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Summary

It’s 1946 and the dust of war has settled over Europe. But for Edith Graham, an ordinary woman living an ordinary life, her journey is only just beginning....

Daughter

Sister

Friend

Spy

Escaping her humdrum existence, Edith is swept into war-torn Germany and recruited to draw elusive Nazis out of hiding.

But the closer she gets to the truth, the more blurred the line between good and evil. In a shadowy world of shifting loyalties, where no-one is quite who they seem to be, who can Edith trust? 

 Previously published as Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook

©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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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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So good!

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

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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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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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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.

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  • 04-01-21

Delicious

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