It was not that long ago that Quinn Ellington learned her
grandfather had been in the CIA, and now the research
librarian is following in his footsteps. Although she still
hasn't had all her formal training as a covert operative.
Quinn's grandfather received an invitation from a friend to
attend an exhibition on rare Indian manuscripts at the
Library of Congress, and he tells Quinn to go along with her
boyfriend James Anderson. Quinn will enjoy it more than him,
her grandfather surmises. But when at the reception, stun
grenades are thrown, invaluable manuscripts are stolen, and
the Indian Ambassador to the United States vanishes,
Quinn's professional expertise is needed, even though
James, also a CIA operative is the more experienced agent.
I expected A COVERT AFFAIR to be your run-of-the-mill
romantic suspense, but it is fabulously entertaining. Quinn
and James are young, in love, and they are
wonderful partners and friends. I loved the dynamic between
them: the playfulness, and the easiness of their dialogues.
One of the most startling highlights is the author's flair
for descriptions as well as her impressive research
regarding Indian culture and her understanding of the
political situation between Hindus and Sikhs. I
finished A COVERT AFFAIR with a much greater understanding
of the tension between the two nations, and all this
seamlessly woven into the intrigue. Historical facts form
the basis for the suspense as we are treated to a glorious
voyage through India.
Ms. Mann is also very adept at creating captivating
secondary characters, such as Nicole Park -- Quinn's friend
-- and the delicious Ravi Bhatia, their man in India. A
COVERT AFFAIR possesses the same kind of charm, wit, and
effervescence as the old Tin Man movies with Myrna Loy and
William Powell, which is the highest form of compliment I
could bestow on a contemporary novel. I did not know that A
COVERT AFFAIR was part of the series Librarian/Spy
Escapade , but I loved this book so much, I need to read
now everything about how Quinn and James met in the previous
book, and I'm already anticipating the next book. I love
the concept of this
series, I love the characters, and I feel it could go on for
a very long stretch; the possibilities are staggering.
A COVERT AFFAIR is a book for book lovers, for readers who
enjoy learning things, who enjoy traveling vicariously, with
a good mystery thrown in, and a most delightful romantic
couple. What a joy to discover a new author who hits all the
Shelve under: Travel, Romance, Art Theft,
Librarian and CIA agent-in-training Quinn Ellington and her
handsome spy boyfriend James “Bond” Anderson find themselves
in the middle of an international incident when the Indian
ambassador is kidnapped from a Library of Congress event.
The key to saving the ambassador is tangled up with a
long-lost sacred library, a desecrated temple, and some very
modern machinations. At least their cover as blissful
newlyweds isn’t too hard to pull off . . .