Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Miss Seeton's Finest Hour by Hamilton Crane, Heron Carvic

This story is a prequel to Miss Seeton's further adventures with the secret service.  She's an art teacher living with her mother and she has been making sketches of areas around London because they look interesting.  The secret service division thinks she's a spy.  Especially since her drawing are showing military secrets not shared with the public.  She draws more than she sees but she doesn't realize it...

Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

It was fun to read about a younger Miss Seeton who really hadn't embraced her umbrella yet.  She gets involved in a secret mission to find out who is sabotaging the planes that are being made in a factory.  She doesn't know what she's even seeing since she's unfamiliar with planes, but she's willing to try.  Her female supervisor doesn't trust her and is in love with the boss.  The boss is an odd fellow but nice enough.  Her fellow workers are boarding where she is and she likes most of the girls working in the factory.  She also likes the Major she's working for.

Since it's wartime and everyone expects the German's to attack, everyone is on high alert.  No one gives away any secrets.  But when people start getting killed at the factory, it's apparent more than sabotage is going on.

Miss Seeton identifies enough things to give Major Haynes the clue he needs to ferret out the saboteur.  But it's wartime and the two men she likes get hurt.  One is hurt and the other is dead.  But she gets an umbrella with a knife in the handle for memorabilia and to protect herself.  She'll be back working for secret service before long, even if no one knows how she does it.

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