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Two rival spies must brave pirates, witches, and fake matrimony to save the Queen.
Known as Agent A, Alice is the top operative within the Agency of Undercover Note Takers, a secret government intelligence group that is fortunately better at espionage than at naming itself. From managing deceptive witches to bored aristocratic ladies, nothing is beyond Alice’s capabilities. She has a steely composure and a plan always up her sleeve (alongside a dagger and an embroidered handkerchief). So when rumors of an assassination plot begin to circulate, she’s immediately assigned to the case.
But she’s not working alone. Daniel Bixby, otherwise known as Agent B and Alice's greatest rival, is given the most challenging undercover assignment of his life— pretending to be Alice’s husband. Together they will assume the identity of a married couple, infiltrate a pirate house party, and foil their unpatriotic plans.
Determined to remain consummate professionals, Alice and Daniel must ignore the growing attraction between them, especially since acting on it might prove more dangerous than their target.
India Holton lives in New Zealand, where she has enjoyed the typical Kiwi lifestyle of wandering around forests, living barefoot on islands, and messing about in boats. Now she lives in a cottage near the sea, writing books about uppity women and charming rogues, and drinking too much tea.
"The Secret Service of Tea and Treason was everything I wanted and everything I didn’t know I needed. No one writes like India Holton–and I have never met a more immersive read! This Victorian romcom absolutely sparkles! It was tenderly strong, hilariously romantic, and deliciously steamy. A pitch perfect addition to this fantastical series!"—Sarah Adams, author of The Cheat Sheet
“Oh my giddy heart! The Secret Service of Tea and Treason is brilliantly bonkers, romping fun—sleuthing shenanigans, explosive action, and most of all, radiant, romantic joy. I adored every page.”—Chloe Liese, author of Two Wrongs Make a Right
“With moments of high comedy and incredible sweetness, a gazillion more uniquely Holton-esque shenanigans, and a wonderful neurodivergent heroine to boot, The Secret Service of Tea and Treason is joyous, marvellous fun.”—Sangu Mandanna, author of The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches
"The Secret Service is a caper of the highest order. If you've read India Holton, prepare for more of everything you love: magic, mayhem, literary misquotes, and two misfits falling in love. If you haven't...hold on to your parachute hat."—Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January
“Holton’s signature tongue-in-cheek style shines, pairing dry wit with ludicrous situations to excellent effect. Alice and Daniel’s banter is a particular highlight, and their tender connection helps to ground all the action. This may be Holton’s best yet.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Witty, deeply clever, and read-it-like-you-just-robbed-some-pirates fast. Those who have been with the books from the start (the last installment was The League of Gentlewomen Witches) will be gleeful, and those finding them now will immediately want to read back. Flying houses ahoy, buy in bulk.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“A comedic romance with maximum vibes”—Kirkus Reviews