Tainted Angel takes place during the Napoleonic Wars. England has employed various spies who apparently don’t trust each other any further than they can see them, and not even then. The heroine, Vidia Swanson, aka Lina McCord, etc., is a beautiful woman and successful spy. Her success as a spy is largely based on her stunning beauty and her skill in flirtation that easily deceives her French targets. Lucien Carstairs, aka Lord Tynebourne, spy extraordinaire, while desperately in love with Vidia, suspects she is a double agent. Lucien is determined to clear Vidia’s name despite the fact that it was his dead wife, Marie, herself a French agent, who denounced Vidia. Then there is the question of missing gold shipments and a fortune in notes from the Bank of England, which may or may not be forgeries, and Vidia’s involvement with the wealthy and mysterious Mr. Brodie, her protector and owner of her townhouse.
This is Anne Cleeland’s debut novel. This is much more to the plot than the love story, which is standard fare and fits the bill as a historical romance. There are added thrills. Tainted Angel is a masterpiece of plot twists and adventure. A suspenseful read to take to the beach.