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The Beautiful Spy. The Last Goodnight by Howard Blum

When a handsome old flame offered to write Betty Pack's biography, she slipped out of her older husband's French castle, and had a whirlwind romance with him in Ireland where she told him her adventures. And what adventures they were! The beautiful and well-bred American spy rescued an aristocrat from prison during the Spanish Civil War, rescued the British Ambassador from the same war, and passed on top-secret intelligence to London from bedrooms in Warsaw and dark streets in Prague.  She was the mistress of the 'honey-trap' and slept with many men in order to obtain their secrets. She was amoral, betraying her husband and deserting her son for the cause, but, according to Howard Blum, she even managed to change the course of World War Two!

I found this lively, well-written book about 'Cynthia' with its vivid descriptions difficult to put down.  I did wonder whether the author was half-in-love with his subject, however! She was likeable, but she was very selfish at times.

I received this free ebook from Edelweiss in return for an honest review.

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