Palace of Spies, 1

Palace of Spies, 1

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A warning to all young ladies of delicate breeding who wish to embark upon lives of adventure: Don't.

Sixteen-year-old Peggy is a well-bred orphan who is coerced into posing as a lady in waiting at the palace of King George I. Life is grand, until Peggy starts to suspect that the girl she's impersonating might have been murdered. Unless Peggy can discover the truth, she might be doomed to the same terrible fate. But in a court of shadows and intrigue, anyone could be a spy--perhaps even the handsome young artist with whom Peggy is falling in love . . .

History and mystery spark in this effervescent series debut.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 154 x 217 x 31mm | 472g
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • 0544074114
  • 9780544074118
  • 1,221,910

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"Murder. Espionage. Card games?" Peggy Fitzroy has many talents, but until recently these three were not among them. No, Peggy was merely a lively and charming young lady of the regular sort, until the day she refused to marry the utter cad chosen for her.Cast out on the street, Peggy has to find a way to support herself. Though it sounds rather mysterious, she agrees to go in disguise as a lady in waiting in the court of King George the First. The real lady in waiting died, supposedly of natural causes.Life at the palace is grand, until Peggy starts to suspect that something dreadful happened to the girl she is impersonating. Could it have been "murder?" Unless Peggy can discover what really happened, she might be doomed to the same terrible fate! But in a court filled with shadows and intrigue, anyone could be a spy perhaps even Matthew, the handsome young artist with whom Peggy is falling in love . . . "
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* A rollicking spy caper in corsets. . . . This witty romp will delight fans of historical fiction as well as mystery lovers. --Kirkus, starred review

Zettel has created a dynamic, immensely likable heroine in Peggy, and she folds in history, both cultural and political. . . . A sequel is in the works, and it will be eagerly anticipated by fans of Libba Bray. --Booklist

A solid opening volley in a promising series. --Publishers Weekly

The protagonist, clever and witty, makes a compelling heroine. --School Library Journal

This combination of willful heroine and royal backdrop will appeal to history buffs and readers who like their subterfuge accessorized by a few frills and ruffles. --Bulletin

The perfect balance of history and mystery, this novel is fantastic. . . . Sarah Zettel is an author to watch, and readers will be eagerly awaiting the next Palace of Spies installment. --VOYA, 4Q 4P J S
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About Sarah Zettel

Sarah Zettel, author of the American Fairy trilogy, is an acclaimed science fiction, fantasy, romance, and mystery writer. She lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with her rocket scientist husband, her son, and a cat named Buffy the Vermin Slayer. Visit her website at
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1,651 ratings
3.56 out of 5 stars
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4 37% (613)
3 34% (554)
2 10% (165)
1 3% (42)
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