The Librarian Spy: A Novel of World War II


"Readers will be on the edge of their seats.... A brilliant tale of resistance, courage and ultimately hope."
-Kelly Rimmer, New York Times bestselling author of The Warsaw Orphan

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Bookshop in London comes a moving new novel inspired by the true history of America's library spies of World War II.

Ava thought her job as a librarian at the Library of Congress would mean a quiet, routine existence. But an unexpected offer from the US military has brought her to Lisbon with a new mission: posing as a librarian while working undercover as a spy gathering intelligence.

Meanwhile, in occupied France, Elaine has begun an apprenticeship at a printing press run by members of the Resistance. It's a job usually reserved for men, but in the war, those rules have been forgotten. Yet she knows that the Nazis are searching for the press and its printer in order to silence them.

As the battle in Europe rages, Ava and Elaine find themselves connecting through coded messages and discovering hope in the face of war.

"Uplifting, inspiring and suspenseful, this is one to savor!" -Natasha Lester, New York Times bestselling author of The Riviera House

"Madeline Martin is a fantastic author. The Librarian Spy is a stunning tour de force of historical fiction." -Karen Robards, author of The Black Swan of Paris

Don't miss Madeline Martin's newest historical novel, The Keeper of Hidden Books!

Also by Madeline Martin:

  • The Last Bookshop in London
  • The Keeper of Hidden Books

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400 pages

Average rating: 7.29




Community Reviews

Apr 15, 2023
10/10 stars
This is a very good read! I genuinely loved the people in the book and the ending wasn't wrapped in a perfect Bow like expected, which I like. Definitely recommend as your next read.
Feb 08, 2023
10/10 stars
Randomly picked this up as my plane read for some travel. A couple things first, I’m a sucker for historical fiction, anything relating to spies I will read, and I love to read about things I’ve never heard about before. So this book was a must for me and I had some pretty high expectations. I also knew that it was going to talk about the French Revolution but I didn’t realize how much. Let me just say, I almost cried multiple times on the plane more
Sep 27, 2022
8/10 stars
Great time piece. Easy read.

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