'The Maze of Cadiz is a splendid debut mystery ... Monroe provides terrific and convincing historical atmosphere; I am delighted that she is writing more Peter Cotton novels'
'Aly Monroe has created an impressive novel with an extraordinary, dream-like atmosphere ... only the first of a series of novels about him. The next can't come too soon.'
'Aly Monroe is a newcomer to crime writing, whose accomplished debut, The Maze of Cadiz, is set in 1944 ... Monroe's portrait of Cadiz in the aftermath of the civil war is atmospheric, and in a surprising twist the mild-mannered Cotton turns out to be as devious as his adversaries'
'Cotton's investigating is clever and fascinating'
'Her writing is skilful and evocative...The Maze of Cadiz is a stylish and impressive debut'
'Intelligent spy tale with little action and lots of intrigue ... very atmospheric'
'I have been quite captivated ...The book had me totally convinced that Ms Monroe knows her Spain and, more to the point, knows the Spain of 1944 ...wonderfully atmospheric, very well-written'
'Monroe lines up an array of strong and picturesque characters'
'Fans of convoluted espionage fiction will find much joy in this, the first instalment of a promising new series'
'The slow pace of this novel is deliberate and perfectly authentic as it captures the Spanish approach to life ... a joy to read and a real page turner'
'It is extremely well written, involving, clever, emotional and satisfying - a debut novel of the very highest promise'
'First-time novelist Aly Monroe brilliantly evokes the atmosphere of the southern Spanish seaport...this is the first in a promised series of Peter Cotton novels. I can't wait for the next'
'Monroe writes in an intriguing way that is not always easy to follow but does seduce the reader to keep turning the pages'
'In Aly Monroe's memorable thriller, British agent Peter Cotton arrives in the port to investigate the death of a fellow intelligence officer and immediately finds himself in danger'
'Enormously promising, THE MAZE OF CADIZ moves from the serious and sad to the quirky to the historical to the literary to the near poetic . . . the best historical mystery I have read this year. It is extremely well-written, involving, clever, emotional and satisfying - a debut novel of the very highest promise'
'Monroe's eye for character and the general atmosphere of the book make it an entertaining read'