Must-Get Monday #121

A Shadow in Moscow

by Katherine Reay

Releases June 13, 2023

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I have only ever read one book by Reay: The Printed Letter Bookshop. I loved this book and highly recommend it. I don’t know why I haven’t picked up another book by Reay since then. I guess time just gets away from us readers. But I am scheduled to read A Shadow in Moscow in June. I am super excited and can’t wait to get to this book!

About the Book

A betrayal at the highest level risks the lives of two courageous female spies: MI6s best Soviet spy and the CIAs newest Moscow recruit. As the KGB closes in, a compromise must be struck if either woman hopes to survive.

Vienna, 1954

After losing everyone she loves in the final days of World War II, Ingrid Bauer agrees to a hasty marriage with a gentle Soviet embassy worker and follows him home to Moscow. But nothing deep within the Soviet Union’s totalitarian regime is what it seems, including her new husband, whom Ingrid suspects works for the KGB. Upon her daughter’s birth, Ingrid risks everything and reaches out in hope to the one country she understands and trusts–Britain, the country of her mother’s birth–and starts passing along intelligence to MI6, navigating a world of secrets and lies, light and shadow.


Part of the Foreign Studies Initiative, Anya Kadinova finishes her degree at Georgetown University and boards her flight home to Moscow, leaving behind the man she loves and a country she’s grown to respect. Though raised by dedicated and loyal Soviet parents, Anya soon questions an increasingly oppressive and paranoid Soviet regime at the height of the Cold War. When the KGB murders her bestfriend, Anya picks sides and contacts the CIA. Working in a military research lab, Anya passes along Soviet military plans and schematics in an effort to end the 1980s arms race.

Alternating points of view keep readers on their toes as the past catches up to the present when an unprecedented act of treachery in 1985 threatens all undercover agents operating within the Soviet Union, and both Ingrid and Anya find themselves in a race for their lives against time and the KGB.

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7 thoughts on “Must-Get Monday #121

  1. This one has been on my radar too! Fascinating subject.
    I can’t wait for The Lost Boys of Barlow Theater by Jamie Jo Wright
    Happy reading!

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  2. This book sounds fascinating. I also read and enjoyed THE PRINTED LETTER BOOKSHOP so I will definitely have to look for this one. I am looking forward to reading the new series by Natalie Walters, but I will be waiting a while since it isn’t written yet.

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  3. I’ve read, in the past, several books by Katherine and they’ve all been good. Makes me realize I haven’t read one of her more recent books in far too long. 🙂

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