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Publisher's Summary

Germany, 1946

A reluctant spy is born.... 

An ordinary woman. A book of recipes. The perfect cover for spying.... 

Sent to Germany in the chaotic aftermath of World War II, Edith Graham is finally getting the chance to do her bit. Having taught at a girls’ school during the conflict, she leaps at the opportunity to escape an ordinary life - but Edith is not everything she seems to be. 

Under the guise of her innocent cover story, Edith has been recruited to root out Nazis who are trying to escape prosecution. Secretly, she is sending coded messages back to the UK, hidden inside innocuous recipes sent to a friend - after all, who would expect notes on sauerkraut to contain the clues that would crack a criminal underground network?

But the closer she gets to the truth, the muddier the line becomes between good and evil. In a dangerous world of shifting loyalties, when the enemy wears the face of a friend, who do you trust?

©2020 Celia Rees (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"The novel's attention to detail is remarkable, a true historian at work. It is also a thriller and a troubled love story. You won’t want to put it down. I lived every moment. Highly recommended." (Best-selling author Carol Drinkwater)

"A perfect summer read; gripping, original, well-drawn and compassionate." (Joanne Harris)

"Celia Rees is a superb writer, and this novel has one of the most irresistible and unique story hooks I've ever come across. This book deserves to be huge!" (Sophie Hannah)

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Delicious

The dessert was served chilled. A long meal well prepared and meticulously presented. Not your ordinary fare.

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  • 11-12-20

Melodramatic reading of an otherwise good story

I did like the story. Included facts about the post war years that I had no knowledge of. I thought the characters were a terrific collection and mostly believable. The melodramatic reading and the overly emotional and meaningful pauses were too much for me. The reader had very good accents, but over the top. I kept wondering if she was thinking of a spoof 1940s stage play. I wish I had read the book rather than listened to it. I would have enjoyed it more.

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  • RjS
  • 08-22-20

So good!

Great narration of an amazing book. Very evocative of time and place. Lots of skulduggery. Really enjoyed.

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  • Barry Hampshire
  • 07-28-20

Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook

Excellent book a joy to listen to, wonderful narrator highly recommended , in no doubt I will be listening to this again

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  • Kay
  • 06-20-20

Interesting weaving of fiction around real people

Good narration and a riveting portrayal of postwar Germany interwoven with a believable espionage thriller featuring some great characters.

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  • The Curator
  • 05-21-20

Cookery and war crimes.

I was worried that a book with recipes in would be a bit twee and annoying but they turned out to be more than just a gimmick, instead acting as scene setters and highlighting individuals. Nicely done in an intelligent and uncompromising thriller.