A Traitor in Whitehall (The Parisian Orphan) (Hardcover)
From Julia Kelly, internationally bestselling author of The Last Dance of the Debutante, comes the first in the mysterious and immersive Parisian Orphan series, A Traitor in Whitehall.
"Kelly spins an Agatha Christie-esque mystery . . . thoroughly delightful and well-researched."—Susan Elia MacNeal
1940, England: Evelyne Redfern, known as “The Parisian Orphan” as a child, is working on the line at a munitions factory in wartime London. When Mr. Fletcher, one of her father’s old friends, spots Evelyne on a night out, Evelyne finds herself plunged into the world of Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s cabinet war rooms.
However, shortly after she settles into her new role as a secretary, one of the girls at work is murdered, and Evelyne must use all of her amateur sleuthing expertise to find the killer. But doing so puts her right in the path of David Poole, a cagey minister’s aide who seems determined to thwart her investigations. That is, until Evelyne finds out David’s real mission is to root out a mole selling government secrets to Britain’s enemies, and the pair begrudgingly team up.
With her quick wit, sharp eyes, and determination, will Evelyne be able to find out who’s been selling England’s secrets and catch a killer, all while battling her growing attraction to David?
About the Author
JULIA KELLY is the international bestselling author of historical novels about the extraordinary stories of the past, including The Lost English Girl and Light Over London. Her books have been translated into 14 languages. In addition to writing, she’s been an Emmy-nominated producer, journalist, marketing professional, and (for one summer) a tea waitress. Julia called Los Angeles, Iowa, and New York City home before settling in London.
"Romance, feminism, and historical detail combine in an exciting new series." –Kirkus Reviews
“A cross between a Nancy Drew mystery and an Agatha Christie tale. . .its gentle humor, unexpected twists, clever heroine, and wartime setting make it a pleasurable read.” –Booklist
"Julia Kelly masterfully weaves history into gripping intrigue in this riveting WWII murder mystery. Evelyne Redfern is exactly the kind of intrepid, plucky heroine I love to root for and the details of Churchill’s cabinet war rooms were spot on and fascinating."—Madeline Martin
"Call the Midwife meets Mr. Churchill's Secretary in this riveting and atmospheric mystery set in wartime London... Sharp, charming, and fast-paced, A Traitor in Whitehall marks a stellar debut for a winning and original heroine."—Mariah Fredericks