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HaBO: Silver Haired Spies

Help a Bitch OutAimee is looking for a book that she remembers from years ago – but can only recall a few sketchy details: 

I am desperately (in bodice ripping fashion) hoping that you can help me with the title of a 80's-90's romance. The basic plot centered on a female British spy/code cracker working as a ladies maid who has to downplay her looks, especially her “silver” hair …. the book made a big deal about the hair color.

A strange and fascinating stranger arrives who turns out to also be a spy. There is intrigue, mayhem, then yadda yadda yadda the hero kidnaps the heroine and drags her to America by boat to help stop a plot orchestrated by Napoleon. I think the bad guy was referred to as The Spider. There is the requisite horrible misunderstanding when they arrive in America, driving them apart before foiling the plot, while the heroine wears a fabulous gown that in description would rival Grace Kelly's gold costume dress in “To Catch A Thief”.

I would really love to have this one back. Help me SB's, you're my only hope!

Ok, that gown has me surrounded by deep swirling fantasies wherein I could not only wear a gown like that but also go to the bathroom unassissted while wearing it. HA. Do you recall this book?


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  1. 1
    Wicken4 says:

    Did the heroine have violot eyes to go with her magnificent silver hair?  I know the story.  Let me think.

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    Wicken4 says:

    And Spyder ended up being another female?

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    Runswithscissors says:

    After lo these many years – finally a HABO I know! I believe the book is Moonlight (or maybe Moonlit?) Obsession by Jill Gregory and the heroine’s name is Anemone Carstairs and I remember it in loving detail because it was one of the first romances I ever read.

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    I have a friend whose hair is naturally silver blonde (also stick-straight and very, very fine. She looks like a freaking supermodel). I assume that this is what authors are going for when they say the heroine has silver hair, but it still makes me wonder if the character has gone prematurely gray.

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    Jordan Rowe says:

    Ho-boy!  I looked up Moonlit Obsession and that cover is totally fuchsia-tastic! Love it!

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    Anemone Carstairs, as a spy protagonist?

    Oh, dear.  You see, that makes me think she must be related to the Carstairs who runs the particular department of the CIA that employs a certain Mrs. Emily Pollifax….

    [I disclaim all responsibility for anyone whose head explodes as a result of that thought.]

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    PamG says:

    Speaking of silver-haired spies….

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    Nuclearplante says:

    Thank you Runswithscissors….this is like a birthday and Christmas present rolled into one!  And I just knew the cover was going to be fuschia! 

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    runswithscissors says:

    My pleasure!  Glad to help a Smart Bitch in need. I giggled as I typed the heroine’s name, remembering that I was about 12 when I first read the book and really struggled to pronounce ‘Anemone’.  So now when I see it I think of the Muppets and the Mahna Mahna song. 
    Anemone, do doo-be do do.  Anemone, do doo-be do.  Anemone, do doo-be do do, be do do, be do do, be do do doodle do. 
    Now you’ve inspired me to reread, so I’ll have to seek out my own fuchsia-covered copy.

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    Beccah W. says:

    Sadly there are not many romance novels featuring cougers.

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    SB Sarah says:

    I have an email from Aimee who says, in effect, “YES! That’s the book.” Y’all are amazing.

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    sddalg says:

    I want to say thank you for the link to the fantastic vintage design site (to show Grace Kelly’s dress). Except, it means I have ANOTHER fun thing to do besides work.

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