Talented Amateur

by Maryn Scott

As a child, Peel Primm was obsessed with spy movies and shows—even renaming herself after the illustrious Mrs. Emma Peel from her favorite TV show, The Avengers. But dreams of becoming a spy when she grew up hardly seemed realistic. So instead, Peel chooses the somewhat less exciting life of a librarian in suburban Denver.

While innocently searching for information on a new branch in her family tree, Peel makes an ill-fated call to a library in Mexico.  Soon Peel’s world is turned upside down.

Within days, Peel is beaten, abducted, and smuggled into Mexico where she is the unwilling guest of drug lord Sebastien Gutierrez. To survive she must befriend Gutierrez’s American associate, Anna, and convince her to help Peel solve a decades-old mystery. Soon Anna is struggling with a different kind of captivity—trying to balance the safety of her family with her growing attraction to Peel.

Looks like Peel’s childhood dream might be coming true after all.





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Genre Romance, Thriller
Length 290 pages
Publication Date August 12, 2021
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781642472363e
Editor Heather Flournoy
Cover Designer Kayla Mancuso


GCLS Goldie Awards
Talented Amateur — Finalist, Debut Novel.


"The title Talented Amateur and the name of the main character come from the 1960s television show The Avengers starring Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg. In the opening credits Diana Rigg is introduced as Mrs. Emma Peel, “talented amateur.” Her counterpart, John Steed is the “top professional.” The two work for MI6 solving all manner of bizarre murders and treasonous acts. I was fascinated by the wit, class, and judo skills of Mrs. Peel. Also, her leather catsuit."

—Maryn Scott

  • A Bella Debut Novel.
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    Betty H. - Talented Amateur by Maryn Scott is an intriguing mystery and suspense story with a dash of romance added in. I look forward to reading more of her work.

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