Princess Elizabeth's Spy
As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Win ...more
This second book in the Maggie Hope series is better than the first!!
The story picks up with Maggie being told she can’t quite cut it at MI-5 from a physical standpoint, so she’s shipped home and reassigned.
At first, she balks, but becoming a math tutor for Princess Elizabeth turns out to be much more than 'woman's work', when it becomes clear the princess could be in serious danger.
On a more personal note, Maggie is ...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 w ...more
I’ve decided that this series is a bit of a guilty pleasure. Maggie’s an interesting protagonist, being infinitely more comfortable with working on higher, complicated math problems than personal intera ...more
This is part 2 of a series. I wasn't aware of it when I bought it but that doesn't matter because you can read it without reading the first one, however I want to read the first one now!
I love history, especially British history and add fiction, a hot British g ...more
Maggie has a new assignment; governess to Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. Someone is trying to abduct Princess Elizabeth but how no one kno ...more
In this book, we see Maggie train to become a spy. She then moves on to protecting Princess Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. The premise is that the ruling powers in Germany are planning to kill the King and kidnap the Princess in order to weaken England and open a window of opportunity for the Germans to invade. On a personal note, Maggie continues ...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
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. ...more
First, this is not historical fiction so much as a parallel universe or alternate timeline. Yes, the events read like World War Two, but the people act and talk as if they are twenty-first century. Geography is off, too: in our world Winsor castle is twenty five miles west of London, in this book it’s between London and Berlin. Long distance direct dialing in 1940? The first RAF bombing at ...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
Not only is the plot entirely lifted from "The German Woman" from Foyle's War and then the first say two to three seasons of "Alias," as has been noted before, Maggie is irretrievably stupid through this whole book, Princess Elizabeth is precocious to the point of child-star obnoxiousness, the plot is inane, and the idea that even on a German Submarine, no one would guard three such important prisoners, or that they would be left alone and unstarched and un ...more
The plot: In WWII Britain, Maggie Hope is assigned to teach math to Princess Elizabeth as a cover for investigating a possible danger to the young princess, as it's known that the Germans would love to replace her father, George VI, with the abdicated King Edward VIII (widely rumored in real life to be a Nazi sympathizer).
Nice idea, on the surface, and I can see how American readers who love a bit of royal glamor would like ...more
I won an advance copy through a Random House drawing, and if possible, would give it 4.5 stars. Mr. Churchill's Secretary laid the groundwork, and Princess Elizabeth's Spy is where the series seems to be establishing its stride. It kept me up late reading for several nights, and is a strong choice for historical fiction and mystery fans - the author has done an amazing amount of research. (I have known Susan MacNeal for several years, and would expect nothing less than a thorough study of ever ...more
There is an assassination attempt on the King and Princess Elizabeth is kidnapped. Maggie is wrapped up in all of it.
Meanwhile, the truth about her mother comes out and more data about John, her missing presumed dead boyfriend.
The story moves, keeps you interested, has all the historical sense of the time a ...more
The audio narration on this one was much better, but we also get a bit more into the characters and a longer storyline starts to develop.
Naturally it ends with a cliffhanger, so I'll read the third book shortly!!! ...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
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
Her bo ...more