Princess Elizabeth's Spy (Maggie Hope Mysteries) Paperback – Large Print, 10 Jul 2013
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Praise for "Mr. Churchill's Secretary"
"Think early Ken Follett, amp it up with a whipsmart young American not averse to red lipstick and vintage cocktails, season it with espionage during the London Blitz, and you've got a heart-pounding, atmospheric debut."--Cara Black, author of "Murder in Passy"
"Intelligent, richly detailed, and filled with suspense."--Stefanie Pintoff, author of "Secret of the White Rose
"A terrific read . . . Chock-full of fascinating period details and real people, including Winston Churchill, MacNeal's fast-paced thriller gives a glimpse of the struggles, tensions, and dangers of life on the home front during World War II."--Rhys Bowen, author of "Royal Blood" and winner of the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards
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"
Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot-one that could change the course of history. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
It was a good story, well told, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Even the most cursory of research would have shown glaring errors, e.g the correct age of Princess Margaret. Only an American author relying on gossip column material could possibly have produced such a travesty - albeit as fiction. I had hoped for a good read, as with the author's previous book, and will now cancel my order for the next one due to be published
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.
This was a thrilling read that kept me hooked on till the very end. The plot twisted and turned and as it did I just wanted to keep turning the pages!
A very enjoyable read - an excellent wartime thriller but geared towards the female reader! As good as The Eagle has Landed by Jack Higgins.
I cannot wait to read the third book in the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is truly dreadful! In the first 24 pages I found FOUR wildly inaccurate historical points which, if the author had bothered, would have been easy to check as they are... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Henrietta
A believable story that is full of intrigue and drama - I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to "cliff-hanger" end and can't wait to read the next adventure Maggie... Read morePublished 12 months ago by ftsouthwark
All the Maggie Hope mysteries are great. A joy to read. Well written. Delightful. Very glad that I discovered this author. (By pure chance at Fnac in Vila Nova de Gaia). Read morePublished 12 months ago by susanne ridgway
Having read the first book I felt I should have a go at the second, to see if problems in the first book have been addressed. In my view they have not. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is unintentionally hilarious. The storyline is weak and the characters cardboard. The many inaccuracies show a very poor understanding of life in Britain during World War... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Barrie Chalmers
This book was brilliant if you are interested in WW2. It was the second book of three and really excellentPublished 21 months ago by Christine Hodson
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. Read more