*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: At long last we replenish our stocks of Modesty Blaise paperback novels, including A Taste For Death, Last Day In Limbo, Modesty Blaise, Sabre-Tooth & The Impossible Virgin. Often compared to her contemporary James Bond, we have always found Modesty to be superior! If you haven’t tried Modesty, she really is the best policy, and at prices between £3-£8, an excellent choice!
*Crime, Spies & Sleaze: No time for love in our Books department – no bodice-ripping Regency doorstops here, thank you – but for the author Madeleine Brent, we make an exception. Because ‘Madeleine Brent was a pseudonym for Peter O’Donnell, creator of Modesty Blaise, who used a variety of aliases in his long career as a jobbing author, and where the Madeleine Brent novels stand out is that their heroines are unusually skilled, preternaturally gifted, physically courageous, or all three. These tightly-plotted stories all have a strong adventurous/suspense component, and it’s easy to imagine – if you have the Phillip Jose Farmer mindset of wanting to connect all the fictional realms – that Madeleine Brent heroines are ancestresses of the mysterious Modesty! From the boomerang-throwing Mitjikwin of “Golden Urchin” to the heiress-turned-music hall performer Bridie Chance of “Capricorn Stone”, these ladies are independent, intelligent, and highly entertaining. We have five of the nine Brent novels available from a variety of publishers and in varying condition, so if we’ve managed to pique your curiosity, now’s a good time to try!