Book Review by Aarene Storms: Viva Jacquelina!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Viva Jacquelina! by L.A. Meyer 

The irrepressible Jacky Faber is pressed into service yet again for British Intelligence ... this time, in Spain and Portugal. She charms her way into the household of the artist Francisco Goya, participates in the running of the bulls, and collects secret information during trips to the palace in Madrid.

But when the Spanish Inquisition shows up (who expected THAT?!), Jacky hits the road again, cavorting with Romani (gypsies) as she heads towards the relative safety of the harbor in Gibralter. And from there ... well, that will be the next book!

Fans of the series will love Jacky's typical madcap adventures as she rubs shoulders with famous figures from history and literature. Some cussing, some bloodshed, and a few sexual close-calls. I look forward to hearing the audiobook version, recorded as always by Katherine Kellgren. Recommended ages 13 to adult.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


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