About the Book
Spies by Ellie Midwood
Publication Date: May 15, 2020
Paperback & eBook
Series: Metropolis, Book 2
Genre: Historical Fiction
Weimar Berlin, 1927
Having recovered from the hyperinflation, the decadent metropolis is prospering against all odds. Unbothered by the turbulent events of the previous years, Berlin plunges into an orgy of life, entirely oblivious to the dangerous signs of an upcoming catastrophe.
Much like the rest of Berlinís artistic elite, Margot von Steinhoff is too preoccupied with her work on the set of the infamous Fritz Lang, to pay attention to the dark shadow of the nationalistic threat hanging over the city. When Ernst Weniger, her former lover and now an official NKVD officer, asks for her help in aiding the German communists, she refuses at first, choosing to stay apolitical, just like Lang. However, when the new Gauleiter of Berlin, Joseph Goebbels, arrives in the city and begins his relentless campaign of harassment and misinformation, Margot realizes that staying neutral is no longer an option. Playing on the wrong side can cost her not only her career but her freedom, yet Margot has never been more certain of her choice.
ìI donít read political newspapers, Margot. I only want to make my filmsÖ I donít want to have anything to do with all those politics.î
ìI donít want to have anything to do with them either. But the sad fact is that sometimes politics wants to have everything to do with us, regardless of our desires. At some point, all of us will have to take sides. The good news, Fritz, is that Iíll always be on yours.î
Dark, gritty, yet full of hope, ìSpiesî is the novel of the doomed Weimar Republic and the last generation of free-thinking artists who lived and created their masterpieces in a city, on the verge of collapse.
I read Metropolis, the first book in this series, not too long ago and was so excited to have the opportunity to be on this tour for the second book! I really loved the first book and have been dying to continue the series. Spies takes place after the events of Metropolis and continues to expand on the characters and history.
I really love the focus of this series. It takes a fairly common time period, Berlin just before the Nazi regime took over, and shifts the focus to a group of people that aren’t often the main focus in books set in this time: artists. I really love the deep dive into the film making process of this time, I just find it so interesting. I love classic films so it’s really interesting to see a book focus on the making of them.
Midwood also did an amazing job continuing to develop the characters. I love seeing how characters change and grow from book to book, and Spies really delves deep into this. After reading this book I can definitely say that I am still extremely eager to read more from Midwood. And I am extra eager to continue this series!
About the Author
Ellie Midwood is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning historical fiction author. She owes her interest in the history of the Second World War to her grandfather, Junior Sergeant in the 2nd Guards Tank Army of the First Belorussian Front, who began telling her about his experiences on the frontline when she was a young girl. Growing up, her interest in history only deepened and transformed from reading about the war to writing about it. After obtaining her BA in Linguistics, Ellie decided to make writing her full-time career and began working on her first full-length historical novel, “The Girl from Berlin.” Ellie is continuously enriching her library with new research material and feeds her passion for WWII and Holocaust history by collecting rare memorabilia and documents.
In her free time, Ellie is a health-obsessed yoga enthusiast, neat freak, adventurer, Nazi Germany history expert, polyglot, philosopher, a proud Jew, and a doggie mama. Ellie lives in New York with her fiancÈ and their Chihuahua named Shark Bait.
Blog Tour Schedule
Saturday, June 6
Review at Reading is My Remedy
Monday, June 8
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, June 9
Review at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, June 10
Excerpt at What Is That Book About
Friday, June 12
Interview at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
Monday, June 15
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks
Monday, June 22
Review at Donna’s Book Blog
During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of Spies by Ellie Midwood! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.
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