To Be a Spy - Jessie Clever

Date Published: December 21, 2016

Format: E-book

Source: NOOK

Date Read: January 26, 2019

Winter COYER/24 in 48 Read-a-thon



Samuel Black must make a decision: to be a spy like his father or follow his heart. Either is likely to give his mother chest pains.

For Samuel is no longer a lad with the ambitious and noble wish of being a lamplighter to keep the seedy streets of London safe. About to embark on university, his mind stirs with the thoughts of creating a policing force in London to safeguard its citizens. Held back by his family’s legacy as spies, Samuel does not make his ideas known.

But when he stops a would-be purse-snatcher, his path unexpectedly veers into that of one Miss Penelope Paiget, and suddenly, Samuel must make a choice.

To Be a Spy picks up seven years after the conclusion of the Spy Series, a historical romantic suspense series following the adventures of a family of spies during the Napoleonic Wars.



The romance was paused before it got off the ground in a real cliffhanger sort of way, but in the middle of the story. It seemed clunky. I think these stories would work better after reading the other series, and all the short stories read one after another to get the full romance. I prefer a romance storyline that is finished at the end of the book. The job conflict was much more interesting, but could have been fleshed out and show more the stakes in choosing one job over another in a longer book.