Aphrodite, Helen of Troy, Celtic Boudica. Surreal dark-humour coming-of-age whodunit revolving around MI6… and chess. Or, more exactly, who done what, to whom?
First two books in the complex Killing Eve-cum-The Queens Gambit-meets-Twilight-cum-The Iliad mystery: Behind Blue, Now Helen, La Bombe, Quick Sparrows, Age of Heroines.
Raechel Sands' fun, compelling love web between women spies, and the women and men who pursue them.
- International #1 Bestseller
- "Wacky and compelling. I read the three books one after another."
- "Listening to this book was one of the strangest and most fun experiences I’ve had."
- "A better read than the Killing Eve novels."
- “Serial killer Felicity La Bombe, a reincarnated Josef Mengele, is a riveting villain."
- “The Reverse Harem-Lesfic Killing Eve." (Cambridge News)
- “Cleverly blends noir, satire, epic, and Dan Brown-style religious mystery."
- “Whirlwind rollercoaster of twists and double crosses.”
- “Totally unguessable endings!”
- "Edge-of-your-seat sequels each more stunning than the last."
" "Sure everyone must pretend to read Ulysses, Nearby mused.
The power was still out but, being in the window, she could see the page. The character in the novel, Mr Deasy, had been pinching the wings of his nose, and variously slagging off Jews, women—and Helen of Troy:
A woman brought sin into the world.
For a woman who was no better than she should be,
Helen, the runaway wife of Menelaus,
ten years the Greeks made war on Troy.
And here he is: this Ulysses, this tricksy man—Mr Metapox. Creator of a deceitful monster. A virus that hides in a perfume bottle is the ultimate Trojan Horse!
Nearby finished her Virgin Mary, set the glass down, and closed her copy of James Joyce's Ulysses. She looked at Grinin; she looked at Blanka; but she thought of Helen.
I wonder what sort of queen she was…? Her mind ran on.
If she came back, what would she be like? Where would she go? What would she do?" "
" The older woman cupped snow into her gloved hand—as she’d done the day they met—and fed it into Helen’s mouth. “Eat me,” Felicity said. "
Rogue chief &psychopath weaponise a fragrance. As Helen comes to the aid of special agent Blanka, loyal intelligence officers at MI6 fight to protect the wife and daughters of Russian defector, Grigori Grinin, who is being forced by corrupt chief, and protégée to synthesise perfume fragrance containing the world’s most terrifying virus. At her cosy cottage, Blanka's dialysis dreams are haunted by a ghost from Auschwitz. Chess board. The opening. The white queen. The black queen. The red queen. The bishop. James Bond. CSI Blue. Endgame. Ghost.
—Best selling series, best selling author. —#1 Best Seller Amazon UK Audible Audiobooks & Originals > LGBT Science Fiction, 11 November 2020. —#1 Best Seller Amazon UK Fiction > Religious &Inspirational > Science Fiction &Fantasy June 2020. —#1 Best Seller Amazon UK Paid Kindle, Literature &Fiction > Religious &Inspirational > Mystery, and > Inspirational January 2019, rising to Top 3,000 all Kindles sold in UK. Paperbacks Behind Blue, Now Helen, La Bombe all #1 Best Seller Fiction > Religious &Inspirational > Mystery during 2018 to 2019 rising to Top 5,000 all books sold in UK. —#946 US Author Rank All Books > Science Fiction February 2019. —Top #800 US Free in Kindle July 2020.
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