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The King's Justice

(Maggie Hope #9)

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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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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by Bantam
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    Can a stolen violin lead secret agent and spy Maggie Hope to the latest serial killer terrorizing London during World War II?

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    PamG
    THE KING’S 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, ...more
    Susan Johnson
    Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    Sahitya
    It’s probably more of a 3.5 but I’m 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 I’m 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
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    Joan Happel
    Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
    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
    James Ziskin
    Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Set in wartime London 1943, Susan Elia MacNeal’s latest Maggie Hope novel, The King’s 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, Maggie’s a ticking bomb, not unlike the dangerous, unexploded ordnance it’s her job to defuse daily. The King’s Justice is a poetically nuanced portrayal of London in war, twisted souls, and hard ...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
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    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
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    Bruin Mccon
    Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    Maggie Hope and new boyfriend DCI James Durgin search for a serial killer and a violin thief in The King’s 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 I’ve listened to all the rest on audiobook. It’s 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. She’s back in London and dating DCI
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    Roxanne Spencer
    Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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.
    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
    Robin
    Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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 Churchill’s secretary, has now left the SOE (Secret Executive Organization) after being sequestered on a Scottish island (see The Prisoner in the Castle). It’s now 1943 and she’s defusing bombs for the war effort.

    To add fuel to the fire, the “Blackout Beast,” a Jack the Ripper
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    Leslie
    Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
    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
    Jennifer
    Excellent! I love this series, and can't wait for everyone to read this.
    Peppy
    Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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 ...more
    Sarah Knipe
    Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    Jennifer
    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.
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    eyes.2c
    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
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    Gary
    Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    “The King’s Justice” is the ninth novel from author Susan Elia MacNeal to feature the flame-haired, British-born, America-raised protagonist Maggie Hope. It is always difficult to jump in on a long-running series late in the game, but MacNeal keeps newbie readers in the picture with a judicious amount of back story, without overpowering continuing readers with details that they already know.

    “The King’s Justice” finds Maggie working with a bomb-disposal unit in London after earlier adventures
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    Laura
    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Unexploded Bombs throughout London. White feathers being given to conscientious objectors across London. A missing Stradivarius. Seconds ticking away until the execution of the Blackout Beast. Bones turning up in suitcases in the Thames. No one reported missing. And patients mysteriously dying in a hospital.

    How do these all tie together? It will take Maggie Hope to find out.

    Returning to London from her ill-fated
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    Randee Green
    Maggie Hope is living on the edge. She’s seen too much – and done too much – during World War 2, and everything is catching up to her. Having quit her job as a secret agent, Maggie is now working as a bomb diffuser in London. If the risk of accidentally blowing herself up on a daily basis isn’t enough, Maggie is also drinking heavily, smoking, and zipping around London on a rickety motorbike. The last thing Maggie wants to do is get caught up in investigating another crime. But, when a recent ...more
    Jean Kolinofsky
    Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Maggie Hope has been a secretary to Winston Churchill, an agent and instructor for the SOE and is now defusing unexplored bombs. She has been a spy in France and a prisoner of her own government. Her work has taken a great toll on her. She has returned to smoking, drinking too much and recklessly speeding through London on a motorcycle. As she tries to cope with her stress she also forces herself to attend the sentencing of the Blackout Beast, a serial killer who targeted her as one of his ...more
    Nancy
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I received an advance reader’s copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I have read every book in this series and enjoyed them. This is the ninth book in the series.
    This particular book as well as the previous one (The Prisoner in the Castle) is rather dark as it follows the protagonist, Maggie Hope, through her daily activities. She had previously undergone some difficult experiences and the after effects are an integral part of her responses to events. The setting in 1943 London while
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    Myarn
    Oct 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
    The King's Justice by Susan Ella MacNeal. 5 stars

    This book is the 9th book in the Maggie Hope series. Following the events of The Prisoner in the Castle, we find Maggie Hope in London working to disarm unexploded bombs dropped by the Germans during the Blitz. Maggie is suffering PTSD from the events of being held in a prison in Scotland and almost being kidnapped by a German spy. She is smoking and drinking too much and doing dangerous things - (Danger UXB) anyone. Her sometime boyfriend,
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    Sharon
    Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    It's a rare series that keeps my attention throughout and has me eagerly awaiting the next volume. The Maggie Hope novels do just that.

    In this latest tale, Maggie is recovering from her kidnapping and imprisonment. She wants nothing to do with working in the SOE or with the police, so she's learned how to diffuse bombs and is going all over London taking care of unexploded ordinance. Much of the rest of her team consists of conscientious objectors, many of them of Italian descent. Several of the
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    Linda
    Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Maggie Hope is enduring WW II in many ways, usually dangerous and in the King's Justice it is very dangerous indeed. After previously helping to find Nicholas Reitter, a serial killer (or sequential murderer as they call them in England) and almost getting killed doing it she is now helping diffuse unexploded bombs. It's only one of many ways that she seems determined to live dangerously. She is driving a motorcycle as fast as possible, drinking way too much and would really like to take her ...more
    Katie
    Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I really enjoyed the latest installment of the Maggie Hope series much more than I thought I would! After The Prisoner in the Castle I honestly wasn’t sure where things were going to go next, but The Beast is back, along with another serial killer who holds London in terror.

    As suitcases full of bones keep showing up in the city, it appears that someone is targeting conscientious objectors. Maggie grows frustrated with Durgin for not warning her friends that they could have targets on their
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    Lisa B.
    Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Maggie is living life fast and furious. She no longer wants to be an SOE agent. Now she is living in London and diffusing bombs. She speeds through town on a motorbike. She's smoking and drinking to excess. When her boyfriend, DCI James Durgin, asks her to help find a stolen violin, Maggie unwillingly gets drawn into more than one investigation.

    This installment of the Maggie Hope series really brought home how much Maggie has changed since the first book. In that book, Maggie is young, new to
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    Laura
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Maggie Hope is back in jolly old England. After her adventures in the last few books she is stressed and most likely suffering from PTSD. To get away from it all she take a job diffusing unexploded bombs in London. She is drinking too much and generally in bad shape - she just wants to forget. Her current beau, DCI Durgin, is investigating the case of another serial killer who is targeting conscientious objectors. He would like Maggie's help with the case but she wants nothing to do with ...more
    Jan
    This is the first book I've read by this author and I really commend the clear exploration of the effects of psychological trauma on individuals during a war on home soil as well as that experienced by law enforcement and military personnel. Maggie has previously suffered serious wounds while working at the Met, but she still has serious problems with institutional murder of the perpetrator. And now, in 1943 there is another sequential killer on the loose. But while she can't deal with working ...more
    Kristen Tallau
    Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I fell in love with Maggie Hope about three years ago, and it’s been a continuing affair ever since. I’ve been waiting for this book, because no one could go through what Maggie has gone through in the last several books and NOT be affected to the extreme. It’s a dark book, but one that allows us inside Maggie’s head, giving us insight into everything has happened since the Blitz, and the mental anguish she has tried to bury for too long.

    Ms. MacNeal weaves the storyline along with new
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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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