A former undetected outlaw who ran with Bill Bagley's notorious gang during the Depression, Lena Stillman is now an elite codebreaker. Good under pressure, good at keeping her mouth shut, Lena has no trouble keeping her double lives compartmentalized--at least not until Bill is sentenced to hang.

Despite mounting fears that her secret life might be revealed, Lena excels at her work and her skills attract new, unwanted attention. She is assigned to root out a spy at the Esquimalt base, and even her friends become suspects.

Intricate and entertaining, Speakeasy is a riveting West Coast caper, but deeper issues lurk below. With the violence of war encroaching on Canada's shores, Lena must grapple with her past and use all of her skills, linguistic and otherwise. She discovers that loyalty is simply a form of love. Who knows what causes it--or what revelations could make it disappear?

Praise for Speakeasy

"A sizzling tale of a one-time criminal now turned war hero--but what I like best is the all-too-rare telling of a World War II story through the eyes of a woman." -Colin Beavan, author of Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America's First Shadow War


Forthcoming in America, 2018

The historic Flatiron Building, home of St. Martin's Press, New York. Stay tuned for launch details.