Princess Elizabeth's Spy (Maggie Hope, #2)
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Princess Elizabeth's Spy (Maggie Hope Mystery #2)

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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 Wi...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2012)
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Kelly
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Judith Starkston
With the recent celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee, it’s especially engaging to read a novel about her as a young Princess—set in some of England’s darkest days during the brutal bombing attacks by Germany during WWII. While the adventures of Maggie Hope, spy and mathematician, with the fourteen-year-old Princess are fictional, MacNeal’s portrayal of Elizabeth rings delightfully true. Here’s the very young woman who already holds a powerful sense of duty to her people and carries her respo...more
Colleen
After reading the first book in this series, I was excited to pick up the second. I expected a enjoyable, if not particularly historically accurate, novel and that is what I got. The characters are fun, the insights into life in WWII England interesting, and the code-breaking tidbits intriguing. All was well until the entire sub-plot regarding Maggie's parents started to emerge- as a fan of the TV show Alias, I was shocked to discover the wholesale use of the entire plotline about Sydney's paren...more
Ashleigh Hvinden
Thanks to NetGalley, I was able to read this book and it is nothing short of fantastic! I absolutely loved this book. I was absolutely saddened in the beginning by the twist of the novel in the first twenty pages but Mrs. MacNeal has an excellent way of sucking in readers and delivered what is a spectacular sequel! I squealed at the end it was so fantastic! Thank you, Mrs. MacNeal for writing something so wonderful! I cannot wait until the third novel!
Mara
In my review of Winston Churchill's Secretary, the first of the Maggie Hope books, I said that the series showed promise as MacNeal settled into her talents as a writer. With this second installment, MacNeal is certainly starting to live up to that promise. Although some of the language is still a bit clunky (and there are far too many mentions of birds), the story itself flows much more smoothly than it did in the first book and MacNeal takes fewer shortcuts to get her characters in and out of...more
Rebecca Lane Beittel
I finished Princess Elizabeth's Spy. I read it as an ARC (advanced reader copy) and it is beyond excellent.

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
Andrea Guy
I've been reading a lot of pre WWII cozy mysteries. Just a few days ago I posted the review for Elegy For Eddie and now there's Princess Elizabeth's Spy.

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
Carol
Oct 11, 2012 Carol rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Princess Elizabeth's Spy by Susan Elia MacNeil was so very good there is no way that I can write a review to do it justice. It is the perfect marriage of historical fiction of World II and a delectable mystery. I loved peeking in the Prime Minister’s life and the future Queen Elizabeth’s. Each time that I sat down with this book, I knew I would that I would be entertained and learn some history at the same time.

The book even has a little bit devoted to reading codes and some history behind them....more
Judy Alter
I have become really enam0red of Susan Elia MacNeal's WWII mysteries, first Mr. Churchhill's Secretary and now Princess Elizabeth's Spy. The first, as I said in an earlier review, is set during the gathering storm, when England still hoped it could pacify Germany and Winston Churchill knew it couldn't. With Princess Elizabeth's Spy, MacNeal moves further into the war, with the devastating bombing of England's major cities.
Maggie Hope, frustrated mathematician turn spy for Prime Minister Churchi...more
Christal
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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
Jennifer
Did nobody else see how closely (almost unethically closely) parts of Maggie's story followed that of Sydney's from the TV show Alias? It was enough that it pretty much disturbed the way I felt about the rest of the book - which paints this supposedly intelligent, reasonable woman as a complete dunce with all the clues she misses.

After reading the book, I was curious about the connections to Alias, so I pulled up Netflix and was astounded.(view spoiler)...more
Staci
I am once again hooked on historical fiction and it's all Susan Elia Macneal's fault! I absolutely loved everything about this book. The characters, the setting, and the entire story was so much fun and it felt so realistic that I have conjured up actual images for each person in this book. Susan does a fantastic job of transporting the reader back in time to World War II. I enjoyed roaming around Windsor Castle and meeting the young Princess Elizabeth. So many of the books that I've read regard...more
Sarah
The author is a smart and vibrant writer who brings her character to life with strength, grit and grace. Can't wait to see more from author Susan Elia MacNeal and the leading lady, Maggie Hope!

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
Laura

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.
Jaylia3
I have been looking forward to reading this sequel since I finished Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, and I was not disappointed. With a skillful combination of evocative writing and detailed research, author Susan Elia MacNeal transports the reader into WWII Windsor Castle where antiquated dungeons now serve as air raid shelters for the royal family and staff. Using a knack for calculation and codes to do her part for the war effort, Maggie Hope is the same sensible, quietly passionate character she w...more
Sharon
"Princess Elizabeth's Spy" is the second of Susan Elia MacNeal's Maggie Hope mysteries. I enjoyed the first one, "Mr. Churchill's Secretary," so much that I was elated at the opportunity to review this book. It most assuredly did not disappoint.

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
Bookworm1858
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Ericafoferica
I received a copy of this book as a Goodreads first read giveaway.

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
Lisa
This charming mystery grabbed me from the start when feisty Maggie Hope is struggling with the physical requirements of becoming a spy. Unfortunately, she doesn't have any luck but she feels somewhat better when she is chosen to protect young Princess Elizabeth from a death threat. Her job is to pretend to be a Maths tutor to the teenage princess at Windsor Castle.



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
Maureen Timerman
I just finished reading this page turner. Susan Elia MacNeal spins a web of espionage to the point who don't truly know who the good guys are, and they change.
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
Nicole
I sort of bullied my way onto this tour because I got a copy of this book at BEA signed by Susan. I got the first Maggie Hope in a giveaway from Goodreads, and I am so glad for that because it made me fall in love with this series. Thank you to TLC Tours for letting me be a part of this tour!

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
Alex Baugh
Princess Elizabeth's Spy is the second mystery in the Maggie Hope series by Susan Elia MacNeal. When last we left our WWII heroine, Maggie Hope in Mr. Churchill's Secretary, she was leaving her post as a typist for Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Britain to begin espionage training for MI-5 (Military Intelligence Section 5). Maggie, after all, is a gifted mathematician with a degree from Wellesley College and was on her way to graduate school at MIT when the war broke out while she was visi...more
Sheli
I requested this book from NetGalley as I really liked the sound of the blurb and thought it sounded like a fun read.

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
Rachel P
I won a free copy of Susan MacNeal’s “Princess Elizabeth's Spy (Maggie Hope Mystery #2)” as a first-reads giveaway.

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
Suspense Magazine
“Princess Elizabeth’s Spy” is a historical mystery, featuring Government agent, Maggie Hope. The story starts in the midst of WWII, with agents at Bletchley working on breaking Nazi naval decrypts. Having completed her training to work as a spy for MI-5, Churchill’s former secretary, Maggie Hope, is sent undercover to Windsor Castle to tutor Princess Elizabeth in math.

The British Government suspects someone working for the Royal Family of secretly sending encrypted messages back to the Germans....more
Cathy Cole
First Line: The midday summer sun in Lisbon was dazzling and harsh.

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
Lisa

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

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Cece
The author provides an extensive list of references at the end of the book, although she misnames historian Carolly Erickson as Carollyn; however,this outing for Maggie Hope felt off historically (the age gap between the Princesses is exaggerated, ladies-in-waiting were not hanging about at Windsor, travel was not nearly as frequent, and even the King had to wait to have phone calls put through by an operator-no 'direct lines') incorrect as far as Royal family details (the Princesses called thei...more
Joanna
These books have the trappings of a British cozy but they are so much more! Lots of twists and turns in this one and not only inside Windsor Castle.

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.

Afte...more
The Lit Bitch
4.5 stars. Being a spy sounds so much cooler and glamorous without all the physical training doesn’t it? That’s exactly what’s running through Maggie Hope’s mind while she’s at Camp Spook.

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
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New York Times-bestselling author Susan Elia MacNeal is the author of the Maggie Hope Mystery series from Bantam/Random House. She is the winner of the Barry Award, and her books have been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, and Dilys Awards.

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
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