Saturday, December 6, 2014

Princess Elizabeth's Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal

Title:  Princess Elizabeth's Spy
Series:  Maggie Hope Mystery #2
Author:  Susan Elia MacNeal
Published:  October 16/12 by Books on Tape (first published January 1/12)
Length:  352pgs
Format:  audio book
Genre:  historical mystery
Shelf:  borrowed
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, "Mr. Churchill's Secretary." Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot--one that could change the course of history.

As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5. Spirited, strong-willed, and possessing one of the sharpest minds in government for mathematics and code-breaking, she fully expects to be sent abroad to gather intelligence for the British front. Instead, to her great disappointment, she is dispatched to go undercover at Windsor Castle, where she will tutor the young Princess Elizabeth in math. Yet castle life quickly proves more dangerous--and deadly--than Maggie ever expected. The upstairs-downstairs world at Windsor is thrown into disarray by a shocking murder, which draws Maggie into a vast conspiracy that places the entire royal family in peril. And as she races to save England from a most disturbing fate, Maggie realizes that a quick wit is her best defense, and that the smallest clues can unravel the biggest secrets, even within her own family.

My Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this Maggie Hope mystery. MacNeal took me on a wild ride that I couldn’t stop thinking about. I kept trying to guess and figure things out, only for a new twist to appear in the plotline. It was fantastic. This was also a very well put together and thought out novel.

I also absolutely loved the narrator. She made the story come alive for me. Between her narration and MacNeal’s development of her characters I was enchanted by the individuals that we got to meet. The way in which they struggled against world issues as well as personal ones was quite enlightening and added to the story as a whole.

This is definitely a novel that I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys a mystery with a bit of a twist. I couldn’t get enough of this one.

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