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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable but....., 31 Oct 2012
This review is from: Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery (Maggie Hope Mysteries) (Paperback)
While I enjoyed this novel and admired the obvious research that had been done by the author I do have some concerns.

I do wish that American authors who set their books in Britain and who have British people as characters would also have their work proof-read by British proof-readers
There are some glaring Americanisms put in to the mouths of very British people. I could cite them all but perhaps the worst example is that the author has Queen Elizabeth , (the Queen Mother as she became) saying that she would have to "call" someone. In the 1940s, and even today, most British people say "phone" and in the 1940s it would have been "I must telephone" from someone like the Queen.As a British reader I do find solecisms like this a little irritating.
That said the novel is well plotted with many clues scattered throughout, though perhaps one,very early on, is a little too obvious.
The conclusion , while exciting, is perhaps a little unlikely, though, without giving too much away, having watched a recent certain Royal Olympic performance,anything might be possible from this character !!
I look forward to this next in this series.
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Initial post: 7 Nov 2012 20:41:18 GMT
I sympathize completely. I cringe when American northerners try to write about American southerners and get it wrong.
Also anachronisms: I had to stop reading a book set in WWII England when someone actually said, "No way!"
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