Mr. Churchill's Secretary
London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated a ...more
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The writer apparently believes that in order to write a period book, the characters must constantly refer to the events, locations, and objects of the times, much in the manner of a guidebook. Most of this doesn't advance the plot at all, it just weighs it down.
Maggie is an outspoken feminist who often - REALLY often ...more
Alas, no. This was a "cozy" of the most offensively stupid and badly-written kind. Characters who are just quirky/"charming" composites of personality traits (expect many, many recyclings of British/Americ ...more
I enjoyed this first book in the Maggie Hope series.
Set in Britain, just as the country enters the second world war, Maggie Hope is asked to work as a secretary for Prime Minister Churchill.
Maggie had arrived in Britain to sell the old Victorian house she inherited from her grandmother, but ended up living in the home with an eclectic group of roommates.
Although with her incredible mathematical abilities, she is ver ...more
Mr. Churchill’s Secretary grabs you with superbly detailed historical setting and excellent character development. The book places you into the middle of London under the Blitz; bombs fall, sirens wail, and Maggie Hope ends up, by see ...more
This book was OK, not fantastic to read, but enjoyable since I love historical mystery books. Maggie Hope is a good character and there were a lot of likable characters around her. I can't say that I really liked her relationship with John. For ...more
The first thing I noticed about the book is that the writing seemed to lack flow, that the dialogue seemed stilted. And then I realized that the story itself was boring me. It wasn't until about two-thirds through the book that the action picked up.
Yes, there were mysteries and surprises incl ...more
Maggie is a spunky, refreshing heroine–a mixture of Mary Russell and Maisie Dobbs! I thought she was very real and genuine. Maggie marches to the beat of her own drum and isn’t afraid to stand up for herself but not in an obnoxious, rude way which I loved. Maggie makes me want to don red lipstick and dye my hair flaming red to match…too bad I can barely balance my checkbook otherwise I would be a dead ringer for Maggie Hope! See my full review her ...more
I truly enjoyed this book and was looking forward to reading it. One of the biggest problems with being a history major and loving historical fiction is that you get caught up on whats right and whats wrong about the era. Thankfully there wasn't much wrong for me to get caught up on. The amount of research that was devoted to the writing of this book was amazing, and I commend MacNeal on her efforts. Following the conclusion of the boo ...more
Everything else is not worth the bother.
Do not be mislead by the publicist's review who promises that this is another Jacqueline Winspear or Anne Perry. Not in this life!
Rather than Maisie Dobbs, what we have here is Nancy Drew -- and yet, even that does disservice to likeable Ms. Drew, who as I recall, was always straightforward, unpretentious, and just plain fun. Rather this is Nancy Drew gone very bad.
The writing is amateurish and gratingly in-authen ...more
Unable to sell the house, Maggie now shares it with a few other young women - Paige Kelly, an old college friend, Charlotte McCaffrey A/K/A Chuck, and twins Annabelle a ...more
When Maggie Hope takes the position of typist in 10 Downing Street, she finds herself taking dictation for the prime minister himself: Winston Churchill. In May 1940, this means having an inside perspective on British government in World War II. But Maggie has problems as well. How will she and her roommates protect themselves from the bombings? Why was her predecessor murdered? And how w ...more
I am so disappointed Susan Elia MacNeal's Mr. Churchill's Secretary didn't work for me. It looked like such perfect fit - a mystery set against my favorite historic event, but try as I might I just couldn't get into this one.
Part of the problem was the tone in which the story is written. Despite taking place in London during 1940, the characters seemed detached from monumental events taking place around them. They were too ...more
I couldn't put it down - the descriptions of the cars, the dresses, the stockings, the air raids, the music in the clubs, the Cabinet ...more
The culture is different from American culture because everyone is ...more
A replacement typist is apparently so hard to find and so urgently needed that one of Churchill's private secretar ...more
I'm not a big reader of historical fiction but I very much enjoyed this one written about war-time London. There were many twists and turns in the story and I got so crazy about it that I read the whole book in about 24 hours. Now, that part is fabulous--not since the Harry Potter books have I been so crazy to finish a book.
On the (very tiny) downside, there we ...more
War against Germany has just been declared by England so this is a very turbulent time to be there. Maggie is a mathematician with a degree from Wellesley and is a PHD candidate at MIT. She lands a position as a secretary to Winston Churchill which puts her into the thick of historical int ...more
"Maggie had originally come to London to sell her late grandmother's house. Yes, at first she'd felt angry because she had to give up a doctoral program in mathematics at M.I.T. To do so-no small achievement for a woman, even a Wellesley woman.
When she had first come to England , she'd been full of resentment-of the narrow-minded people , of bad food and weak coffee, of the dilapidated houses and antiquated plumbing. But when the house didn't sell Maggie was f ...more
Unfortunately, the book sputters in several different places over several different areas, m ...more
Here it is evident that the author spent much time and effort making sure her setting was authentic. The background tapestry is richly woven without overtaking the main characters or plot. This is a ...more
This is the first ...more
Maggie's British parents were killed when she was still an ...more
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