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THE INDECENT AGENT By Tracy Cooper-Posey

Adelaide Becket Story 7.0

Historical Suspense Espionage Novelette

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Trouble reaches out to Lady Adelaide from across the oceans.

Lady Adelaide Azalea Margaret de Morville, Mrs. Hugh Becket, English peer and British intelligence agent, receives an unexpected letter from her dear friend Isa Hass in the Cape Colony, which sends her dashing to Cape Town to confirm her suspicions about Isa and the death of Adele’s husband, three years ago.

Spy master William Melville insists that Daniel Bannister, Lord Leighton, accompany her.  Adele complies, even though she resents Leighton’s company, for their nascent relationship ran aground some weeks before.

Adele’s return to Cape Town elicits memories both bitter and sweet, and unlocks the secrets surrounding her friend Isa, provoking a violent and deadly response from the shadowy figures who resent that exposure…

The Adelaide Becket series.
1: The Requisite Courage
2: The Rosewater Debutante
3: The Unaccompanied Widow
4: The Lavender Semaphore
5: The Broadcloth Midnight
6: The Salinghall Error
7: The Indecent Agent
…and more to come.
An Edwardian Suspense Espionage series

{Also see: Thrillers, Espionage, Historical, Novelettes}

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The Indecent Agent
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 6 reviews
 by Dina Bushrod
Friend in need, going home, suspicions, murders, shock, and tears

I always try not to give spoilers and it's very hard not to with this story. I can say that I found this book, in the series, to be the most adventurous, puzzling, and OMG NO, of all. It left me with feelings of anguish and tears. Our heroine is at her best in picking up the clues and using her brilliant mind to come up with the answers, but even she cannot see the future. The author gives us such detailed information, that she puts the readers right there in the story, looking over Adelaide's shoulder. Be sure to read this moving story and if you haven't read the series, I highly recommend you do.

 by IngSav
What a spellbinding rollercoaster!

I was completely captivated with surprises, tender moments and edge-of-my-seat excitement all packed into this novelette. This is a gut-wrenching story told in such a way that we feel Adele's trials and tribulations ten-fold! I empathise with Adele and can see how this latest crisis will build her fortitude for the challenges to come in service to King and country.

I love each story of Adele's development and experiences as an agent working for the British government. This book involves a slightly more personal approach to Adele's life as an agent when she visits her friend Isa, in Cape Town.
I'm enthusiastically looking forward to reading the next instalment.

I highly recommend this series and am enjoying the unfolding journey of Adele's life as an agent. Definitely a series to be read in order, from the start, to appreciate how much Adele has changed and grown into her role as well as the introductions to the characters around her.

 by Shannon Wheat
Amazing

Lady Adele starts receiving letters from Isa that raise her suspicions. Accompanied by Daniel Bannister she returns to Cape Town for the first time in 3 years. Digging into her friend's life provokes some dangerous people. This short story has suspense, action and a surprising plot twist. I highly recommend reading the entire series in order.

 by Marilyn C. Putman
Atmospheric mystery novelette

Although a novelette, light in its number of pages, The Indecent Agent is jam-packed with content. The atmosphere of South Africa is all but tangible; I could see it, feel it, and even smell it. Historical details abound, advancing the plot and further enhancing the sense of both place and time. The fully-developed characters welcome the reader into a rapidly developing mystery as it progresses, moving along at speed to its conclusion. The author, well-known for her ability to develop complicated plots and resolve them in unexpected ways – and without ever cheating the reader – does not disappoint in this story. It is well worth a read! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 by Beatriz
She's done it again...

My goodness, Tracy has done it again! I don't think I will be forgetting about this book anytime soon. You'll just see... By the way, I really liked the more intimate look into Daniel and Adele's relationship, they are so very cute. And so very real. And she seems to be her own woman more and more. She's quite growing, in every sense. Isa's development is also very interesting, I can't wait to see where it goes. But don't get too comfortable, there're surprises ahead!

 by Karen
The Indecent Agent

The breaking of a heart echoes forever

The Indecent, Adelaide Becket--Story 7, by Tracy Cooper-Posey, is a novella, that brings Adelaide back to Cape Town for the first time since leaving there three years earlier. Cape Town was where she lived happily with the husband and son, before they were lost to her. This time she’s come to visit her friend, Isa, and encounters new dangers that will tear her life into shreds; shreds that may never come back together. A poignant chapter in this story, that wenches the heart. The best installment so far in this great series.


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EXCERPT FROM THE INDECENT AGENT
COPYRIGHT © TRACY COOPER-POSEY 2022
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SS Runic. Two days away from Cape Town. February 1908.

Adele was both annoyed and pleased that Melville had ordered Daniel Bannister, Baron Leighton, to accompany her to Cape Town. She was annoyed, because to her mind, this journey was one she was fully capable of undertaking by herself. She had not disputed Melville at the time, but for the fourteen days the voyage had taken so far, at least once each day Adele found herself wishing she had protested. If she had, then she would be alone on this voyage, as she had been for the journey back to England, almost exactly two years ago. As she had patently survived that onerous voyage as a new, bewildered widow, it followed that she was just as capable of sailing back to Cape Town on her own.

Yet, right at this moment, she was very pleased that Daniel was a passenger on the Runic¸ for he thought nothing of securing a grand suite that came with a private promenade deck, while Adele could barely afford the smallest first class cabin available, even with Melville’s small stipend. Daniel’s personal deck allowed them to practice in complete privacy, which was a very good thing. If any of the ladies aboard the Runic saw what Adele and Daniel actually did in his suite and upon the deck, they would be well beyond scandalized.

Daniel flexed his shoulders, making the collarless shirt shift and reveal rather more of his chest than a lady other than his wife should ever glimpse, then raised his hands once more.

“Again,” he said shortly.

Adele let her knees relax, ready to move, as she considered the unsmiling man before her. She put her hands on her hips. “Before the next round, we should discuss a shift in the ground rules.”

Daniel straightened a little. Irritation and a touch of puzzlement colored his expression. “Rules? There are no ru—”

Adele launched herself at him, ramming her shoulder into his chest. It hurt, even though she was braced for it, but the “oof” sound Daniel made as he staggered backward was fair compensation for the small pain.

She hooked the heel of her flat man’s loafer around the back of his ankle, and yanked the foot he’d just got under him right back out once more.

Daniel landed on his rear. Heavily.

Adele pushed her broadcloth encased knee into his shoulder, and thrust with her other foot to push Daniel’s back to the varnished deck boards. She rested enough of her weight upon his shoulder to keep him pinned there.

“Bloody hell, Adele…” Daniel muttered breathlessly. “You took me by surprise.”

“I do hope you’re not about to protest that I wasn’t playing by the rules?” she asked coolly, ignoring the oath.

“As there are no rules, I can hardly complain about you failing to follow them,” Daniel replied. He patted her knee. “Let me up, please.”

She got to her feet and brushed off the trousers she wore. They and the man’s shirt were one reason she was glad of the private deck. The peculiar exercises Daniel and she conducted upon the deck was the other reason. The sight of them would shock all the gossipy peers on the ship into next month.

“You said yourself that I must make up for my lack of strength with another factor,” Adele said.

Daniel felt around his rear, and winced. “I did,” he admitted. “I didn’t think you’d heard me.”

“There is nothing wrong with my hearing.”

“And I didn’t think you’d take this sort of tack, either.” He pulled his shirt together, then grimaced as he found a button had been torn off. Their earlier rounds had been far more strenuous. He unfastened the remaining buttons and stripped the shirt from him.

“I thought the point was for me to learn how I might overcome men, who are naturally stronger than I, as I am only a woman,” Adele said. “Have I not overcome you, more than once, this morning?”


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