'Monroe has a sure grasp of period detail and a remarkable gift for creating memorable characters'(Mail on Sunday)
Praise for the first in the Cotton series, The Maze of Cadiz:
'A splendid debut mystery'(The Times)
'Clever and fascinating'(Guardian)
'An impressive novel with an extraordinary, dream-like atmosphere . . . The next can't come too soon'(Financial Times)
'Cotton's investigating is clever and fascinating'(Guardian)
'Stands out from the current glut of period thrillers. Four stars'(Mail on Sunday)
'The deliberate anticlimax is a bold and broadly justified gesture of confidence in the power of her sense of time, place and character to charm the reader into a story told entirely on her own terms'(Daily Telegraph)
'Plenty of room for future development'(TLS)
September 1945. Bankrupt and desperate, Britain sends John Maynard Keynes to boom town Washington to beg for a loan. Under cover of the backup team, agent Peter Cotton is sent to investigate the break-up of America's wartime intelligence agency.
Cotton finds himself caught up in a world of shadows involving an extraordinarily attractive girl from the US State Department, a Soviet ex-tank commander claiming to be his opposite number, a contrarian African academic, an ambitious, quick-tempered boss from the world of misinformation . . . and an Anglo-American conspiracy that will change the world of post-war intelligence for ever.