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MARY BENNET

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Full Name: Mary Bennet
Nationality: British
Organization: British Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: Katherine Cowley
Time Span: 2021 - 2022

ABOUT THE SERIES

Mary Bennet is an agent with British Intelligence.

Well, perhaps that is not totally true; the woman who would become her boss (or handler in today's parlance), Lady Trafford, more accurately identifies the organization she is in as "a network that seeks to fight against those who, knowingly or unknowingly, would undermine our country". As there does not appear to be an official department for espionage work in the year 1813 when these adventures begin, going with British Intelligence seems as good a description as any.

[Note: Before advancing any further here, it is important to note that the Mary Bennet in these tales is the same one first met in the terrific, classic tale recounted by Jane Austen in her novel Pride and Prejudice, dealing with the need for at least one of the Bennet sisters (there were five altogether) to marry before the death of their father and their loss of home and security. Mary is the middle sister, the one just younger than the protagonist of that story, Elizabeth.]

The death of Bennet's father has put her in a poor financial situation so she is reluctantly amenable, after some time to consider her options, to an offer of a position in household of Lady Trafford, an elegant but stern woman who showed up a bit before the funeral to pay her respects to her distant deceased relative.

That would find her moving to Castle Durrington, near Worthing, in Sussex. It is there she will find herself propositioned to be a spy by more than one group, each leery of the other, culminating in become one of Lady Trafford's operatives. Once she accepts that offer, she will be trained at length by the inimitable and daunting Lady Trafford and her very capable and handsome nephew, Withrow. She will also becomes collegues with fellow operative Fanny Cramer, herself a most interesting individual.

The primary concerns for Lady Trafford's group, and therefore Bennet, is the immediate threat to all of Europe posed by the military might and hunger of Napoleon Bonaparte, as well as those inside the British power struggle who saw financial benefit in French Emperor's ambitions to the detriment of the British people.

Good Lines:
-Said by Mary Bennet when she is accused of thinking highly of herself, "There is no virtue in false modesty".

BOOKS

Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2021
Last Appearance:2022

This three-book series deals with the activities of Mary Bennet, third of five Bennet daughters whose mother's struggle to get each married is recounted in Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice.

Listed below numbered 0 is the original novel from which the character is pulled. Obviously that book is not an actual part of the series but is listed here for 'consistency'.


0 Pride And Prejudice Pride And Prejudice
Written by Jane Austen
Copyright: 1813

The Bennet girls have lived at the Longbourn estate all their lives but as their father nears his death, their mother is working hard to make sure all five girls are married before they lose their home due to estate laws. The main interest of the story is the second daughter, Elizabeth, but we meet and learn of all five young women, including middle daughter, Mary Bennet.
Obviously, this classic novel is not a spy adventure in any way.

1 The Secret Life of Miss Mary Bennet The Secret Life of Miss Mary Bennet
Written by Katherine Cowley
Copyright: 2021

Mary Bennet had financial troubles which required her to accept a position at Castle Durrington. From the moment she arrived, she was faced with mysteries. Who was her mysterious benefactor? Was there really a danger of invasion by Napoleon's armies? "Always curious, Mary sets out to discover the truth. But when she discovers the dead body of a would-be thief she outed prior to her father’s funeral, Mary jeopardizes her position at the castle and her family’s good name in her quest for the truth."
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2 The True Confessions of a London Spy The True Confessions of a London Spy
Written by Katherine Cowley
Copyright: 2021

"When Miss Mary Bennet is assigned to London for the Season, extravagant balls and eligible men are the least of her worries. A government messenger has been murdered and suspicion falls on the Radicals, who may be destabilizing the government in order to compel England down the bloody path of the French Revolution.
Working with her fellow spies, Mr. William Stanley and Miss Fanny Cramer, Mary must investigate without raising the suspicions of her family, rescue her friend Miss Georgiana Darcy from a suitor scandal, and solve the mystery before anyone else is harmed—all without being discovered, lest she be exiled back to the countryside."
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3 The Lady's Guide to Death and Deception The Lady's Guide to Death and Deception
Written by Katherine Cowley
Copyright: 2022

"Life changes once again for British spy Miss Mary Bennet when Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from the Isle of Elba. Mary quickly departs England for Brussels, the city where the Allied forces prepare for war against the French. But shortly after her arrival, one of the Duke of Wellington's best officers is murdered, an event which threatens to break the delicate alliance between the Allies.
Investigating the murder forces Mary into precarious levels of espionage, role-playing, and deception with her new partner, Mr. Withrow—the nephew and heir of her prominent sponsor, and the spy with whom she's often at odds. Together, they court danger and discovery as they play dual roles gathering intelligence for the British."
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MY COMMENTS

I have never been a fan of taking people from the past, either real or literary, and turning them into fictional agents. Except on rare occasions. Like this one. I mean if it had been Elizabeth who was the spy, I would have probably been a naysayer but Mary? I'm like, cool! Can I explain my feelings? Not a bit.

The writing style of these adventures is so perfect for the tales they are presenting. It set the mood exactly as I would have thought needed. Mary is made so interesting in her own right, especially since she is in a position that seemed best suited to be ignored - middle children get the short shrift.

The author has not written anything else since these came out. I am hoping that means she is busy penning another Mary Bennett adventure.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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