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Virginia Hall–Our 7th Annual Spook Appreciation Day Honoree

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes In 2010, Bayard & Holmes declared Halloween to be Spook Appreciation Day. It is the day when we honor the remarkable unsung heroes of the Intelligence Community, without whom we could not hope to enjoy [...]

ANTHROPOID — Espionage Legend on the Big Screen

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes ANTHROPOID brings one of history’s legendary espionage events to the big screen – the WWII assassination of SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich by two Czech paratroopers [...]

Seppuku: Ritual Suicide in Samurai Japan

by Susan Spann Seppuku (sometimes also referred to as hara-kiri) is a form of Japanese ritual suicide. Many Westerners recognize this Japanese form of suicide, in which a person (often, but not always, male) slits his own stomach with [...]

Farmers & Shopkeepers Raise H*** in a Cow Pen

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes On the morning of January 16, 1781, an independent minded New Jersey fellow named Daniel Morgan led a force of continental soldiers and militia in an orderly retreat up a muddy South Carolina wagon road, escaping [...]

The Booty Spy Who Could — Amy Elizabeth Thorpe

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes In our last post, Amy Elizabeth Thorpe–The Booty Spy Who Loved, we looked at the early espionage escapades of Booty Spy Amy Elizabeth Thorpe. Renowned for conquering libidos and hearts, she was just getting [...]

Amy Elizabeth Thorpe — The Booty Spy Who Loved

Bayard & Holmes By Jay Holmes A fundamental rule of intelligence work is that one must not mix love and work when dealing with any intelligence target. The relationship can become dangerous to one or both of the parties if an agent develops [...]

Ghostbusting 100 Years Ago

Ghostbusting, 100 Years Ago By K.B. Owen Among the joys of writing historical mysteries is running across cool nuggets of research. While writing Unseemly Pursuits, I needed to learn more about late-19th century spirit mediums and their tricks, [...]

The Shot Heard ‘Round the Bedroom

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes For history buffs, “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” refers to one of two significant dates. For American History buffs and American English majors, the distinction refers to a phrase from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s [...]

The Rise and Fall of Japanese Militarism

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes On February 26, 1936, a group of young Imperial Japan Army officers led a violent coup against the Japanese government in an attempt to restore absolute power for the monarchy. From a Western point of view, the [...]

The Sino-Vietnamese War — When China Spanked Vietnam

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes February 17, 2016, marks the 37th anniversary of the Communist Chinese invasion of Vietnam – the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese War. In Communist China, as in the rest of the world, it will be ignored.     In [...]