A Spy With Scruples is the sequel to An Improbable Pairing, while this could be read as a stand-alone it is helpful to know Scott and Desiree backgrounds and romance. This picks up right after the first book with the couple enjoying married life and waiting for the arrival of their new baby. Much like the first book, A Spy with Scruples is a tour of the opulence and luxury of the upper class European community. The descriptions dazzle with the dress of the time period, the hotels, restaurants and cuisine, vacation resorts and parties. Desiree shines with her charm and intellect, I'm not at all surprised that she caught on to Scott's situation. Scott remains one of the luckiest and fast-thinking men ever; even though he was in a less than desirable situation, it was better than having to fight in Vietnam. Scott's time as a spy was filled with suspense, but not a lot of action. Through his articles and meetings, I was able to see the many intricacies of the influences of different European countries during the Cold War. I particularly liked his interviews with Vietnamese families and tracking of former Nazi's. Overall, A Spy with Scruples offers a different kind of spy thriller focused on the gathering of information.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.