The King's Justice
London. December, 1942. As the Russian army repels German forces from Stalingrad, Maggie Hope, secret agent and spy, takes a break from ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
To add fuel to the fire, the “Blackout Beast,” a Jack the Ripper ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
“The King’s Justice” finds Maggie working with a bomb-disposal unit in London after earlier adventures ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Ms. MacNeal weaves the storyline along with new ...more