15 Intriguing Spy Novels Written by Women Featuring Female Spies
Posted on March 4, 2019
by April S
In celebration of Women’s History Month, we pulled together a wonderful sampling of spy novels written by women featuring female spies. The stories are full of intrigue, espionage and thrilling edge of your seat storytelling at its best. Enjoy!
Unable to forget the men who brutally ended her military career, former special forces soldier Charlie Fox finds herself on a mission to the Iraqi countryside amid suspicions that her boss may be pursuing a twisted vendetta on her behalf.
Descriptors: Action-packed, compelling, fast-paced, intricately plotted and richly detailed
“When her name and telephone number are found in the pocket of an elderly man who died in a small Chicago boarding house, single mother Ellie Foreman tries to find out what her connection is with the deceased, an investigation that leads deep into the heart of a mystery with roots more than fifty years in the past and to secrets hidden in the heart of Chicago’s Jewish community.” ~ Description from Novelist
After being recruited by the CIA to work undercover in Argentina, radio host Vera Kelly becomes close to a group of student activists, but, after a betrayal, she is left stranded and must take extreme measures to escape.
In 1947, pregnant Charlie St. Clair, an American college girl banished from her family, arrives in London to find out what happened to her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, and meets a former spy who, torn apart by betrayal, agrees to help her on her mission.
Descriptors: Parallel narratives, authentic/flawed characters, compelling, descriptive and witty
Intelligence agent Maddie James and her colleagues unsuccessfully convey an impending terrorist threat to an election-minded administration focused on stressing its victories and wrongly blaming an adversarial nation.
Descriptors: Fast-paced, darkly humorous, plot-driven and suspenseful
Pledging her loyalty to the North at the risk of her life when her native Virginia secedes, Quaker-educated aristocrat Elizabeth Van Lew uses her innate skills for gathering military intelligence to help construct the Richmond underground and orchestrate escapes from the infamous Confederate Libby Prison.
Descriptors: Atmospheric, dramatic and richly detailed
Hiding out in rural Italy while recuperating from a violent case, freelance agent Daria Gibron helps a former colleague who is being targeted by a Serbian mercenary group only to find her efforts complicated by a vengeful band of disgraced CIA agents.
Descriptors: Action-packed, compelling fast-paced and suspenseful
A historical novel questions the black-and-white morality of wartime society and is inspired by the true story of Melita Norwood, an 87-year-old woman who was unmasked in 1999 as the KGB’s longest serving spy in Britain.