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Full Name: Shirley Fitzgerald
Series Name: Enigmatic Defection
Nationality: American
Organization: None
Occupation Other - Teacher

Creator: Elise Robbins
Time Span: 2014 - 2015


Shirley Fitzgerald is a teacher.

She is not a spy, at least I do not think she is. From the little that I have read so far, I am not sure what exactly Fitzgerald is but I am decidedly interested in learning more.

What I do know is that she is a pretty fascinating woman married to a man who suddenly, without warning, decides that he is going to defect from West Germany into communist East Germany and that is going to cause no end of trouble for this woman who has skills and talents and abilities beyond being a teacher.

When we first meet her, she is Shirley Manning, described as an attractive, dark haired young woman of 18 years of age, possessing "huge brown eyes, wide mouth, good bone structure". She has just obtained her PhD (pretty young for that). We are told, from the perspective of Daniel Fitzgerald, the man she will soon marry, that in addition to her sociology education, she "also composed music, was well known as a singer and had just hosted a series of shows which were soon to be televised".

     Interestingly, for someone who has so much planned in her own future, she surprised even herself when, after meeting Daniel at a social gathering, she allowed herself to be swept off her feet and just a very short time after meeting, she would become a Fitzgerald and be very much in love.

     It is the short courtship which will play a major role in the adventures that Shirley Fitzgerald will have because she will not have had the time to get to know the type of work that her new husband was really involved in. It might have been a good thing to know.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2014
Last Appearance:2015

1 The Berlin Divide The Berlin Divide
Written by Elise Robbins
Copyright: 2014

The year is 1986. Shirley Fitzgerald is married to Daniel and life should be a good one except he unexpectedly decides to flee to East Germany. When she follows him there, he insists that she divorce him and start a new life.
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2 The Berlin Hope The Berlin Hope
Written by Elise Robbins
Copyright: 2015

To help Daniel convince the East German authorities his defection was on the level, Shirley Fitzgerald followed his instructions and got a divorce from him. She went on to marry Joshua. Then the matter with her first husband took an interesting turn.
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3 The Berlin Vendetta The Berlin Vendetta
Written by Elise Robbins
Copyright: 2015

The year is 1990. The walls between East and West Berlin came down a year before. Shirley Fitzgerald's world of intrigue is not finished with the dissolution of the two Germany's. In fact, she is finding herself pulled into a conspiracy to bring down the government.
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     This is and is not a spy series. It is because of the people in it and the things they do and as such it is not bad at all. It is not because it is also very much a romance adventure and as such it is very good. The feelings between Shirley Fitzgerald, nee Manning, and Daniel are a lot of fun to follow.

     Daniel is a very fine fellow but reading the stories, I get the urge to kick him in the shins for not telling his wife the truth about what he does. Thank goodness Shirley, though in the dark a fair amount of time, is really, really sharp and not one to be plagued with wool over her eyes for long.


My Grade: B


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