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World War II has ended.
Alexei and Bella pick up the threads of post-war life in Britain. But the country is threatened by the danger of spies who work for Russia
The Cambridge circle are part of the Establishment, and a danger to Britain
The Cold War has begun


Please observe the rating of this novel -R- which allows some adult material.
Explicit sex scenes and scenes of drug use are absent and nudity, if present, is seen only briefly.

Violence does not exceed moderate levels.


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    SIR TERRANCE MARBURY (KBE, GM) - born December 2, 1898 - the only surviving son of Robert and Daphne Marbury, Gryffon Hall, near Bolton, Norfolk. Worked as instructor at the Royal Academy of Performing Arts. Promoted to full professor in 1939. Knighted during this time, supposedly for his dedication to the theatre, but the details are actually classified. It is thought that Sir Terrance was active in MI5 during recent conflicts, but has not been confirmed.

    ALEXEI BALASHENKO (GCVO, Ph.D candidate at Cambridge) - born November 16th, 1904, Russia. A gifted musician and singer, the arts have dominated his life and he has become a Principal Tutor at the Royal Academy of Performing Arts in London.
    His work as a Resistance worker during the last War, can only be guessed at, still classified. Fluent in Russian, German, and English, Alexei became naturalised in 1925. He married Bella (Jennings) in 1941 and they now live in Chelsea, London.

    BELLA BALASHENKO, nee Jennings; born in Worthing, Sussex, 1907; educated,Grammer school/secretarial college. Bella�s work as a clerical secretary masked her life as a worker for the Resistance and the English Government. During this time, she met Alexei BALASHENKO, also working undercover. Married Alexei in 1941. Ben Greeley, employs her as his designer and assistant. Bella became a skilled costume designer, and teaches part time at the Royal Academy of Performing Arts. With Alexei, has just opened the Hamilton Detective Agency in Portland Square, London.

    BEN GREELEY - born April 17, 1891, London - Started up Greeley and Hayes, Theatre Emporium, in 1919 with Tim Hayes. Ben has met many colourful figures over the years. Again, possible connections to MI5.He employs Bella Balashenko as a costume designer and assistant. Sometimes, he asks Bella to undertake more dangerous tasks.

    Graf Sylvester von HOHENLOHE - Born in Germany, in 1892. B. S., Magna cum Laude in Economics, University of T�bingen, 1916. M. S., University of Heidelberg, 1934. Guest lecturer for King's College, London, and Oxford University. A conscientious objector, stayed in Britain on uneasy terms during the Occupation and helped the Resistance. Divides his time between his estate in Hesse and Rochester in Kent. A much loved benefactor and friend to Alexei and Bella Balashenko.


    A Scent of Mystery's date today is:Mar 25th 1950


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2016-01-15 12:18:12 RE: The crowd begins to gather by Bella Donna
2016-02-06 17:32:36 And yes, my dear Alexei, Dr. Mayfield is highly regarded in some circles.... by Sir Terrance Marbury
2016-02-20 05:28:39 Tea, scones and toast in the Parlour by Bella Donna
2016-03-05 10:14:31 A good tea, a good jam and a chance to talk by Alexei Nikolaevich
2016-03-05 13:08:02 "Then we shall see, what we see" by Bella Donna
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2016-05-03 07:18:59 Which side are you on ?... by Bella Donna
2016-05-21 10:17:27 Managing to hide my alarm by Alexei Nikolaevich
2016-06-12 12:51:56 Time to buckle up..... by Bella Donna
2016-09-13 18:29:54 We should have a back-up plan... by Alexei Nikolaevich
2017-01-08 08:25:17 Deception and a warning by Bella Donna
2017-01-20 12:16:32 Breaking that luncheon date by Alexei Nikolaevich
2017-01-24 07:27:32 First I must say, we never met... by Bella Donna
2017-04-03 08:40:44 Postscript by Bella Donna
2017-04-09 17:46:01 One year later: a letter to Bella by Alexei Nikolaevich
2017-04-10 11:25:50 The letter came in April by Bella Donna
2017-06-28 11:38:58 Treason is still the name of the game by Bella Donna
2017-07-01 11:14:57 July1, 194- - A light in the darkness by Alexei Nikolaevich
2017-07-02 14:21:27 Such a small window of opportunity by Bella Donna
2017-07-15 13:48:54 Some one is watching you by Bella Donna
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2015-01-06 08:50:09 RE: Warmest congratulations to you.... by Bella Donna
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2015-04-27 12:07:55 CHAPTER SIX - In the Shadow of the Goshawk by Bella Donna
2015-07-04 12:11:40 4th July!! by Bella Donna
2015-07-04 12:26:40 RE: 4th July!! by Alexei Nikolaevich
2015-11-23 08:12:34 Thanksgiving by Bella Donna
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2017-01-21 13:35:27 The spies of post war Britain- the Cambridge circle by Bella Donna
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