Circle of Spies is the conclusion to Roseanna M. White‘s Culper Ring series. As the Civil War comes to an end, the Culpers aren’t the only spies trying to alter the course of history.
Marietta Hughes, granddaughter of Thaddeus Lane from Whispers from the Shadows, has no interest in spies. She wants the good life. Until her world is turned upside down by secrets her late husband and brother-in-law kept from her. Now she must chose which side of the war she is on.
Slade Osborne doesn’t know about the Culper Ring. He’s an undercover Pinkerton agent sent to stop a Confederate secret society before they can bring down the Union and kidnap or assassinate President Lincoln. But will he find an ally in the widow Marietta Hughes or will she side with her brother-in-law?
Circle of Spies doesn’t follow the first two books in the series in that Marietta’s life looks so different from her grandmother and great grandmother. Not to mention Slade being an undercover agent himself. I love that Thad Lane makes such a big reappearance in Circle of Spies as Marietta’s grandfather. He’s such a great character, I loved every scene he entered!
To grossly understate it, the Civil War was a difficult time in our nation’s history. Roseanna M. White does a fantastic job of covering the variety of angles and challenges and decisions that the every day person, white or black, slave or free, Confederate or Unionist had to face. And history provides the spoiler on whether Slade ultimately succeeds in one of his missions that April of 1865.
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