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The Moneypenny Diaries: The Final Fling Hardcover – 1 May 2008


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719567807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719567803
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 22.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 867,931 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)

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The affairs and adventures of James Bond's right-hand woman


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Western N.Y. on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Nov 2008
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Cox on 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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Format: Paperback
The Moneypenny Diaries: Final Fling was definitely the most thrilling book of the series. Her eyes opened to the possibility that her aunt, Jane Moneypenny, did not die in a boating accident, this final instalment devotes half of the book to Dr. Kate Westbrook's journey in discovering the true circumstances of her aunt's death.

The diary entries themselves detail Jane's transfer to Jamaica and subsequent demotion upon her return, her decaying relationship with M's Chief of Staff Bill Tanner, M's forced resignation, James Bond's sacking, and the hunt for the elusive "Sieve" - the hidden mole in the office.

The remainder of the book describes Kate Westbrook's search for the circumstances surrounding her aunt's death. Travelling to Jane Moneypenny's home in North Uist, she meets some very interesting people, one of whom has the answers she is looking for.
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Format: Hardcover
This is the final in a trilogy of books based on the 'moneypenny' diaries written by 'Kate Westbrook'. It is a very clever third novel and wraps up all the loose ends from the previous two. As such it does require you to have read the other two first but then I would highly recommend this. If you are a fan of James Bond this is a clever 'spin-off ' to read as it explores the secret service world in a way that a James Bond book probably would not.
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