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Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante

(Maggie Hope #5)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  8,240 ratings  ·  812 reviews
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this riveting mystery from Susan Elia MacNeal, England’s most daring spy, Maggie Hope, travels across the pond to America, where a looming scandal poses a grave threat to the White House and the Allied cause.

December 1941. Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C., along with special agent Maggie Hop
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Bantam
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Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante by Susan Elia MacNeal is a 2015 Bantam publication.

With America finally having no choice but to join in WW2, Maggie returns to the States, acting as the prime minister's typist, while he works with the president on a course of action.

But, of course Maggie always manages to find intrigue- this time as a confidante to Mrs. Roosevelt. It seems that one of Eleanor’s assistants has failed to show up for work and she is quite concerned. In the process of trying to determi
The Library Lady
The Maggie Hope books have steadily gotten more and more ridiculous.
(Number 4 is less so, and is actually pretty moving as Maggie recovers from a preposterous spy adventure, but she's slipped again here.)

I assume you've read the others if you're reading this, so I'll say that the father-who-really-wasn't-dead, the mother-who-really-wasn't-dead-and-was-an-undercover-Nazi-spy, and the discovered-half-sister-who's-now-a-political-prisoner would be more than enough. But then there's Maggie's Zelig l
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
When Winston Churchill travelers to Washington D.C to negotiate with President Roosevelt the United States entry into World War II. Special agent Maggie Hope is by his side posing as his typist. But Maggie is soon drawn into the action as she together with the Eleanor Roosevelt discovers the body of an aide to the First Lady. It seems that someone is trying to implicate the First Lady and now Maggie must try to find out who is behind the killing.

I read the first book in this series not so long a
I discovered the Maggie Hope Mysteries about a year ago and while I have yet to go back and read the earlier books, they are all on my to-read ASAP list. This series is great for people who enjoy books set during WWII which include real historical figures.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a review copy of this book.
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States has finally joined the war effort. In the entourage of Churchill, Maggie returns to America, where she comes to work closely with Mrs. Roosevelt after the mysterious death of the First Lady’s secretary.

I had high hopes for this book since it was to reunite Maggie with Churchill, David and John. But as with its predecessor, there was too much story rather than a centralized focus upon Maggie. Within the story were the days leading up to the sche
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This could have been a great story, but MacNeal fell drastically short. Besides the valid complaints lodged by others, such as a minimal plot that was spelled out early on and got lost amid other story lines, and way too many setting descriptions, there are other glaring problems that are far more important.

The most egregious aspects of this novel are Mrs. MacNeal’s twisting of facts, the inability to understand greatness, and her sexist views voiced through Maggie Hope and other women.

For examp
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I always enjoy spending time with Maggie Hope, and the fifth adventure is no exception. In this outing her code-breaking and espionage skills have taken her back across the Atlantic to the US, her childhood home, ostensibly to act as Winston Churchill’s secretary while he confers with President Roosevelt in Washington DC. The attack on Pearl Harbor means America has finally joined the fight, but someone is threatening the joint war effort by trying discredit Mrs. Roosevelt with a manufactured sc ...more
Primrose Jess
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I want to thank Bantam books and Netgalley for allowing me to read this advanced reader copy for free in exchange of my honest review of this book. It was truly a pleasure and a privilege. I am a purist in reading series. When I was approved to review this; I scrambled to quickly read the prior books in the series. It was a wise decision on my part because MacNeal has a strong backstory full of character development and plot twists that demand the reader read the series in order.

Spy and forme
It's just after Pearl Harbor. Winston Churchill, has gone to Washington to negotiate America's entry into WWII with Franklin Roosevelt, taking some of his staff (amongst them Maggie, Peter and John) with them. For Peter and John, this is their first trip to America, one that is dazzling with non-rationed food, brightly-lit cities with no blackout requirements

Mrs. Roosevelt has her own agenda, one which may inadvertently threaten both the success of the new agreement and FDR's own standing, and M
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars!!
I don't know why, but I just love books about World War II. And this one fit the bill. While it was mostly centered in the U.S. with the meetings between Roosevelt and Churchill. There were also some scenes from England and a couple from Germany. At first, I was a little upset when they had high up German officials in a prison that had every luxury they could want until I figured out they were bugged and trying to get any and all information they could from them. Then I settled down and
Another enjoyable installment in the Maggie Hope series. I appreciate the way MacNeal weaves historical events into her plots. It makes her stories so engaging. Looking forward to the next one.
The Lit Bitch
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a huge fan of Maggie Hope over the years. At times her character went in directions that I didn’t care for or maybe she made choices that I thought were questionable but at the end of the day, those choices and directions made her seem more real and relateable which I loved.

I felt like Maggie was finally coming to terms with some of the things she had to endure through the war and as a spy. It’s like she has accepted her choices and learned to live with the choices she has made. She
Kris - My Novelesque Life
(Maggie Hope: #5)
Written by Susan Elia MacNeal
2015, 337 Pages
Genre: war, mystery, suspense, espionage

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)


Right after Pearl Harbor is bombed, Prime Minister Churchill heads to America to visit President Roosevelt. With him is special agent, Maggie Hope, who is posing as his typist. As the two leaders are negotiating America's entry into the War, the First Lady's aid is mysteriously murdered. As Ma
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Though this is the 5th book in the Maggie Hope series, it's the first I've read, but won't be the last! I really enjoy books set during WWII. This one suffered a little because there were 3 or 4 sub-stories going on at the same time which caused it to bog down in places, but I really liked Maggie. She comes from quite an unusual background. This is the only book in the series that actually takes place in the US during the time period. The mystery really wasn't much of a mystery, as it was easy t ...more
Mahoghani 23
Maggie Hope comes to America with the Prime Minister posing as his secretary and ends up assisting the first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, in finding out the truth about her secretary, Blanche Half our.

A story written with at least 5 different narration that brought the story to life and showed insight into each area of the plot. New characters are shady and deserve well their just desserts. A very enjoyable read.
There is lots going on in Susan Elia MacNeal's fifth Maggie Hope book, but then, it is December 1941, only weeks after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States has entered this second war to end all wars. Maggie Hope has traveled to Washington, D.C. with Prime Minster Winston Churchill and his two aides, Maggie's close friend David Green and Maggie's old/new boyfriend John Sterling, on a mission to shore up America's support for the war and ensure that President Roosevelt is commit ...more
Lisa B.
In this, book #5 in the Maggie Hope series, we find Maggie coming home to America. She comes as Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s secretary. The PM comes to America to discuss WWII with President Roosevelt. When Mrs. Roosevelt finds herself in a bit of a stickey wicket, Churchill lends Maggie to her for help. Typical Maggie jumps in feet first to find out just who wants to do harm to the first lady’s character.

Sigh..... I adore Maggie Hope. She is such a likeable character. She is smart, bold a
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante found me right back in the brilliant world of Maggie Hope. This book took a bit of a turn as we see Maggie and companions traveling to the United States with Winston Churchill for a meeting with President Roosevelt, which introduces us to a whole new set of circumstances. The author easily works in the themes of the U.S. moving forward as allies with Britain after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, as well as exposing us to the civil rights injustices of the U.S. during the ...more
Great entry-so much going on in the USA!
Cara Putman
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't my favorite of hers, but it was still good. I so appreciate the pages of historical references that she includes in the end of her books. ...more
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wish-or-hold
Reading MRS. ROOSEVELT's CONFIDANTE as strictly an entertainment issue, it was an ok book. Like many series books, they must create, resurrect, and fabricate material to keep going. This is the first one that I have read, so wasn't sure how her half-sister is in a German Concentration camp and is going to be rescued by MI5... or whoever. But, hey... I am the new kid on the block. If I had read it more critically, I would have noted that there was a slightly snarky attitude about the power of the ...more
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book

I’ve been reading a boatload of WWII novels lately. Wars are not my favorite subject, but they do provide a great backdrop for passionate stories. Life and death, freedom or tyranny are on the line are on the line and bring out the best and worst in characters.

This one plays historical issues one after the other: US entry into WWII, the history of intelligence gathering, the politics of
Elizabeth  (Thoughts From an Evil Overlord)
Cool and calm, American Maggie Hope is pleased to be back in her homeland, albeit under terrible circumstances, for Christmas of 1941. She will have the opportunity to visit with the aunt who raised her and share some American foods and traditions with her good friend David, special assistant to Winston Churchill, and John, a long-lost love with whom she has recently been reunited. Moving throughout the elegant locations of Washington, D.C., Maggie runs into luminaries of the time, including Cab ...more
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read in this series. Despite it being book number 5, and several references to things that have happened in previous books, I didn't feel left behind at all for picking it up at this point.

I love a strong female protagonist, and Maggie Hope is just that - a determined, intelligent agent who can look after herself in any situation with an intriguing past. I enjoyed the setting - a conspiracy and mystery that could topple the newly forged British - American alliance in
Really 3.5 stars, but I rounded up.

Though an engaging book, Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante was in no way one of the best in this series.

The main characters in this series take some getting used to. They are harder than many cozy* characters but once you break the "ice" of the first book they become lovable. In this book, John, one of the main characters, experienced many changes in his life and I have to say I was disappointed in a lot of them. I don't know if the author grew tired of his character
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easily the best Maggie Hope book yet! I loved the plot, the character development of our favorite main characters, and of course the cameos of FDR, Eleanor, and Churchill. Best of all, the book doesn't shy away from depicting the full time period on the page, including discussion and major plot points about racism, colonialism, and LGBT rights. All in all, it leads to a fuller, more realistic historical fiction mystery than I've ever read--I truly think this is a rarity in the genre. Kudos to Ma ...more
Renee M
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am completely hooked by this series!
John Szalasny
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miss Hope comes to Washington! Maggie comes back to America (just after the Pearl Harbor bombing) as part of the entourage working for Prime Minister Churchill. To better relationships between the new allies, she is allowed to assist Eleanor Roosevelt after the death of her private secretary. Mrs. Roosevelt soon learns that there is more to Maggie Hope than her typing skills.

Gaining her trust, she is brought into two apparently unrelated situations. The first, a plot to discredit the first lady
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
I approach a new-t0-me-author with trepidation, but I love WWII-set narratives and wanted to try Elia MacNeal. An intriguing mystery, not so much a whodunnit (it's pretty obvious), but the political machinations behind whydunnit. Elia MacNeal's interweaving of historical and fictional figures was seamlessly wonderful. She tackled such larger-than-life characters as the Roosevelts and Churchill and rendered them fully-dimensional, flawed, compelling, and heroic. At the same time, Elia MacNeal doe ...more
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-read
ARGH! We were moving in such a good direction and then, BAM! Flameout!

JUST because Churchill and Roosevelt met over Christmas in 1941, and just because there happened to be a black man on death row about that time, and JUST because there was indeed a mixed-race lesbian woman who knew Mrs. Roosevelt, and JUST because there was indeed an RAF pilot who did indeed become involved with Walt Disney during the War years, and JUST because the British did indeed put high-value/high ranking German POWs in
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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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