Lipstick and Lies by Margit Liesche
(Pucci Lewis Mysteries)

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Women Air Force Service Pilot and undercover agent Pucci Lewis did not want to go to jail. But how else could she unmask Grace Buchanan-Dineen, an imprisoned countess-counteragent suspected of triple-dealing and possibly putting our country’s future at risk?

Buchanan-Dineen was a real-life figure who led a German spy ring that operated in Detroit during WWII. Confronted by the FBI, she agreed to act as a counteragent helping to nail the other ring members. Jailed along with her cohorts—“for her own protection”—her rancor ran deep.

Enter Pucci, landing in a B-24 bomber at the Willow Run aircraft factory. Late for a meeting, she takes a shortcut and stumbles upon a corpse. Agent Dante appears and reveals the dead man to be a German spy. A fellow Willow Run employee, Otto Renner, had been under surveillance and the FBI suspects a link between Renner and the imprisoned countess. Dante convinces Pucci to become a sister inmate to see what she can learn. Then she infiltrates a posh women’s club where Buchanan-Dineen, billed as a “charm consultant,” once lectured. Could the club really be the center of a spy ring?

About Margit Liesche

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Margit Liesche is the daughter of Hungarian refugees who arrived in the States in 1947 following years of missionary service in war-torn central China. Weaned on her parents’ tales of adventure and escape, intrigue is part of her DNA. Margit lives in Marin County CA.
Published December 26, 2009 by ReadHowYouWant. 329 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Next she’s disguised as a reporter ensconced in the ritzy Cosmos Club, where she’s supposed to be interviewing women contributing to the war effort while keeping an eye on Otto Renner, who’s suspected of passing classified information to the enemy from the nearby Willow Run aircraft factory.

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She’s an agent for the army, a fact seemingly not known to the FBI.

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Review: Margit Liesche's debut mystery, Lipstick and Lies, is a fictional story of the many women who during World War II exhibited loyalty and a willingness to do anything to help the war effort on the home front.

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