From Julia Kelly, internationally bestselling author of The Last Dance of the Debutante, comes the first in the mysterious and immersive Parisian Orphan series, A Traitor in Whitehall.
"Kelly spins an Agatha Christie-esque mystery . . . thoroughly delightful and well-researched."—Susan Elia MacNeal
1940, England: Evelyne Redfern, known as “The Parisian Orphan” as a child, is working on the line at a munitions factory in wartime London. When Mr. Fletcher, one of her father’s old friends, spots Evelyne on a night out, Evelyne finds herself plunged into the world of Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s cabinet war rooms.
However, shortly after she settles into her new role as a secretary, one of the girls at work is murdered, and Evelyne must use all of her amateur sleuthing expertise to find the killer. But doing so puts her right in the path of David Poole, a cagey minister’s aide who seems determined to thwart her investigations. That is, until Evelyne finds out David’s real mission is to root out a mole selling government secrets to Britain’s enemies, and the pair begrudgingly team up.
With her quick wit, sharp eyes, and determination, will Evelyne be able to find out who’s been selling England’s secrets and catch a killer, all while battling her growing attraction to David?
About the Author
Julia Kelly was born in 1969 and studied English, Sociology and Journalism in Dublin. Her novels include With my Lazy Eye and The Playground. She lives in Dalkey, County Dublin.
Aunt Agatha’s—One of the Best Historical Mysteries of the Year
"An exceptional historical murder mystery." –Wall Street Journal
“Kelly's narrative zips along. . . a well-plotted start to an entertaining new series.” –Shelf Awareness
"Romance, feminism, and historical detail combine in an exciting new series." –Kirkus Reviews
“A cast of opinionated side characters and a wealth of fascinating historical details add to the fun in this engaging, atmospheric series kickoff.” –BookPage
“This was a blast of a read. . . Pacing, suspense, and a wonderful mystery make this book a real stand out in a crowded field of WWII books.” –Aunt Agatha’s
“A cross between a Nancy Drew mystery and an Agatha Christie tale. . .its gentle humor, unexpected twists, clever heroine, and wartime setting make it a pleasurable read.” –Booklist
“Embedded within the strong narrative is a theme of espionage and mystery, rather than guns and bloodshed. Kelly weaves a story around her well-established foundation and keeps the reader guessing until the final pages of this book.” –Mystery and Suspense
"Julia Kelly masterfully weaves history into gripping intrigue in this riveting WWII murder mystery. Evelyne Redfern is exactly the kind of intrepid, plucky heroine I love to root for and the details of Churchill’s cabinet war rooms were spot on and fascinating."—Madeline Martin
"Call the Midwife meets Mr. Churchill's Secretary in this riveting and atmospheric mystery set in wartime London... Sharp, charming, and fast-paced, A Traitor in Whitehall marks a stellar debut for a winning and original heroine."—Mariah Fredericks