A spy can never be trusted . . . especially with one’s heart.
1810 – Gibraltar, Southern Spain
With the Peninsular War in full force and French troops having reached southern Spain, Minerva Glendenning has little time to mourn the death of her ex-fiancé. At first, she thinks the cryptic message he left her to solve is merely one of the intellectual puzzles that she and Harry enjoyed playing. When her letters are tampered with, she realizes the riddle is not only important but dangerous as well.
Disguised as a dilettante interested in antiquities, Sir Richard Faulconer comes to Gibraltar to find who is providing substandard equipment to the army and to track down missing plans for fortifications in Portugal. If the plans fall into French hands, it would seriously compromise Viscount Wellington’s protection of Portugal and the outcome of the war in Spain.
When Minerva and Sir Richard meet, they are naturally suspicious of each other. But as their paths continue to cross, wariness soon turns to attraction, which leads hazardously close to love. When the identity of a French spy is discovered, Minerva is suspected as the traitor and could be hung. Will solving Harry’s riddle uncover the truth, or will it be too late?
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