- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: John Murray (30 Oct. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0719567726
- ISBN-13: 978-0719567728
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 x 1.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,297,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Final Fling: The Moneypenny Diaries Paperback – 30 Oct 2008
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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)
The affairs and adventures of James Bond's right-hand woman
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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.Read more ›
`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?
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.
Seek them out, buy them and enjoy reading them!
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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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... Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2010 by Amy
This is the final in a trilogy of books based on the 'moneypenny' diaries written by 'Kate Westbrook'. Read morePublished on 6 July 2008 by rach fitz
I've absolutely loved the moneypenny series and although it is sad that this is the last in the trilogy it was a great conclusion. Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2008 by C. Anderson