The excellent new James Bond blog, The Literary 007 today delivers a top scoop – the first plot synopsis for Samantha Weinberg’s The Moneypenny Diaries: Final Fling.
Due out in May next year, Final Fling will contain Jane Moneypenny’s 1964/65 diary entries, which follow on from those in 2005’s Guardian Angel and last year’s Secret Servant.
The synopsis (which contains spoilers, for those who have not read the first two novels) of the potentially controversial plot follows.
Final Fling combines the excitement of a cold war spy thriller with the mystery of a contemporary detective story. In the 1964/65 volume of her private diaries, Jane Moneypenny reports her demotion from the position of M’s secretary as the British Secret Intelligence Service is hit by a series of defection scandals. Facing considerable personal danger, she combines forces with 007 in a resolve to smoke out the mole she is convinced is buried deep in the heart of the Office. But, when Bond is sacked and M is forced into retirement, Moneypenny finds herself on her own…
Forty-two years later, Miss Moneypenny’s niece and heir, Kate Westbrook, starts to suspect that her aunt’s death was no accident. She is sure the clues to what happened lie in the search for the mole. As she pieces them together, however, she realizes that there are significant forces who are determined to prevent her finding the truth.
From the glamour of 1960s Jamaica to the treacherous beaches of the Outer Hebrides, Final Fling reveals just how far people are prepared to go to defend – or betray – their beliefs, and relates the life and death, and surprising final love, of the world’s most famous fictional secretary.
The Moneypenny Diaries: Final Fling will be the last novel in the series.
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