CIRCLE OF SPIES
White’s Culper Ring historical spy series keeps getting better. This installment’s intricate plot, terrific twists and heart-stopping intrigue, as well as the heroine’s deeply moving journey of faith, grace and redemption, create a memorable book to be devoured and cherished.
With a soul hardened by youthful heartbreak, Marietta Hughes has willfully abandoned her principles and her faith. The widow of a rich slave owner, she once reveled in the improper attentions of her late husband’s charming brother and in her inherited wealth, but now feels only a sense of inescapable self-loathing. She’s shocked out of her mental and spiritual torpor when she discovers that generations of her family have served as America’s most resourceful spies. She can’t refuse her grandfather’s request that she assist detective Slade Osborne in infiltrating a Confederate cell plotting to assassinate President Lincoln — even though she suspects the terrorists’ trail may lead straight to her own door. (HARVEST HOUSE, Apr., 368 pp., $13.99)