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The Spy Who Never Was–pretending to be Julie, called Chris, with code name Rose

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The Spy Who Never Was

by Tom Savage

The Spy Who Never WasThe Spy Who Never Was poses a mystery within a thriller as Nora Baron, drama teacher and part time CIA operative, is recruited to play the role of a spy who has disappeared, but never actually existed—according to Cole, head of the investigation. The mission is never quite clear to Nora, even as it suddenly reaches its conclusion and she is congratulated and sent back home. At this point the thriller is far from over for any of its characters.

Nora finds herself in the ultimate danger and discovers she is both naive and talented. She is aided by friends from previous missions along with new friends she learns to trust along the way. With interesting characters, settings in Paris and Switzerland, a complex plot, and some believable action, this is a book you will not want to put down.

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Random House (Alibi) for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: General Fiction (Adult), Mystery and Thriller

Notes: #3 in the Nora Baron series; works well as a standalone

Publication:   January 9, 2018—Alibi (Random House)

Memorable Lines: 

Professional agents knew their jobs, and they thought that no one outside their charmed circle possessed the imagination to do what they did. Now Nora could use their arrogant blind spot to her advantage.

Nora was working for phantoms, agents who were every bit as insubstantial as the paper woman they represented: the spies who never were.

…the words she shouted weren’t in the débutante handbook.


  1. I didn’t see this in NetGalley. I think our dashboards get different books.

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    • lghiggins says:

      I think you are right about the dashboards. That’s why I like to see what you are reading and to check certain publishers periodically. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get notices on authors we especially like so we didn’t miss anything by them–especially if they write a series? I have started following authors on Goodreads if I like their books so that maybe I will have more notice, but I haven’t been doing it long enough to know if it helps.

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      • Yes, Mary Brown’s blog this morning brought notice of a must read author’s new book. I hadn’t known about. I do follow on Amazon but not on Goodreads. Anyway it on my Kindle and I will start today. Somehow I deleted my WWW’s post yesterday when I had to shut my computer due to pressures here. My next project is write again and do a GOOD AFTERNOON post.

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      • WordPress is acting up. It just marked one of your comments as spam and it was sent.

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  2. lghiggins says:

    Sorry about your home issues. I do understand when it all gets to be too much and things like an inadvertently deleted post occurs. I hope today is better and I’ll look forward to your WWW post this afternoon. I have never followed an author on Amazon. I’ll look into that.


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