“Circle of Spies” is Book 3 in the Culper Ring series by Roseanna M. White. This novel is set in the time of the Civil War in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore has been in Union territory, but has many Confederate sympathizers. Marietta Hughes is a widow with a Union family and sympathies, living in a household of Confederates. She is engaged to her brother-in-law, who is waiting for her to come out of mourning for his brother, in order to marry her. As the story progresses, we are privy to the secrets of the house. The Pinkerton Agency has sent at agent to infiltrate a clandestine group who is secretly trying to start another revolution after the South admitted defeat. Their primary goal is to kidnap President Lincoln, but plans keep going awry and they resort to another plan. Marietta finds that her intended is not the man she thought and since her family is part of the Culper Ring of spies, she is also included in helping them and the Pinkerton Agent.
I really enjoyed this novel because it provides another story behind the Lincoln assassination and shows the mood of the country after the surrender. I was also heartened by the fact that Marietta found herself as we went along in the book. This novel was full of suspense and surprises. I highly recommend it. I am also going to find the first two books in the series, which take place during different periods of war in America. I’m sure I will enjoy reading them.
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