'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.