The English countryside is not the usual hiding place for an umbrella-wielding killer. Returning from a successful mission in Cairo, the MI6 officer, Nikki Sinclair is sent to a top-secret facility to discover who murdered two scientists on the streets of London.
The murdered scientists have one thing in common. Both of them were recruited from the Eastern Bloc. Suspicion falls on Eva Horakova, a newly arrived Czech defector. Then there is the intriguing Professor Irma Lange, a scientist who clearly has something to hide.
Nikki uncovers hidden agendas, deceit, deception and bizarre behaviour. Not sure who to trust or what to believe, this woman MI6 spy is left with unanswered questions. She must discover the killer before another scientist is killed, and to compound matters, Nikki is no longer sure of Eva Horakova's guilt.
Can Nikki discover the identity of the umbrella assassin?
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Jaye Rothman is the creator and author of the Nikki Sinclair spy thrillers.
Nikki’s adventures begin in 1973, and follow her life as a British spy over ten years.
Why spy thrillers, and why a female protagonist?
My interest in espionage stems from a childhood growing up in London during the Cold War. An avid reader of James Bond books during my teenage years, I would watch the movies over and over, gripped by the characters and the non-stop action.
I often wondered why someone didn’t write a female equivalent to 007. But no one ever did.
Then, in 1981, when I was flying from Johannesburg to Lisbon, we stopped to refuel in Kinshasa. After disembarking, officials informed us the plane needed urgent repairs, they’d scheduled a replacement to take us on our way, but the aircraft would not arrive until three days hence. Considered passengers in transit, we had to surrender our passports and were driven, under guard, to a hotel on the outskirts of the city. We were told the non-functioning phones and faxes were due to a power outage as the result of a storm.
I was eating dinner with my fellow passengers in the hotel dining room when the premise for a book came to me. What if someone in our party disappeared in the middle of the night? Would the consequences be far-reaching? Thus, an outline for my novel The Hell of Osirak was born.
The idea percolated in my mind and, gradually over time, a character took shape: MI6 officer, Nikki Sinclair. I’ve set my stories during the years of the Cold War when Communism cast a dark shadow over Europe, and I hope my writing captures that period in history.
In 2017, I spent a year visiting European cities. My intention to gain inspiration for more Nikki Sinclair adventures, research examples of everyday life under Communism and ensure accuracy of location descriptions for the time and place added impetus to the experience.
These days, I live in a small coastal town north of Auckland with my devoted rescue dog, Molly the Collie, and spend my time tapping away on a computer. So far, I’ve written eight books featuring Nikki Sinclair, most of them based on actual events, such as the bombing of Osirak by the Israelis. Publishing these novels during the first half of 2021 is the next step in my writing journey.