story of heroism, deception, love and treachery you’ll find this year. – Simon Mayo

Ingeniously plotted and wonderfully written. – Antonia Senior, The Times

A fast-moving tightly-wrought thriller. The destination is in fact as unexpected as it’s satisfying – and very thought-provoking. – Robert Goddard

A Treachery of Spies is a masterclass in thriller-writing. It is a heart-racing, heart-wrenching read, conceived with passion and executed with frightening skill. – Giles Kristian

A brutally brilliant and extremely clever novel of espionage, heroism, love and betrayal. Bravo. – Anna Mazzola

Leave a comment about this book:


  1. Densely plotted and populated with characters who are so, so real. A genuinely gut-wrenching whodunnit.

  2. It is an excellent tightly plotted read

  3. Brilliant book

  4. A great read. Has you involved from the word go.

  5. As with all Manda Scott’s novels her clever and indepth research and empathy for her characters really make them jump off the page and grab you!

  6. A work of love and beauty. The best book I’ve read this year.

  7. This is a brilliant tale of courage and danger. Intrigue and treachery. I have read so many of Manda’s books. This has to be the most gripping read yet. She is a great storyteller .

  8. Tight plot lines and beautiful prose. Stunning work of fiction that keeps the reader gripped throughout.

  9. Enthralling like all Manda Scott’s books.

  10. The female John le Carre? Quite so…

  11. All Manda Scott’s books are brilliant, this one is outstanding

  12. Hope you have it with you during the Holiday Season: everybody will want to borrow it!

  13. Outstanding read.

  14. Such a compelling interweaving of time strands, of the implications of personal and social history for the present and of the lives of extraordinary people undertaking extraordinary deeds in dark and dangerous times.

  15. Brilliant and so much fun.

  16. This is a book for the real aficionado of the ww2 subterfuge games. A knowledge of the facts surrounding this period is essential as the author has assumed this . Absolutely brilliant!

  17. Absolutely superb book. Desperately hoping for another in the same vein.

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