Princess Elizabeth's Spy (Maggie Hope Mystery #2)
As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Wi...more
If you are looking for an exciting, WWII, feminist story, with a look at a young Princess Elizabeth, read this novel.
This story is filled with bits and bobs of detail, little kernels of knowledge that shows Susan Elia MacNeal's scholarship, reverence for history, and ability to weave a story about this fascinating era. We get an inside look at war-torn England, the upstairs/downstairs of Wi...more
This book is fabulous.
I really loved the author's attention to detail in the historical aspect of the story. It was great to get a picture of Queen Elizabeth II in the days when she was just Princess Elizabeth.
It is a historical novel of intrigue that touches on the cozy side, but Maggie Hope is a little more than your typical cozy mystery heroi...more
The book even has a little bit devoted to reading codes and some history behind them....more
Maggie Hope, frustrated mathematician turn spy for Prime Minister Churchi...more
Princess Elizabeth’s Spy was even better than Mr. Churchill's Secretary! It had a quicker pace, a higher-stakes plot, and added more interesting characters. Susan Elia MacNeal has engaging, flowing prose and it is obvious that she has done her research about the time period. Her characters are all well-rounded and the events throughout the book come together beautifully to create an absolutely intriguing mystery. The tone and events in t...more
After reading the book, I was curious about the connections to Alias, so I pulled up Netflix and was astounded.(view spoiler)[
1. Both of their fathers are also spies wi...more
The threads of the story are woven tightly! The reader has to stay on his or her toes to keep the details straight and stay with the mystery. Historical details of London, WWII, Winston Churchill and the emotion of the times flow through the story giving readers that wonderful "fly on the wall" quality onl...more
Finally able to write a review!
Maggie Hope is assigned to be a tutor for the young princess and she quickly realizes that this is hardly a fluff assignment. More than an hour math tutoring session will be needed for this mission!
We read of smart women on both good and bad sides and we see that Princess Elizabeth is spunkier than we might have thought :-)
The rest of my review can be found here.
In this book, Maggie washes out in the physical requirements of being an undercover agent for MI-5 during WWII. Instead, she is sent to Windsor Castle under the guise of teaching advanced mathematics to the young Princess Elizabeth -- against whom a kidna...more
I was actually surprised at how good this book really is. From the very first chapter all the way to the end, there is nonstop action and suspense. I literally could not put the book down as I learned about Maggie and her mission as a spy in the King's castle. It's hard to give a good review when the book hasn't even hit the shelves yet and it would totally ruin it for the next reader if I gave all the details away. But what I ca...more
Here she has to stay with a fairly nasty pair of girls (one even has a pet snake), a drunken ex-soldier and various other strange cha...more
We travel the road in England during WWII, and before the American's enter. Maggie Hope, with her smarts and skill, is sent to protect the Princess's Elizabeth and Margaret, at Windsor Palace. While Maggie's desire is to be a spy on the Continent for the MI-5, she washes out in her training. Churchill wants to keep her and thus she is sent...more
I adored the first book in this series and it only makes sense for the second book to be even better than the first. These books have everything that you could want in a spy novel, between the secret codes a...more
It took me a little while to get into this book as it took me a while to accept the Americanisms and American spelling in the book. This is a small point, but as the book was about England in the 40s, it took me a little while to get used to it, especially as other than that it was very authentic feeling. I understand that the author and main character are American, but it would h...more
I absolutely LOVED this book! It’s a delicious blend of murder-mystery and spy thriller wrapped within the historical context of 1940s England during WWII. This novel had me from the first page and I couldn’t put it down!
Margaret (Maggie) Hope is an agent for the British domestic intelligence service, MI-5, assigned to unearth a plot to kidnap Princess Elizabeth. She goes undercover...more
The British Government suspects someone working for the Royal Family of secretly sending encrypted messages back to the Germans....more
Adolph Hitler is determined to conquer England, and a plot is set in motion to get King George VI and his family out of the way so the much more amenable Duke and Duchess of Windsor can assume the throne. In the mean time Maggie Hope, recently promoted to MI-5 from Winston Churchill's secretarial pool, has washed out of the physical part of her training in Scotland. Sent back to London, she is dismayed when she learns that she's...more
In many ways, Princess Elizabeth's Spy was just as good as Mr. Churchill's Secretary, to which I gave a 4-star rating. But I had to deduct one star from my rating for this one because there is an entire plot line straight out of the TV show Alias (see Spoiler for more details), which was very distracting for me. Maggie Hope remains a great character, and I look forward to reading more in the series, but every time the Alias plot line cropped up, I felt jolted back into the 21st-century. (Also, i...more
After flunking out of "spook" school Maggie returns to London and is disappointed to be sent by her MI5 boss to be a maths tutor to the young Princess Elizabeth. She wants so much more...the moral of the story to me anyway, is don't wish for too much, you'll certainly get more. A few things you didn't count on and some you'd just as soon missed.
I am really enjoying the direction of all the characters, not a red hair out of place. The story line of the next book also sounds promising and thrilling. I am really looking forward to seeing how things progress in the third book considering how this book ended
Another smashing tale of espionage, mystery, mu...more
The first novel in the series is Mr. Churchill's Secretary. It won the Barry Award and was nominated for the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for Best...more