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The King's Justice

(Maggie Hope #9)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,118 ratings  ·  186 reviews
Could a stolen violin be linked to a serial killer terrorizing London during World War II? Only secret agent extraordinaire Maggie Hope knows in this riveting mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Churchill's Secretary.

London. December, 1942. As the Russian army repels German forces from Stalingrad, Maggie Hope, secret agent and spy, takes a break from
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Published February 25th 2020 by Bantam
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Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, uk-crime
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Thank You Bantam Books!
I enjoyed this murder mystery and rate it 4 stars. There isn't any graphic violence, but there is a serial murderer, so it would probably be ok for cozy mystery fans.
Maggie Hope has a talent for solving murders, and she is asked by her boyfriend, DCI(Detective Chief Inspector) James Durgin to help him solve the case. She refuses because of a terrible experience in the previous book. This is book 9 in the series,and I would have
THE KINGS JUSTICE by Susan Elia MacNeal is the ninth book in the Maggie Hope historical fiction series. Maggie Hope has had numerous jobs including secretary to Winston Churchill, a secret agent, and currently, a defuser of bombs that were dropped in London by the Germans, but had not exploded. The novel takes place in 1942 and 1943 and includes some intense scenes. Maggie has been traumatized by her past and is living dangerously. At the same time she is dealing with a broken engagement, dating ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW! What a spectacular book! Susan Elia MacNeal never ceases to amaze me with the meticulous details she finds in her research related to WWII. She is brilliant in the way she intricately weaves those details into her story. I am a history nut and I knew several of the tidbits in this particular story, but had no idea about most of the situations she includes here and it was fascinating. This particular book, with our favorite heroine Maggie Hope, was a thrill a minute ride. To watch Maggie's ...more
Susan Johnson
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this 9th installment, Maggie is still trying to recover from her experiences in Scotland. Mass murderer, Nicholas Reitter, has been sentenced to die for his terrible crimes due to her testimony and she has left the Secret Service because she can no longer handle the violence. Has she retired to a life of ease? No, she is defusing bombs.

This new job leads her into contact with conscientious objectors who are doing the same job and the women who give them white feathers to signify
Joan Happel
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While war rages in Europe, murder and intrigue persists on the blacked-out streets of London. In this 9th installment of the Maggie Hope series, we find our heroine working alongside conscientious objectors, diffusing bombs in a war-weary London. This same war-weariness seems to have affected Maggie. We find her racing around London on a motor scooter at breakneck speeds, drinking and smoking to excess, and frustrated in her relationship with DCI James Durgin. After attending the trail of the ...more
Its probably more of a 3.5 but Im rounding up.

I really enjoyed this series when I read the books in the past couple of years but the last installment really disappointed me. But when I saw the release date for this 9th book of the series, there was no way I could abandon it because I still had fond memories of the main character. And Im happy that I decided to stick with it and also got the opportunity to review it in advance.

While the previous book had a bit of a boring narrative, I loved
The Lit Bitch
3.5 stars

When I first stumbled on Maggie Hope, it was early 2012. I was one of the first people to read and review Mr Churchills Secretary and I fell head over heals for Maggie right then and there!

I have adored many of the books in the series thus far and I cant believe we are on the 9th book already!

Obviously when this book came up for review, I was thrilled to be reading more about Maggies journey and checking in with many of my favorite characters in the series. After the last book, I had
Kate Baxter
4.5 / 5 Stars

Readers of the Maggie Hope Mystery series by Susan Elia MacNeil, are in for a real treat. Maggie's loyal followers have been through the emotional ringer with Maggie as she's gone from clever math whiz and code breaker, through aide to Churchill, high-end nanny, secret agent, security liability to bomb defuser. She's been shot at, maimed and somehow she always comes back for more. Yet we see a definite shift in her mien as World War II takes its toll on her and on those she holds
James Ziskin
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set in wartime London 1943, Susan Elia MacNeals latest Maggie Hope novel, The Kings Justice, is a powerfully emotional work that poses difficult questions for Maggie as she searches for justice. Or is it actually vengeance she wants? Perhaps redemption? A charismatic but severely damaged heroine, Maggies a ticking bomb, not unlike the dangerous, unexploded ordnance its her job to defuse daily. The Kings Justice is a poetically nuanced portrayal of London in war, twisted souls, and hard moral ...more
Charlene Roberson
Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced digital copy of this book in exchange for a review. Here is that review:

Maggie Hope has lived a lifetime in just a few years in London. In the first installment of this series, Maggie was a secretary to Winston Churchill, then she was recruited as a spy, then a trainer of spies, now she is back in London and defusing unexploded bombs left by the German blitz.

She is recovering from her imprisonment in Scotland and, more recently, the capture of serial killer
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have previously read and enjoyed books in the Maggie Hope Mystery Series, so when the newest release in the series The King's Justice by Susan Elia MacNeal became available I knew I wanted to read it right away and am glad I did.

The King's Justice find Maggie in London where a previous criminal whom she had helped to capture has just been sentenced to death. Maggie has officially stepped away from her previous spy roles and is instead employed to detonate bombs in London. Doing so, she becomes
Lynn Horton
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Im clearly in the minority here, but Im not fond of this Maggie Hope mystery. I do enjoy these novels, but this one falls flat for me.

The biggest problem is that I dont like Maggie at all until the very end of the book. She goes off the rails in such a destructive way that I think its inconsistent with her character in the other stories. I find it hard to believe that someone so intelligent, so other-oriented, would sink to such depths. Her depravity makes her impossible to relate to (for me),
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As I was writing my review, instead of adding Susan Elia MacNeal as the author, I almost typed Maggie Hope, so indelible and real has this character become. Maggie, the red haired spitfire who began the first book as Churchills secretary, has now left the SOE (Secret Executive Organization) after being sequestered on a Scottish island (see The Prisoner in the Castle). Its now 1943 and shes defusing bombs for the war effort.

To add fuel to the fire, the Blackout Beast, a Jack the Ripper style
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had no idea what to expect after reading MacNeal's last book in the Maggie Hope series. That one was so enjoyable after slogging through a couple in the series that I didn't enjoy as much as the original book..

Maggie is in full avoidance mode, after seeing and doing some things she never would have thought imaginable a few years before. Smoking, drinking, driving around recklessly on a motorbike, you name it, Maggie is doing everything but processing the psychological pain she is experiencing.
Roxanne Spencer
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
War is hell, and the latest in the Maggie Hope series shows the impact on the civilians left behind as well as those who don't do their fighting on the front lines. Maggie is dealing with her disillusionment with the SOE as well as likely PTSD by smoking, drinking, and defusing bombs. I enjoyed this outing with Maggie, but hope that she can find at least a small measure of peace and happiness in the next book. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital ARC.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
A solid read!

After having escaped the serial killer Nicholas Reitter, dubbed by the press, the Blackout Beast, Maggie Hope's life is grim and becoming more so. She's frenetic, drinking too much, smoking too much and defusing bombs with the Bomb Disposal Unit. She is doing all she can to feel alive whilst flirting with death, to live in the moment. After all she's been through, with Reitter and her "false imprisonment and near death" at the hands of the Special Operations Executive, Maggie feels
Sarah Knipe
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This eARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The ninth book in the Maggie Hope Mystery series takes place in London in March of 1943. The novel finds Maggie Hope quitting the SOE and instead diffusing bombs around London while preparing for the upcoming execution of Nicholas Reitter, or the Blackout Beast. She is doing a dangerous dance of catching highs by diffusing bombs, riding motorbikes, and smoking then numbing her pain with alcohol in order to
Bruin Mccon
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Maggie Hope and new boyfriend DCI James Durgin search for a serial killer and a violin thief in The Kings Justice, the latest Maggie Hope mystery.

I am a huge fan of this series and was thrilled to receive an advance review copy. This was my first e-book in the series as Ive listened to all the rest on audiobook. Its a great read, either way.

When the book opens, Maggie has given up her SOE work after going to spy jail in the last installment of the series. Shes back in London and dating DCI
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the ninth installment in the Maggie Hope historical mystery series which takes place in London, 1942. Susan Elia MacNeal has written an emotionally charged and suspenseful novel which is chock full of obscure historical details of the period, especially about the treatment of Britalians(Italian immigrants in Britain) and British conscientious objectors. The novel also explores the moral dilemma of dealing with the psyche of serial killers and their perpetrated crimes. What is the proper ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! I love this series, and can't wait for everyone to read this.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Now that I have binged the entire three seasons of Netflix's The Crown, I couldn't wait to return to the world of WWII in Susan Elia MacNeal's Maggie Hope series with her ninth book, The King's Justice.

We last left Maggie on an island in Scotland where she was forced to stay with other British intelligence agents who had been deemed security risks in The Prisoner in the Castle. Now Maggie is a back in London, but she is no longer working for British intelligence.

Her job is still dangerous
The Library Lady
This is better than most of the recent MacNeal books, which have been ridiculously over the top. We are back in London. Maggie is working with the group that defuses unexploded bombs, most of whom are Conscientious Objectors. Between that and her previous traumas she is smoking heavily, drinking heavily and driving a motorcycle like she's Evel Knievel. She's also trying to seduce her policeman beau, who seems to be saving himself for marriage. Amidst this she gets drawn into a serial killer ...more
Barb Lie
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Kings Justice by Susan Elia Macneal is the 9th book in her historical Maggie Hope series. I have not read this author before, and was concerned that starting in the 9th book would be a problem. But Macneal did a great job writing this story, and giving any needed information to learn about our heroine. In this historical fiction background, Maggie Hope, our heroine, has had various jobs during this time period (approx. 1942-1943), such as secret agent, spy, and secretary to Winston ...more
"What you call 'evil' is contagious, like a virus. It's spread through violence and cruelty, passed down from generation to generation. Until the cycle is broken."

This suspense read was a little grittier than what I usually read. The descriptions of the killings and the process were more detailed than I prefer. Although it is a World War II setting in London and I am sure the activities of the younger men and women involved in war work or military roles were a little more frenetic due to the
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The King's Justice by Susan Eli MacNeal is a Maggie Hope story. Maggie is recently returned from her ordeal in Scotland and is adjusting poorly. It is 1943 so the is still on. She drinks too much, she smokes too much. She is pretty much a mess, not ready to deal with any of it yet. She is diffusing bombs in London and training others as well. Most of them are young men; most of those are conscientious objectors. She likes the thrill of adrenalin and she likes the young men, mostly, until they ...more
joyce w. laudon
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading the Maggie Hope mysteries since the first title, Mr. Churchill's Secretary, was published in 2012.  The King's Justice is the ninth in this historical mystery series.  Any of the books can be read as a standalone but readers of the series will relate to familiar characters including members of Maggie's family.

The King's Justice is a complex tale.  By the time that this story takes place, the stresses of war and Maggie's work life (currently as a bomb disposal expert) are
This is Maggie at her darkest, and the subject is grim, but things gets better in the end where Mags is concerned (in some ways, anyway).

The time period is World War II, the action all in London, though its not covert ops but defusing unexploded bombs (UXBs). Who would choose to do this? Well, no one actually, but someone had to. So the task fell to Conscientious Objectors (COs)nicknamed conchiesand young British Italian men, or Britalians, who were barred from military service because of their
The series has evolved and matured since its beginning, and it is much darker now than the first books. In this one, Maggie is trying to return to normal from very difficult and demanding secret war work and a near-miss on her life, but she is numbing herself with alcohol, cigarettes, and the adrenaline of bomb disposal--while also caught up in a case involving her current flame, a Metropolitan Police Inspector, and the investigation of sequential (serial) murders. The research on this book is ...more
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
I have read all the Maggie Hope mysteries. I liked them because the WWII backdrop was integral to the story, and Maggie Hope started out as a member of Churchill's secretarial pool and graduated to MI5 agent and SOE spy. They were Nancy Drew for adults. This one (#9) was a continuation of #8 (which I didn't really like) about a serial killer in London. The fact that it was during WWII was largely irrelevant. The story was predictable (I know "who done it" early on) and the last 1/3 of the book ...more
The espionage aspect of this previously entertaining series seems to have gone right out the door. Too bad. Replacing it is an over the top pastiche of Sweeney Todd, Lisbeth Salander, and others of their ilk. The inclusion of Maggies work defusing bombs was the only portion of the WWII story that felt grounded in reality. I do hope the author returns Maggie Hope to her former role as a spy and leaves the sensationalism behind. ...more
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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.


Other books in the series

Maggie Hope (9 books)
  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary (Maggie Hope Mystery, #1)
  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy (Maggie Hope Mystery, #2)
  • His Majesty's Hope (Maggie Hope Mystery, #3)
  • The Prime Minister's Secret Agent (Maggie Hope, #4)
  • Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante (Maggie Hope Mystery, #5)
  • The Queen's Accomplice (Maggie Hope Mystery #6)
  • The Paris Spy (Maggie Hope Mystery #7)
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