Secrets and Spies is a series of young adult thrillers written by Jo MacAuley and performed in a wonderful British accent with lovely lower-class inflections by Zoe Tapley. The books are notable for their young female protagonist, a wannabe actress and spy in the late Stuart Period of England, when wars, plague, intrigue, revolution, and developments like the steam engine shook the fascinating little island.
Inferno follows Beth Johnson and her friend, John, as they try to thwart an evil plotter’s attempt to assassinate the King in 1666 London. Fast-paced and intelligent, this novel should hook young listeners with a penchant for history. Other books in the series include Treason, Plague, and New World.
Fifteen-year-old Beth Johnson is a talented and beautiful young actress. She is also a spy. Basking in the long, hot summer of 1666, Beth is looking forward to her first leading role. But when she receives an anonymous letter, the world is turned upside down for Beth and her friend John. Henry Vale, the dangerous mastermind behind the plots to kill the King, has kidnapped John’s sister and is blackmailing John into helping him lure the King into a deadly trap. Will Beth and John be able to rescue his sister before the whole of London goes up in smoke?