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The Maze of Cadiz: Peter Cotton Thriller 1: The first thriller in this gripping espionage series

Aly Monroe

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Thriller / suspense, Espionage & spy thriller

One man can change the course of war . . .

1944. Sent to Spain to arrest a rogue spy, British agent Peter Cotton expects an easy first assignment. But he arrives to find his quarry dead and all of Cadiz awaiting his arrival.

In a hotbed of scandal and murder, Cotton must navigate through a labyrinth of international conspiracies, shifting political allegiances and a mysterious local expatriate community to discover the truth. What he unearths could just tilt the emerging balance of post-war power and the course of history for ever.

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Praise for The Maze of Cadiz: Peter Cotton Thriller 1: The first thriller in this gripping espionage series

  • 'Accomplished crime-writing debut...atmospheric and surprising', - Sunday Times (Culture), Joan Smith

  • Very moving...plot is intriguing - New Books

  • The Maze of Cadiz is a splendid debut mystery ... Monroe provides terrific and convincing historical atmosphere; I am delighted that she is writing more Peter Cotton novels - Marcel Berlins, The Times

  • Aly Monroe has created an impressive novel with an extraordinary, dream-like atmosphere ... only the first of a series of novels about him. The next can't come too soon. - Natasha Cooper, Financial Times

  • Aly Monroe is a newcomer to crime writing, whose accomplished debut, The Maze of Cadiz, is set in 1944 ... Monroe's portrait of Cadiz in the aftermath of the civil war is atmospheric, and in a surprising twist the mild-mannered Cotton turns out to be as devious as his adversaries - Joan Smith, The Sunday Times

  • Cotton's investigating is clever and fascinating - Matthew Lewin, Guardian

  • Addictive - Sunday Telegraph

  • Her writing is skilful and evocative...The Maze of Cadiz is a stylish and impressive debut - The Economist

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Aly Monroe

Aly Monroe was born and educated in England. Trained in linguistics, she has lived abroad - mostly in Spain - and speaks several languages. She is married and has three children. The first three books in the Peter Cotton series, Maze of Cadiz and Washington Shadow and Icelight (winner of the 2012 Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award) are also available from Hodder & Stoughton. You can find out more about Peter Cotton and Aly Monroe via her website, or at, through her official facebook page at, and you can follow her on Twitter at

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