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1.0 out of 5 stars Once again, very poor reseach fails this book., 29 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery (Maggie Hope Mysteries) (Paperback)
I read Princess Elizabeth's Spy out of curiosity, to see whether it was better than the first book of the serie.

Alas, it is not, and teeth-jarring mistakes abound.

Early on, I was brought to a sudden stop by a mention of the "Saint James Bible"...

Later I was surprised to read about the presence in the North Sea of the German submarine U246: not only was this ship launched only in 1943, but even the first ship of her class only entered service in 1941; so she could not have been around at the time of the Blitz. The repeated reference to the "sail" of the U-Boot also jars: the term "conning tower" was used during the war, and even now only North-Americans use "sail"; in British Navy usage ships have "fins".

Then, maybe in deference to the eponymous storms that punish the coasts of New England, we see the sailor's oilskin hat called a "nor'easter" instead of a "south'wester".

But the hardest to take was her description of the New Year hunt: not only does Mrs MacNeal refer to the hunting pinks worn by the huntsmen as "red coats", but she seems to think one carries and discharges some fire-arm when riding to the hounds (What next ? Shooting foxes ?)

So once again, both the person who did her research, and her editor, should be summarily dismissed, for they did a very poor job.
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