Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Aloha to Kate Quinn and THE ALICE NETWORK


Let's find some more Wonder Women .... enter Kate Quinn's THE ALICE NETWORK:

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth matter where it leads.

Kate Quinn is a native of southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with "The Alice Network." All have been translated into multiple languages.

Kate and her husband now live in Maryland with two black dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia, and her interests include opera, action movies, cooking, and the Boston Red Sox.

Learn more about Kate and her books, including links to buy, at

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I am giving a print copy of THE ALICE NETWORK to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,

1. Let's chat about spy movies (or TV shows)  - do you have a favorite?  I enjoyed Melanie Griffin, Michael Douglas, and Liam Neeson in SHINING THROUGH (link) even though the movie was panned by the critics.

And, of course, Bond.  James Bond.

2. Comments are open through Sunday, June 11, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Monday, June 12.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. I really enjoyed the TV shows I SPY and MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. I am afraid to watch them now. I have seen some other shows I enjoyed of that vintage and they seem so phony and/or poorly done. Times have certainly changed in production quality and what we expect.

    1. Those dated TV shows may be cringeworthy now ... but they bring back memories. So enjoy them anyway!

  2. My favorite TV spy shows were I SPY and THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. I am afraid to watch them now. Production quality and what we expect from shows has changed so much. I have seen some shows from that time period and it can be painful to watch them.

  3. I saw the new movie of The Man From U.N.C.L.E not long ago. It was a lot of fun & surprisingly good.

  4. I used to watch The Avengers reruns on BBC America. Also a fan of MI 5, Alias and Agent Carter.

  5. I used to watch The Man From Uncle. And of course Roger Moore and Sean Connery in the Bond series.
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  6. Bond will always be a favorite of mine. I've seen parts of The Man From U.N.C.L.E on cable and definitely want to watch the whole thing.

  7. James Bond is my favorite. I also like many others like Mission Impossible.

  8. I enjoy most James Bond movies and Hunt for Red October was always a favorite.

  9. Get Smart was a favorite of mine.

  10. I often have the James Bond movies playing in the background when they are showing. I recently was thinking about Roger Moore's The Saint - was he a spy?

  11. Bond goes without question. But North by Northwest, Cary Grant movie, is also a fave of mine.

    The blurb of this book is a tad confusing, but the premise is SO intriguing that it makes me want to pick it up! I'm glad you spotlighted it, I haven't heard of The Alice Network yet.

  12. too late, but I've always loved the James Bond series