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Kate Westbrook
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30 Oct 2008
It's the mid-1960s and the British secret intelligence service is hit by a series of defection scandals. Facing considerable personal danger, Jane Moneypenny combines forces with 007 to try to smoke out a mole that she is convinced is buried deep in the heart of the Office. But as Bond is sacked and M forced into retirement, Moneypenny may have to find him alone.

Forty-two years later, Miss Moneypenny's niece and heir, Kate Westbrook, starts to suspect that her aunt's death was not an accident. She is sure the clues to what happened lie in the search for the mole. But as she pieces them together, she realises that there are significant forces determined to prevent her.

From the glamour of 1960s Jamaica to the treacherous beaches of the Outer Hebrides, Final Fling relates the thrilling adventures of the world's most famous secretary and reveals just how far people are prepared to go to defend - or betray - their beliefs.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (30 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719567726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719567728
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Behind Moneypenny's polished perfection is a daring dastardly heroine' (Daily Express)

'A riveting, page-turning diary. What a woman!' (OK)

'Brilliant ... Bridget Jones' Diary crossed with Spooks' (Daily Mirror)

'Thrilling' (Joanna Lumley)

About the Author

Kate Westbrook and Miss Moneypenny are pseudonyms for Samantha Weinberg, frustrated spy and author of the best-selling A Fish Caught in Time - the Search for the Coelacanth, and Pointing From the Grave, which won the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-fiction.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Moneypenny's Final Fling 7 Jun 2008
Format:Hardcover
In her concluding chapter to the thrilling Moneypenny Diaries trilogy, author Samantha Weinberg fuses together the danger and suspense of Jane Moneypenny's 1964/65 diaries along with a ring of mystery and intrigue that surrounds the current day quest of niece Kate Westbrook to create a captivating tale that truly doesn't let go until the very last page.

Final Fling successfully follows on from 2005's Guardian Angel and 2006's Secret Servant in that once again, the reader is allowed to feel completely immersed in the events facing Jane during the 60's thanks to the `day-to-day' style created by the diary entries. What makes this third novel different from the previous two, however, and even more exciting because of it, is almost a full half of the 282 page-long story is dedicated to the current day affairs of Kate Westbrook--who continues on her perilous quest to uncover the details surrounding her aunt's mysterious death in 1990. The result is an overall mix of both the adventure one would expect to find in any literary James Bond adventure, but also that added mystery element. Weinberg is so adept at keeping the pace soaring as Kate moves from location to location, questioning anyone who'll possibly point her in the right direction for more information. Naturally, there are various forces who track her every move and seemingly have no limits when it comes to stopping her.

In Final Fling, Jane's diaries open in July 1964 with the famous secretary more convinced than ever that there is a hidden mole, or `Sieve', in the SIS, leaking secrets that could cost the lives of its agents. This paranoia eventually comes to sweep over the entire office with the usually well-respected `M' becoming the subject of ridicule and Bill Tanner acting aloof and unapproachable towards Jane.
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By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Moneypenny Diaries have been an annual treat for me and `Final Fling' definitely doesn't disappoint. It's now the mid 60s and Moneypenny is still convinced there is a mole in MI6 and when she is packed off to the regional office in Jamaica she is convinced that she is being deliberately kept out of the way. Never a shrinking violet, she defies orders and returns to London much to M's consternation. However, after a chance encounter with a Russian, she is brought back into the fold and joins forces with M and 007 to flush out the mole once and for all. Suspicion falls on a number of likely candidates; Hunter, Warren and (sadly) Moneypenny's friend, Bill Tanner.

`Final Fling' is slightly different from the two earlier novels (Guardian Angel and Secret Servant) because Moneypenny's neice, Kate Westbrook, takes over much of the narrative as she tries to find out if her aunt was murdered and if so, by whom. There is also less of a historical context as opposed to Secret Servant, which had copious footnotes relating to real historical events. Having said that, this conclusion was perfect in that it tied up all the loose ends in a really satisfying way.

I, for one, am really sorry that there won't be any more Moneypenny Diaries, but I'll be keeping a close eye on what Samantha Weinberg comes up with next....perhaps we'll learn more about Mary Goodnight?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moneypenny goes out on top 16 May 2008
Format:Hardcover
The conclusion to Samantha Weinberg's Moneypenny Diaries is one of the very best James Bond continuation novels. It's a true third act adventure that not only wraps up this wonderful 3 book saga, but can also be seen as the very last James Bond book -- a Final Fling indeed.

The plot is a solid series of payoffs and twists, including a delightful twist on the very last page that made me gasp out loud. I also got so caught up in the author's skillfully spun web of intrigue and subterfuge that I suddenly found myself suspecting that maybe these "diaries" are REAL; that these books are, in fact, a clever MI6 plot to out a Cold War secret via a piece James Bond "fiction." I found myself looking over my shoulder as I raced toward the conclusion, feeling as if I was making a momentous, and potentially dangerous, discovery here. Effective fiction indeed!

I'm sad to see this series end, but it certainly went out on a high. Thank you "Kate" for this wonderful contribution to the James Bond canon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Final chapter in the great three-book-series 2 Aug 2013
By Rasmus
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is simply a great series! If you are not a Bond-fan, you will just enjoy the pacing of a great adventure. If you are a fan of the Bond movies, you will enjoy all the familiar persons from 007's universe, and if you are a fan of Ian Fleming's litterary James Bond (not the movie-version), you will be amazed at the level of attention to detali that Samatha Weinberg (Kate Westbrook) has managed to put into the book. The Moneypenny Diaries is a series of three books: 1) Guardian Angel, 2) Secret Servant and 3) Final Fling. They are really great books! I have read them and enjoyed them (I'm a Bond-fan), and my wife has read them too, and she is now a Moneypenny-fan!
Seek them out, buy them and enjoy reading them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! 4 Feb 2010
By Amy
Format:Paperback
If you haven't read the moneypenny diaries then you really should! I think they're brialliant books, so clever and original, this is the last one and it was so good, I didn't want it to end! But when it actually did it made me cry!
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