- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (Oct. 16 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553593625
- ISBN-13: 978-0553593624
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 272 g
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery Paperback – Oct 16 2012
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Praise for Mr. Churchill’s Secretary
“Delightful may seem a strange word to describe a novel that takes place against the backdrop of the bombings of London during World War II, but it’s appropriate for this debut novel. . . . As sweet as it is intriguing.”—USA Today
“A captivating, post-feminist picture of England during its finest hour.”—The Denver Post
“Daring . . . Blends meticulous research on the era, psychological insight into Winston Churchill, and the creation of a riveting main character, Maggie Hope, into a spectacularly crafted novel.”—Bookreporter
“A ripping good yarn [that] enthralls and satisfies.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
About the Author
Susan Elia MacNeal is the Barry Award–winning and Edgar, Dilys, and Macavity Award–nominated author of the Maggie Hope mysteries, including Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, Princess Elizabeth’s Spy, His Majesty’s Hope, and The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and child.See all Product description
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MacNeal does extensive research to make her stories believable and as accurate to detail as possible from plays and pantomimes put on by the two young princesses, Margaret and Elizabeth, to the butler's uniform right down to his buttons. The atmosphere and tension MacNeal creates are quite believable and the stories totally realistic.
In this episode, Maggie Hope has washed out of spy school because of the physical side — in the secrets and decoding side she is brilliant. Churchill has become aware — due to a series of decoded messages and infiltration at Bletchley — that there is a Nazi plot afoot to kidnap the heir to the throne, Princess Elizabeth, and supplant her father, George VI, with his abdicated brother, the Duke of Windsor — Edward VIII. MI6 is aware that there is a spy within Windsor Castle (where the princesses did spend most of the war) and Maggie is to keep her eyes and ears open and pinpoint the danger. After the young princesses witness the riding accident that decapitates one of their ladies in waiting, everything escalates and Maggie doesn't know who she can trust.
I originally only bought 3 books from this series but now want to read them all in sequence so after reading the first two I'm waiting for His Majesty's Hope where Maggie, who has been working on her physical stamina, is finally going to be sent on an undercover assignment to Berlin! Can't wait.
While entertaining, the very end to me stretched belief a bit. Yes, the field of psychology was much less developed in the 1940s, but the final assignment just feels glaringly wrong, both from a modern sense and historically.
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