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Will Spy Novels Featuring Famous Chefs Start Hitting the Shelves?

We here at Dear Author lament the number of historicals featuring spies. Surely not every titled gentleman and some not titled were spies in historical England. Given the number of spies that formed the first centralized intelligence effort by the U.S., though, we could be totally wrong. Thursday saw the release of thousands of documents which names over 24,000 international spies coordinated by the Office of Strategic Services. Possibly the most surprising name is that of Julia Child.

In some books, spies are revered and some are despised (possibly because if you can lie well enough for your country who else can you deceive?). Next time I come across a spy romance novel, I won’t be so hasty to dismiss the storyline.

via JMC.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Caroline
    Aug 14, 2008 @ 13:12:33

    Next time I come across a spy romance novel, I won't be so hasty to dismiss the storyline.

    YAY! I lurve spies. And…um…my next book is about one.

    Now I am just DYING to know what exactly Julia Child did…

  2. Shannon
    Aug 14, 2008 @ 19:01:45

    Julia Child first worked in D.C. helping to develop shark repellant. Then she went overseas to Ceylon and western China where she was the keeper of all of the “secret” material which was basically kepted on larger index cards.

  3. JaneO
    Aug 15, 2008 @ 09:11:23

    Was this supposed to be a secret? I heard about it decades ago, and I am way outside of any and all loops.

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  5. Shiloh Walker
    Aug 20, 2008 @ 23:04:03

    Uh… as in really the Julia Child with the TV cooking show? Seriously?


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