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A gripping new mystery about a shadowy government agent investigating a bizarre murder in an ominous research facility Myles, an agent with the powerful and mysterious government agency Standard Division, is sent to investigate the murder of Allegra, a brilliant young researcher, whose body is found in the walk-in refrigerator of the remote campus for Ondstrand Biologic A gripping new mystery about a shadowy government agent investigating a bizarre murder in an ominous research facility Myles, an agent with the powerful and mysterious government agency Standard Division, is sent to investigate the murder of Allegra, a brilliant young researcher, whose body is found in the walk-in refrigerator of the remote campus for Ondstrand Biologic. Cunning, persistent, and willing to lean on the authority of his badge, Myles begins to unravel the sequence of events that led to her death and narrow the list of suspects down. But the deeper he gets in the investigation, the more he feels that he's not getting the full picture. What interest does Standard Division, an organization better known for intelligence gathering and dirty tricks, have in this particular case? Why did Ondstrand Biologic pick an unmistakably eerie former boarding school for their headquarters? And how do recent events relate to the troubled history of this location? As he learns more about Allegra and the company she worked for, the more he is convinced that the murder is but one element in a much deeper mystery. In order to unlock it, Myles will have to put the pieces together to uncover the truth behind this peculiar place and the reason of Allegra's untimely death.


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A gripping new mystery about a shadowy government agent investigating a bizarre murder in an ominous research facility Myles, an agent with the powerful and mysterious government agency Standard Division, is sent to investigate the murder of Allegra, a brilliant young researcher, whose body is found in the walk-in refrigerator of the remote campus for Ondstrand Biologic A gripping new mystery about a shadowy government agent investigating a bizarre murder in an ominous research facility Myles, an agent with the powerful and mysterious government agency Standard Division, is sent to investigate the murder of Allegra, a brilliant young researcher, whose body is found in the walk-in refrigerator of the remote campus for Ondstrand Biologic. Cunning, persistent, and willing to lean on the authority of his badge, Myles begins to unravel the sequence of events that led to her death and narrow the list of suspects down. But the deeper he gets in the investigation, the more he feels that he's not getting the full picture. What interest does Standard Division, an organization better known for intelligence gathering and dirty tricks, have in this particular case? Why did Ondstrand Biologic pick an unmistakably eerie former boarding school for their headquarters? And how do recent events relate to the troubled history of this location? As he learns more about Allegra and the company she worked for, the more he is convinced that the murder is but one element in a much deeper mystery. In order to unlock it, Myles will have to put the pieces together to uncover the truth behind this peculiar place and the reason of Allegra's untimely death.

30 review for A Secret About a Secret

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Thanks to Knopf Publishing Group for an ARC of this book for an honest review. Feel free to send me more comp books for honest reviews. 📚 🥰 “The cafeteria is this way.” “There’s no need, I’m not hungry.” “The cafeteria is where we found the body.“ Gobbled this well-written book up!!! Each chapter is short and breath-taking—did YOU see any clues in this first person who-dunit?!! Who’s fooling who?!! A riveting mystery about who’s hiding what and why as things are not as they originally seem in this Thanks to Knopf Publishing Group for an ARC of this book for an honest review. Feel free to send me more comp books for honest reviews. 📚 🥰 “The cafeteria is this way.” “There’s no need, I’m not hungry.” “The cafeteria is where we found the body.“ Gobbled this well-written book up!!! Each chapter is short and breath-taking—did YOU see any clues in this first person who-dunit?!! Who’s fooling who?!! A riveting mystery about who’s hiding what and why as things are not as they originally seem in this thriller. A summer must read!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Fast and fun mystery thriller with a gothic atmosphere. A very powerful and secretive government agency, Standard Division, sends Agent Myles to a remote research facility when one of their scientists is found dead in the executive kitchen walk-in fridge. Ondstrand Biologic sits cliff side with a private beach and was the former site of a boarding school with a disreputable past; many of the researchers both live and work there. Dr. Allegra Stans was one of them but Myles discovers that she was c Fast and fun mystery thriller with a gothic atmosphere. A very powerful and secretive government agency, Standard Division, sends Agent Myles to a remote research facility when one of their scientists is found dead in the executive kitchen walk-in fridge. Ondstrand Biologic sits cliff side with a private beach and was the former site of a boarding school with a disreputable past; many of the researchers both live and work there. Dr. Allegra Stans was one of them but Myles discovers that she was certainly not the nerdy academic who spent all of her time with her nose in the high tech pursuits of the company. Who murdered her and why? Myles has open access to all of the employees and the management team but everyone tries to keep their secrets despite his efforts and implied threats backed by his organization. I really enjoyed this and liked the writing style. The plot was interesting and the protagonist, Myles, was clever and discerning. Many parts of the book were deliberately vague, but it gave off a gothic vibe with the isolated location and the creepy history of the place. There were a lot of characters to keep straight, but the author did a good job of making each memorable -- and I was suspicious of them all. The whole story of who Myles is, who he works with and for, and the details about Standard Division were quite entertaining. I would definitely like to read more books in a series featuring this character. Thank you to NetGalley and Knopf Publishing Group for this e-book ARC to read, review, and recommend.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    If you like thrillers, brooding mysteries set in eerie locations, secrets by the score, manor house type vibe, techno stuff like genetics, a bit of subtle, dry humor and above all an ultra secret state run bureau....this is the next book you need to read. It has a bit of every genre in it and they are all woven together in a real page turner. Agent Myles - who prefers to be called just Myles, thank you very much - arrives at a spooky mansion on a seaside cliff, a location that was, at one time, a If you like thrillers, brooding mysteries set in eerie locations, secrets by the score, manor house type vibe, techno stuff like genetics, a bit of subtle, dry humor and above all an ultra secret state run bureau....this is the next book you need to read. It has a bit of every genre in it and they are all woven together in a real page turner. Agent Myles - who prefers to be called just Myles, thank you very much - arrives at a spooky mansion on a seaside cliff, a location that was, at one time, a boarding school with a dark past (cue the fitting background music) with orders to find out who killed Allegra Stans, a member of an ultra high tech organization named Ondstrand. The first thing we learn is Myles has been sent to investigate without one iota of information beyond the victim's name and that she has been murdered, her neck broken. We also understand that his bosses at Standard Division have been fully informed. Interesting. The list of suspects is limited with only 207 employees on site in a fairly remote location. Each chapter drew me to the next with ease and I kept saying to myself "just one more chapter". I was hooked. Even the nebulous feel of the location - is it Scandinavian? Is it Northern England? adds to the tension. I kept trying to find words to describe Myles. I think the words that best fit are he's a Government Fixer. He's a very interesting character in an engrossing mystery/thriller. A Secret About a Secret has a bit of everything. My thanks to the publisher Knopf Publishing Group and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kim Lockhart

    Smart, stylish, shadowy, heavily atmospheric noir. The steady pacing, secluded setting, gothic feel, and large cast of suspects, makes this particular murder mystery ring with big-time Umberto Ecco vibes. The story cannot be rushed. It's structured specifically to encourage close reading. The slow burn may frustrate some readers, but this is solid old-school storytelling. Smart, stylish, shadowy, heavily atmospheric noir. The steady pacing, secluded setting, gothic feel, and large cast of suspects, makes this particular murder mystery ring with big-time Umberto Ecco vibes. The story cannot be rushed. It's structured specifically to encourage close reading. The slow burn may frustrate some readers, but this is solid old-school storytelling.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Doreen

    5/28/2022 4.5 stars. Full review tk at CriminalElement.com. 5/28/2022 4.5 stars. Full review tk at CriminalElement.com.

  6. 4 out of 5

    LadyTechie

    A Secret About a Secret is a slow-burn thriller based in Europe. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I became totally enamored of this book because it contained one of my favorite things, which I will call contentious repartee. Normally, I love witty repartee, but, somehow this book has surfaced another subgenre of conversations that I confess to loving. Myles an agent with what is called Standard Division is assigned to investigat A Secret About a Secret is a slow-burn thriller based in Europe. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I became totally enamored of this book because it contained one of my favorite things, which I will call contentious repartee. Normally, I love witty repartee, but, somehow this book has surfaced another subgenre of conversations that I confess to loving. Myles an agent with what is called Standard Division is assigned to investigate the murder of a Brilliant scientist who at first glance is loved by everyone she comes in contact with, from her co-workers to her running club. But, there are secrets upon secrets, and some go back to the history of the building where the business, Ondstrand Biologic, is located. Something else key here is that what turns out to be a brilliant investigator is pitted against multiple brilliant scientists, who seem to be backed by a sister agency of Standard Division. Despite Allegra being gone, her personality and history with the local towns and the company shine through as if she is still living. Myles has a way of investigating that puts everyone on edge, just with him walking down the hall or coming into the cafeteria. Just as interesting is how he has a room on the campus of the company which ratches up the tension as it is akin to sleeping with the enemy. A Secret About a Secret had a few good action scenes, but, some of the conversations between Myles and the suspects were so fraught with tension that I kept expecting a slap or something thrown at any time. Myles is very driven and focused and his relationship and conversations with his director drive so much of this story in how he responds to her directives and how he finds a way to rebel against her wishes, sometimes to his detriment. I did get the hint that this may be a series and if I am correct, it is welcome! This review can also be read along with other reviews at Lady Techie's Book Musings. http://LadyTechiesbookmusings.blogspo...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tim Jin

    I couldn't get enough of "A Secret About a Secret". It's certainly a very slow burn, which I absolutely enjoyed the pace. Not everything has to go go go, where your mind is on Ritalin. When people first meet me, I am a very approachable person, very straightforward and engaging, but after the room dies down, I tend to shy away from the crowds and go to a corner of the room and just observe everyone from far. When reading this book, I got the same feeling that this was my time being immersed in a I couldn't get enough of "A Secret About a Secret". It's certainly a very slow burn, which I absolutely enjoyed the pace. Not everything has to go go go, where your mind is on Ritalin. When people first meet me, I am a very approachable person, very straightforward and engaging, but after the room dies down, I tend to shy away from the crowds and go to a corner of the room and just observe everyone from far. When reading this book, I got the same feeling that this was my time being immersed in a mirror within a mirror and sinking into the plot. The story is something that you feel on an endless walk in the desert. You are not sure what is real because the sun is beating down on you and all you want is to quench that thirst. This is how I like to read. The reason I like this novel so much is that Peter Spiegelman puts a muzzle on his words to let the reader expand their imagination. And that is the whole point of reading for me. When reading something fiction, I don't like having the dots connecting for me. This title was recommended to me by a friend and I finished it within two days. I highly recommend it for someone like an abstract detective thriller. I still don't understand what Standard Division is, but it will come to me when I'm in a corner, just observing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Randall

    If Dos Equis’, ‘The Most Interesting Man in the World’ was an investigator, he would work for Standard Division and his name would be Myles. I stumbled upon this book after seeing a review in WSJ and so glad I did. My favorite book so far of 2022 and my favorite investigator, Agent Myles (just call me Myles). Brusque, bordering on rude, no nonsense…I love this guy! I listened to this on audiobook and the narrator proved exceptional as well. Delivery and cadence were spot on in setting the mood of If Dos Equis’, ‘The Most Interesting Man in the World’ was an investigator, he would work for Standard Division and his name would be Myles. I stumbled upon this book after seeing a review in WSJ and so glad I did. My favorite book so far of 2022 and my favorite investigator, Agent Myles (just call me Myles). Brusque, bordering on rude, no nonsense…I love this guy! I listened to this on audiobook and the narrator proved exceptional as well. Delivery and cadence were spot on in setting the mood of the story, as well as nailing Myles’ persona. Never has such a simple phrase as ‘I nodded’, carried such weight and seemed so apropos to our protagonist, Myles. BTW, there is potentially a drinking game for a book club using this phrase, or its corollary ‘he nodded’ or ‘she nodded’. On second thought… probably not a good idea. Enjoy the book! I’m certainly hoping for more Myles in the future.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stefan Fergus

    A very good mystery. Slower paced than Spiegelman's previous novel (the excellent Dr. Knox), but also a different kind of mystery/crime novel. Enjoyed the measured pace, the setting, and the characters. Nicely done. A very good mystery. Slower paced than Spiegelman's previous novel (the excellent Dr. Knox), but also a different kind of mystery/crime novel. Enjoyed the measured pace, the setting, and the characters. Nicely done.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lyna M. Perez

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book. If I hadn’t left it behind on my work trip, I would have finished it much quicker. The short chapters keep the pace moving but there’s enough introspective chapters to not make the book feel like a rollercoaster.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

    Kind of mesmerizing 😎 This book was a true mystery in so many ways. I found myself getting lost in the story and I had to pay close attention or I would have missed something crucial. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I have.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Bethel

    This was definitely a mystery book regarding a murder investigated by a unique investigator, Myles. The end of the book was very surprising. Especially when Nadia Blom became Myles partner.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Murder mystery about corporate espionage. Hope to see Agent Myles again!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Neslie Nam

    This book is like taking a sip of a clear dry martini in an elegant & gothic speakeasy

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kate (kate_reads_)

    DNF at 10%

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lori Burns

    Great mystery. Couldn’t put it down.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Too many characters

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gary Shea

    Just what I needed a freshly published mystery, fast paced, techy, and with its own quirky procedural/espionage backdrop.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

  20. 4 out of 5

    James R. Nearhood

  21. 5 out of 5

    John Nichols

  22. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

  23. 4 out of 5

    Suzie

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bernard N. Portnoy

  25. 4 out of 5

    bobg

  26. 5 out of 5

    Vance A. Gibbs

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tyna Rush

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rsh

  29. 5 out of 5

    Briana White

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

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