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A tense and enthralling historical thriller in which British Naval Intelligence officer Ian Fleming attempts to foil a Nazi plot to assassinate FDR, Churchill, and Stalin.  

November, 1943. Weary of his deskbound status in the Royal Navy, intelligence officer Ian Fleming spends his spare time spinning stories in his head that are much more exciting than his own life…until the critical Tehran Conference, when Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Josef Stalin meet to finalize the D-Day invasion.

With the Big Three in one place, Fleming is tipped off that Hitler’s top assassin has infiltrated the conference. Seizing his chance to play a part in a real-life action story, Fleming goes undercover to stop the Nazi killer. Between martinis with beautiful women, he survives brutal attacks and meets a seductive Soviet spy who may know more than Fleming realizes. As he works to uncover the truth and unmask the assassin, Fleming is forced to accept that betrayal sometimes comes from the most unexpected quarters—and that one’s literary creations may prove eerily close to one’s own life.

Brilliantly inventive, utterly gripping and suspenseful, Too Bad to Die is Francine Mathews’s best novel yet, and confirms her place as a master of historical fiction. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A high-pitched thriller that keeps us spellbound from the very first pages. Great plotting, exotic locales, and historical characters who positively come alive on the page, with some delightful sly winks along the way.”

    Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author

  • Absolutely marvelous! This novel masterfully weaves fact and fiction into a high-pitched thriller that keeps us spellbound from the very first pages. Great plotting, exotic locales  and  historical characters who positively come alive on the page, with some delightful sly winks along the way. Jeffery Deaver
  • In this complex, remarkable and suspenseful novel, Francine Mathews combines the genius of Ian Fleming with the drama of World War II and concocts a stunning tale of intrigue and deceit. Jed Rubenfeld
  • [Ian] Fleming is a complex character with an active imagination and a store of hidden courage. Replete with recognizable characters from history, this look at a crucial period of World War II will satisfy history buffs and mystery lovers alike. Library Journal
  • The pace is so propulsive that you’ll read every word…Mathews’s ability to weave fact into her tale is nothing short of remarkable…there are precious few entertainments this captivating. The Washington Post
  • One of the most deliciously high-concept thrillers imaginable. The New Yorker
  • A brisk thriller that defies the odds…It’s no small feat to take a historic figure who looms as large in real life as John F. Kennedy, place him in an improbable fantasy, and not strain credulity. But in this case, Mathews has accomplished her mission. USA Today
  • “In this complex, remarkable, and suspenseful novel, Francine Mathews combines the genius of Ian Fleming with the drama of World War II and concocts a stunning tale of intrigue and deceit.”

    Jed Rubenfeld, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Writing with elegance and grit, Mathews keeps the reader in a state of suspense…Fleming’s brains and intrepidity, his inner conflicts as well as his suave recklessness, make him a character as intriguing as one in his own books.”

    Historical Novels Review

  • “[Ian] Fleming is a complex character with an active imagination and a store of hidden courage. Replete with recognizable characters from history, this look at a crucial period of World War II will satisfy history buffs and mystery lovers alike.”

    Library Journal

  • “Good fan fiction…[that] features Ian Fleming, who is forced by circumstance to pose as a secret agent called James Bond.”

    AudioFile

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About the Author
Author Francine Mathews

Francine Mathews was born in Binghamton, New York. She grew up in Washington, DC, and attended Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, a two hundred year-old Catholic school for girls. She attended Princeton, and later worked as a journalist for the Miami Herald and the San Jose Mercury News. She spent four years as an intelligence analyst at the CIA; the highlights were her work on the Counter Terrorism Center’s investigation into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, over Scotland in 1988, and her chance to debrief ex-President George Bush in Houston in 1993. She wrote her first book in 1992 and left the CIA a year later. She has since written over fifteen books. When she’s not writing, she likes to ski, garden, needlepoint, and buy art.

About the Narrator

Matthew Brenher, originally from London, is an award-winning actor of stage, film, and television and an accomplished voice-over artist. His theatrical background includes many Shakespearean productions. For his role as George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, he was awarded best performance by a lead actor/drama by Stage Scene LA 2009–2010.