Although M. S. Spencer has lived or visited countries in five of the seven continents, the last thirty years have been spent mostly in Washington, D.C. as a librarian, Congressional staff assistant, speechwriter, editor, birdwatcher, kayaker, policy wonk, non-profit director and parent. Once she escaped academia, she worked for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Department of the Interior, in several library systems, both public and academic, and at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. She holds a BA from Vassar College, a Diploma in Arabic Studies from the American University in Cairo, and Masters in Anthropology and in Library Science from the University of Chicago. All of this tends to insinuate itself into her works.
Ms. Spencer has two fabulous grown children and an equally fabulous granddaughter. She divides her time between the Gulf Coast of Florida and a tiny village in Maine.
In an era electric with possibility and peril Maris Graystone, political writer, and Michael Kinder, CIA troubleshooter, meet under oddly conventional circumstances. Despite the instantaneous sparks, they both sense there is more to their relationship than physical attraction.
Both Miranda Cabot and her sister Honor prefer their solitude to romance, Miranda having watched her husband die in flames on the Potomac River rocks called the Three Sisters. Not so the youngest, Sybil, who invites a mysterious Frenchman calling himself the Chevalier due bon Arnaque to stay with them in their mansion overlooking the Sisters.