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Princess Elizabeth's Spy

(Maggie Hope #2)

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Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed début, 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 Win
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Bantam
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Barbara Definitely, as each book details more about Maggie, and her family history. The characters are further developed with each book.

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Julie
Princess Elizabeth’s Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal is a 2012 Bantam publication.

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
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Kelly
May 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Colleen
Mar 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Laura
Oct 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: quit-reading
Awful! As an American, I'm ashamed of the poor writing and historical errors in this book. I'm a true anglophile and in particular love mysteries set around either of the first or second world wars. I'm also well versed in the history of the British royal family. I thought the first book in the series, Mr. Churchills' Secretary, was okay. Oftentimes I find the first book in a series is the weakest as so much of it is set up for future books, so I thought I'd give the second book a try in spite o ...more
Jennifer
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, suspense
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)
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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
Lata
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable entry in the Maggie Hope series. This time, she’s tasked with protecting Princess Elizabeth by masquerading as her maths tutor. Maggie’s also grieving over the possible death of John Sterling, who joined the RAF between books one and two, and was shot down over Germany somewhere.
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
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Katy
I was intrigued by the first book in this series, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. I didn't particularly like Maggie (in face she seemed to be a bit of a Mary Sue in that book, and this book reinforced my opinion of her - men instantly falling in love/lust with her; we're constantly told how unbelievably intelligent she is; it seems like she knows or is good at everything except where the plot point requires that she doesn't, though she is always quick to correct that). However, I loved the supporting ...more
Jackie
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mystery was weak but the characters are great as is the research the author did to make this story as true as she could. I do wish I knew more the timeline and how much time passed bt the first and second book and within the story itself. Sometime I think a lot of time has passed but it hasn’t and vice versa. I hated how she made the relationship with John. Teased it, then ended it but wait let’s stick her with another man etc
Sharon
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
I have the same concern with this second title in the series as I did in the first: the characters' speech is not realistic to the time and place. Both in their inner thoughts and in dialogue, they speak in contemporary American, with Britishisms thrown in awkwardly. And some of the attitudes and opinions seem anachronistic. Also, the set-up for the third book is wildly improbable. It's a fun adventure, however, plenty of adrenaline, and the atmosphere and details of life in Windsor Palace durin ...more
Love Fool
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed début, 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.

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
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Ashleigh Hvinden
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mahoghani 23
Another handful of deceit, action-filled drama, malice and a woman to save the day. Very interesting and appears as if the author took her time and described scenes, acts and the people in great detail. There is no unbelievable, fairy-tale saves; just real live drama that keeps you on your toes trying to figure out who has the most to gain from treachery.

Maggie has a new assignment; governess to Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. Someone is trying to abduct Princess Elizabeth but how no one kno
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Kimberly
This second book in the Maggie Hope series was not quite up to par with the first. I enjoyed it, but there were some sections that downright annoyed me.

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
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Rebecca Lane Beittel
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Cece
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Laura
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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.
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Barbara (The Bibliophage)
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Ron
Jan 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
This is sad. Almost quit after 100 pages, but I was curious how MacNeal was going to wrap this up. Not well.

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
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Janet
Mar 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
I think this is the last book of this series I'll be reading. Besides the irritating behavior of the main character and the fact that she literally failed at her task because of her own pig-headedness, I could not get past the egregious editing errors and the seemingly plagiarized--in some places--plots. I noticed in the first book a few hints of copying scenes and backgrounds from the TV show "Foyle's War" but I was able to suspend my disbelief. This one, not so much. I also noticed, that altho ...more
Andrea Guy
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Rachael Thomson
Dec 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Utterly, totally, and completely awful.

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
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Jane
Where I got the book: ARC won on the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program.

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
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Shannon
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it


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
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Ashley
Jul 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
While not great literature, this would have been an enjoyable beach read if not for its wholesale plagiarism of a major Alias plotline. Ridiculous. The author should be ashamed of herself.
Tracy
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a really well done series in my opinion! This is book 2 by the way and Maggie Hope is now an MI5 agent undercover at Windsor castle. We are mid WW 2 and there are Nazi spies around.

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
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Karen ⊰✿
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uno_2017
It has been almost 2 years since I read the first book, but someone recommended I continue the series because it improves, and I agree.
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!!!
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Lisa
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it

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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Cathy Cole
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Susan Elia MacNeal is the author of The New York Times, Washington Post, Publishers Weekly and USA Today-bestselling Maggie Hope mystery series, starting with the Edgar Award-nominated and Barry Award-winning MR. CHURCHILL'S SECRETARY, which is now in its 23nd printing. THE KING'S JUSTICE is coming out on February 25, 2020 and she is working on the next book in the series, THE HOLLYWOOD SPY.

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