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Princess Elizabeth's Spy

A Maggie Hope Mystery
MacNeal, Susan Elia (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"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"--
Authors: MacNeal, Susan Elia
Title: Princess Elizabeth's spy
a Maggie Hope mystery
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books Trade Paperbacks, c2012
Characteristics: 369 p. ;,21 cm
Summary: "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"--
ISBN: 0553907573
9780553907575
0553593625
9780553593624
Statement of Responsibility: Susan Elia MacNeal
Subject Headings: FICTION / Historical FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Traditional British FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical World War, 1939-1945 Great Britain Fiction Americans England London Fiction Education of princesses Great Britain History 20th century Fiction Tutors and tutoring Fiction Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926- Fiction
Genre/Form: Suspense fiction
Spy stories
Topical Term: FICTION Historical
FICTION Mystery & Detective Traditional British
FICTION Mystery & Detective Historical
World War, 1939-1945
Americans
Education of princesses
Tutors and tutoring
LCCN: 2012001639
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Not a bad story, but a rather unbelievable plot. A a couple of things bugged me though. Many American authors (including the great Martha Grimes) who set their stories in the UK mention animals etc. which are not native, or use grammar which is not used in the UK. Maggie Hope referred to one of the ladies-in- waiting as having a laugh like a raccoon (!) and also mentioned the bells of St. George's Chapel being rung. During the war, all bells were silenced across the country, and were only to be rung in the event of invasion! Poor research, proof reading, and editing.

I was disappointed that the heroine turned out not to be as virtuous as she appeared in the first book. However this was still an enjoyable period work, enhanced by my own reading of a work of non-fiction about women spies during WWII. I will likely look for later books in the series.

Mar 21, 2014
  • Shelley51 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was an interesting story especially if you enjoy WWII history and the Royals. I didn't enjoy it as much as book 1.

Jul 13, 2013
  • readsalot80 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I liked this second Maggie Hope book about her adventures as a math tutor to Princess Elizabeth while trying to protect her from being kidnapped. This is better written thant the last book and I like that it is fact based though fiction. Good summer read with a suprises.

Dec 03, 2012
  • bridge1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An interesting story built around the royal family during World War two, not terribly exciting

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