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The ultimate Bond girl
on 12 July 2007
The premise of The Moneypenny diaries is that Kate Westbrook is the real- life niece of Miss Jane Moneypenny and that she has inherited diaries kept by her aunt during the time she was working at MI6. The diary has then been 'verified' and annotated by Westbrook.
This book is the second in the series and it really helps if you have read 'Guardian Angel' first, as the story refers back to it throughout.
Having helped to sort out the cuban Missile Crisis in the first book, this time Moneypenny is involved with the case of Kim Philby, the famous double-agent. Moneypenny befriends Philby's wife in the hope that she can persuade Philby to come back to the UK as damage limitation for MI6.
Once again, this is a brilliant novel (with a lot less footnotes this time), and although Bond is in this book he plays a minor role.
Chick-lit with brains (and a brief history lesson!!) Recommended.