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Princess Elizabeth's Spy ➿ [Download] ➽ Princess Elizabeth's Spy By Susan Elia MacNeal ➵ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed d but, Mr Churchill s Secretary Now Maggie returns to protect Britain s beloved royals against an international plot one that Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed d but, Mr Churchill s Secretary Now Maggie returns to protect Princess Elizabeth's eBook ✓ 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 Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MISpirited, strong willed, and possessing one of the sharpest minds in government for mathematics and code breaking, she fully expects to be sent abroad to gather intelligence for the British front Instead, to her great disappointment, she is dispatched to go undercover at Windsor Castle, where she will tutor the young Princess Elizabeth in maths Yet castle life quickly proves dangerous and deadly than Maggie ever expected The upstairs downstairs world at Windsor is thrown into disarray by a shocking murder, which draws Maggie into a vast conspiracy that places the entire royal family in peril And as she races to save England from a most disturbing fate, Maggie realizes that a quick wit is her best defence, and that the smallest clues can unravel the biggest secrets, even within her own family.


10 thoughts on “Princess Elizabeth's Spy

  1. Julie Julie says:

    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 muchthan woman s work , when it becomes clear the princess could be in serious danger On apersonal note, Maggie is 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 muchthan woman s work , when it becomes clear the princess could be in serious danger On apersonal note, Maggie is still struggling to figure out her father and how their relationship should progress, and sadly, she has personally felt the effects of war On a lighter note, there is a wedding to plan, and Maggie is reunited with her friend, David, but also makes new, very significant friendships while working undercover Well, my goodness This series is such a pleasant surprise I love the real life historical figures feature, which, in this case, is Princess Elizabeth, her sister, and of course the king and queen of England, which is always fun, but Maggie s character is so perfectly balanced, and she is a delightfully smart, strong, and genuine The plot was, once again, very fast paced, with all kinds of action, shocking revelations, intrigue beyond measure, mixed in with romance, humor, and some personal introspection and growth to round things out The conclusion was a real stunner I think I actually gasped out loud Thankfully, I already have the third book queued up and ready to go I can t wait to see how all these developments play out Should be very interesting indeed I love how quick and easy these books are to read, but at the same time they seem to come to an end all too soon 4 stars


  2. Kelly Kelly says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Well, I really wanted to like this one because I enjoyed the first book in the series, Mr Churchill s Secretary, although it also had its flaws see my Goodreads review My major problem with this book, though, was Maggie Hope herself I liked her spunky, Nancy Drew style in the first book, but in this volume, I am not sure if she could have been anyclueless, annoying, irritating, whiny, petulant, etc I could not believe how both ridiculous and ridiculously unprofessional Maggie acte Well, I really wanted to like this one because I enjoyed the first book in the series, Mr Churchill s Secretary, although it also had its flaws see my Goodreads review My major problem with this book, though, was Maggie Hope herself I liked her spunky, Nancy Drew style in the first book, but in this volume, I am not sure if she could have been anyclueless, annoying, irritating, whiny, petulant, etc I could not believe how both ridiculous and ridiculously unprofessional Maggie acted towards her boss and her coworkers in MI 5 Are you kidding me Where should I start How about with Maggie s childish reaction to her Windsor Castle assignment, being a sponge and protecting the Princess Maggie, did you forget that you were failing your training at Camp Spook in Scotland Did you remember how Peter Frain, the freakin head of MI 5, saved your butt and gave you an awesome assignment at Windsor Castle in spite of your craptastic training Since when is it a disappointment to work with the rulers of England, both the Royal Family and Mr Churchill It must really be difficult to have to deal with such high powered people while on the job Poor, poor Maggie sigh To Maggie s credit, I will say that her request forinformation about the assignment was a fair request, as Frain should have given her the details to start with, but I cannot believe that she was so upset to be considered a sponge I mean, isn t that what a lot of espionage is soaking up information Here s a small peeve Maggie s complete cluelessness about formal etiquette and, I suppose, royal etiquette She apparently does not know what dress for dinner means I know much is made of Maggie s American childhood seriously, MUCH is made of it but wouldn t she have realized that living and working in a castle with the Royal Family would entail some specific etiquette rules to follow Wouldn t that have come up in pre assignment training, if she had any Another small peeve Maggie s oft repeated bitterness about giving up her dreams of a mathematics graduate degree from MIT, which leads into a bigger peeve the reader is told over and over how smart Maggie is, but the reader is certainly not shown that Maggie blunders about while trying to find some answers after Lily is killed really gruesomely, too, may I add Geesh and stumbles across a book that holds a very significant clue, but then when Maggie receives a book from her father, a SPY at Bletchley Park hello, clue , she does not realize the significance of the book perhaps there s a code in it, Maggie until Princess Elizabeth spills tea on it Edmund even states in his note with the book, Dear Margaret, So sorry we missed each other Thought this book might answer some of your questions And now we come to one of my biggest problems with this book how is it in any way appropriate for Maggie to blackmail her boss, the HEAD OF MI 5, because she no longer wants to work with a different, butexperienced, handler Yes, Nevins is a total jerk, but guess what Maggie sometimes we have to work with jerks And her original, rookie handler, Hugh A total dreamboat of a man, whom Maggie falls for, in spite of the fact that her almost fianc , John, is MIA literally, his plane has been shot down in Germany, but they have not recovered a body, so he is probably still alive, as far as Maggie knows Maggie really is a piece of work here I dislike the introduction of an unnecessary potential love triangle does this story really need the romance No I dislike Maggie s speedy recovery from the heartbreak of John s disappearance I especially dislike the completely unprofessional relationship between Maggie and Hugh, which results in Maggie s childish tantrum that results in blackmailing her boss, the HEAD OF MI 5 Perhaps in real life spies really do fall into bed with one another I do not know because I am not a spy, but I do know that it is probably not a good idea to be romantically and sexually involved with a supervisory coworker as Maggie is with Hugh After all that ranting, let me just point out that I did not mind the actual character of Hugh, per se I just really disliked the romantic relationship he and Maggie have I also disliked the bizarre red herring ish subplot of Alistair Tooke, the Head Gardener, who according to Sam Berners, the Royal Falconer, put up the wire that decapitated Lily Apparently, Tooke was so upset that his German wife was removed from the castle, but not the German lady in waiting, Lily, that he rigged up this crazy way to murder Lily What What if someone else had been riding ahead of Lily, like one of the princesses This was just a very unlikely way someone would murder a specific person Finally, the revelation about Maggie s mother was surprising, but, after everything else that has happened to Maggie, not shocking What is shocking is the hare brained new assignment Maggie will apparently be working on in the next volume of this series in which she goes undercover to Berlin and will at some point interact with her mother, the dreaded master spy Commandant Hess this is from the set up in chapter 30 MI 5 must be desperate to send such an inept spy undercover to Nazi Germany to deal with her own Nazi master spy mother, whom she thought was killed in a car accident twenty years ago Yeah, no potential for disaster there


  3. Colleen Colleen says:

    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 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 parents Even the lines that Hugh utters about a wall of poppies are lifted from Vaughn s speech to Sydney about the wall of stars at the CIA This was no small similarity in circumstances this is essentially lifting the plot of several Alias episodes and just changing the names of the characters I was deeply disappointed by this lack of originality and it undermined my enjoyment of the novel as a whole If I were not a fan of Alias, I would have given this book four stars, but knowing how a central plot element was shamelessly stolen from the TV series, I m only giving it one star because that is as low as I can go


  4. Laura Laura says:

    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 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 of reviews saying the plot was stolen from TV s Alias However, I truly couldn t get past the American slang, errors in continuity, and blatant feminism to finish the book The entire idea that the Nazis are trying to kidnap Princess Elizabeth doesn t make sense Why would they want to kidnap her She was the heir to the throne at that point, yes, but she also had a sister and numerous cousins who were also in direct line behind her for the throne If the Nazis wanted to reinstate the Duke of Windsor as King Edward VIII, they would have had to kidnap and or killthan just Princess Elizabeth I was also disgusted early on around 3rd chapter when MI5 is trying to recruit a defiant, smart aleck Maggie to become Princess Elizabeth s tutor The head of MI5, Peter Frain, refers to Princess Elizabeth as 2nd in line to the throne What Who else was in line before her that would bump her down to 2nd in line Was this book edited at all or was it edited by someone who knew absolutely nothing about Great Britain Doesn t matter, as along with Jacqueline Winspear s awful Maisie Dobbs series who magically senses things , I m done with reading any of Ms MacNeal s books Americans CAN write good mysteries set in England Deborah Crombie, Elizabeth George, Dorothy Cannell all come to mind Ms MacNeal needs to learn from them how to write a good British mystery


  5. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    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 1 Both of their fathers are also spies w 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 1 Both of their fathers are also spies with whom they have stilted relationships During their investigations they both come to believe that their fathers are working for the enemy.2 Both fathers give their wives books that have secret codes that seem to implicate them as double agents.3 Both of the women fall for their handlers Both handlers have lost a father who was also working for the good guys and wasthan likely killed by the woman s parent And both handlers are referred to psychiatrists right after this information becomes known to them.4 Both young handlers are taken off the job and replaced by someone older, who then compromises their agent s safety.5 Both handlers borrow the agency s file on the women s fathers and give it to the women.6 Both women realize that the agents investigating their fathers died in the same car accident as their mothers7 Both women are told that they don t have enough clearance to know all of the information about their mothers deaths.8 Both women find that their mothers aren t only alive, but are working for the bad guys.And it goes a little deeper than that I kept finding myself reminded of scenes from the tv show as I read, and while I m not a superfan, I though things were a bit too convenient and some of the dialogue is eerily similar Here are some examples A Maggie and Hugh are called into a meeting after they accuse her father as a double agent I didn t realize this was going to be such a big meeting Sydney and Vaughn are called into a meeting after they accuse her father as a double agent It s a big meeting B Maggie s father in that same meeting I knew weeks ago that my file had been removed And that certain people were suspicious of my actions during the great war Sydney s father in that same meeting I knew weeks ago that my file had been pulled and that you were suspicious of my activities 25 years ago regarding the KGB C Same meeting, Maggie s father The pinprick encryptions you found in those books yes, they were orders from the Sektion Yes, they were orders to kill British Intelligence officers But Maggie, I wasn t that agent Same meeting, Sydney s father Those cyrillic codes you found in those books yes, they were orders from the KGB and yes, they were orders to kill An agent recieved those orders and carried them out, murdering officers of the C.I.A., including your father, Mr Vaughn All this is true But, Sydney, I was not that agent D After that meeting, Maggie And having a child Was that part of the plan, too After that meeting, Sydney Even her wanting to have a family Was that just part of the plan, too hide spoiler I don t know if it was meant as an homage, or if it was inadvertent or deliberate, but parts of the story and the dialogue skirt the edge Beyond all the that, the story wouldn t have been so bad had Maggie, this gifted woman, actually noticed obvious things that were right in front of her The elements of life for the princesses in Windsor were interesting, but for me, not enough to overcome the shadow of Alias


  6. Judith Starkston Judith Starkston says:

    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 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 responsibilities with great love and care, even while she s still a mischievous child as well and those black and sable corgis No matter that Elizabeth s favorite dog has the habit of biting, the Princess is still devoted to him, and riding is her favorite activity The inside view from Windsor is warmly entertaining from beginning to end Maggie s rooms at the top of Victoria Tower come complete with a loo on the roof Creative plumbing added in later, apparently Keep checking the closets because the scoundrels have slipped into the castle and it will take all of Maggie s intelligence and gumption to keep the Princess safe As with her first Maggie Hope book, Mr Churchill s Secretary, MacNeal excels both at creating a sense of place in history and at developing characters that draw us in and hold us there She s particularly good at giving us a cast of characters with multiple people we feel compelled to suspect She s great at planting clues, along with a fair share of misleading but true clues, so that you keep turning the page in anticipation of figuring out what s up, but you re unlikely to catch the Nazis before all is revealed MacNeal s plot is pleasantly twisted.The idea of betrayal and what drives people to it arises in a number of ways in this book Sometimes blind chauvinism, too arrogant to see the value of a woman s mind, causes inadvertent, stupid betrayal Sometimes war, both on the home front and on the battlefield, wounds so deeply and destroys men so thoroughly that they thrash about trying to save themselves from emotional drowning and in doing so betray those around them Sometimes the heart has to have certainty to hold onto love, and a kind of betrayal can hide in the shadows among even the most loyal Sometimes people must choose who to betray and who to protect when they are forced by evil circumstances The variations on this theme underlie many of the intertwined plotlines of the mystery, but despite this seemingly heavy idea, the novel is primarily a fun read with a sense of humor and a playfulness that will entertain you Take for example at one point Princess Elizabeth takes a cue for defensive action from her Corgi and bites a villain in the ankle If you re not laughing, you re made of stone and biting your own nails it s a scary moment, clever of MacNeal to combine with humor I definitely recommend curling up with Princess Elizabeth s Spy For an interview with Susan Elia MacNeal about Princess Elizabeth s Spy, her research, the dungeons of Windsor and why the theme of betrayal appears in her books click here


  7. Lata Lata says:

    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 infinitelycomfortable with working on higher, complicated math problems than personal intera 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 infinitelycomfortable with working on higher, complicated math problems than personal interactions And yet, she proves herself adept at quick, logical assessments of situations, getting along well with others, and using a certain amount of improvisation in tough situations.I like the quickly moving plots and historical detail, though I can t say I think much of Susan Elia MacNeal s ability to write credible romance Despite that, I m following Maggie on her next adventure


  8. Jackie Jackie says:

    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 knewthe 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


  9. Katy Katy says:

    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 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 characters David, Chuck, John, etc and I thought Susan Elia MacNeal did fairly well with the historical characters.Though it was obvious that the author did research, both books were rife with historical inaccuracies I m the sort of person that is easily bothered by something like that, particularly when a five minute google search can correct an inaccuracy view spoiler For instance, there were no British fighters flying over Berlin in late 1940 and it must be winter 1940 because of the Coventry raid the earliest known flight was a reconnaissance flight in March 1941, and operations didn t begin in earnest until 1943 What was John doing, then, flying a Spitfire over Berlin How did he get through training in two months, anyway The last book was late September and this is one is mid November of 1940 hide spoiler Perhaps because of the errors, I never got a really good feeling for the time and place the novels are set in Wartime London never really comes alive for me Time is compressed very oddly in these stories anyway In the first book for example, we are in June in chapter one and then must be in late September in the next, because the bombing of London has started The readers are never advised, either through placards before the chapters or in the text itself, that there is any sort of time change though time is signpostedclearly in PES than MCS the Coventry raid provides context to figure out when this is supposed to be happening.The editing is also kind of bizarre as well, though that s been covered in other reviews, so I ll leave it.These things bugged me while reading both books I thought the author was actually pretty good and that Secretary was clearly a debut novel There was a good story there and I thought the second book would get better I tried to turn my brain off and enjoy a fluffy read I originally thought both books were about three star range enjoyable, not great, may read future books sort of level.But then, as I was progressing through the second book, I realized several plotlines were very familiar A friend had just recommended the British TV series Foyle s War on Netflix and I had just started watching it The first episode deals with an older man who is married to a German immigrant His wife is detained for possibly spying the letter in the book and a photograph in the tv show and dies of a heart attack while in the internment camp His son, I think, goes to the local wealthy, powerful man in the show Mr Tooke goes to the King, and both are turned away Both the son and Mr Tooke remind the powerful man that an important person in their life is German, as well the wealthy man s second wife in the show and Lady Lily in the book Both women are later killed gruesomely decapitated by a piano wire strung between trees while out on their usual rides.The similarities do not stop there The Detective Chief Superintendent called to the crime scene in both the book and the show is a middle aged widower with a son serving in the military Foyle s son is in the RAF and Wilson s is in the Royal Navy They both served in WWI and tried to offer their services for the war effort during the current war, but were turned down I was shocked reading it, as it was instantly recognizable to me and probably anyone that has seen the first episode of Foyle s War I googled it, and found that it seems the author not only did not properly attribute these borrowed plot points, she also borrowed another, evenimportant plot point from another TV show, down to some of the dialogue It may not be out and out plagiarism, but what happened here is very, very close I can t give this book anythingthan one star as a result I certainly won t be purchasing any further books in the series


  10. Sharon Sharon says:

    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 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 during the war seem well researched and are engaging, despite the distraction of inappropriate phrasing when characters speak And I was glad to see my dear Churchill make plentyappearances


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10 thoughts on “Princess Elizabeth's Spy

  1. Julie Julie says:

    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 muchthan woman s work , when it becomes clear the princess could be in serious danger On apersonal note, Maggie is 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 muchthan woman s work , when it becomes clear the princess could be in serious danger On apersonal note, Maggie is still struggling to figure out her father and how their relationship should progress, and sadly, she has personally felt the effects of war On a lighter note, there is a wedding to plan, and Maggie is reunited with her friend, David, but also makes new, very significant friendships while working undercover Well, my goodness This series is such a pleasant surprise I love the real life historical figures feature, which, in this case, is Princess Elizabeth, her sister, and of course the king and queen of England, which is always fun, but Maggie s character is so perfectly balanced, and she is a delightfully smart, strong, and genuine The plot was, once again, very fast paced, with all kinds of action, shocking revelations, intrigue beyond measure, mixed in with romance, humor, and some personal introspection and growth to round things out The conclusion was a real stunner I think I actually gasped out loud Thankfully, I already have the third book queued up and ready to go I can t wait to see how all these developments play out Should be very interesting indeed I love how quick and easy these books are to read, but at the same time they seem to come to an end all too soon 4 stars

  2. Kelly Kelly says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Well, I really wanted to like this one because I enjoyed the first book in the series, Mr Churchill s Secretary, although it also had its flaws see my Goodreads review My major problem with this book, though, was Maggie Hope herself I liked her spunky, Nancy Drew style in the first book, but in this volume, I am not sure if she could have been anyclueless, annoying, irritating, whiny, petulant, etc I could not believe how both ridiculous and ridiculously unprofessional Maggie acte Well, I really wanted to like this one because I enjoyed the first book in the series, Mr Churchill s Secretary, although it also had its flaws see my Goodreads review My major problem with this book, though, was Maggie Hope herself I liked her spunky, Nancy Drew style in the first book, but in this volume, I am not sure if she could have been anyclueless, annoying, irritating, whiny, petulant, etc I could not believe how both ridiculous and ridiculously unprofessional Maggie acted towards her boss and her coworkers in MI 5 Are you kidding me Where should I start How about with Maggie s childish reaction to her Windsor Castle assignment, being a sponge and protecting the Princess Maggie, did you forget that you were failing your training at Camp Spook in Scotland Did you remember how Peter Frain, the freakin head of MI 5, saved your butt and gave you an awesome assignment at Windsor Castle in spite of your craptastic training Since when is it a disappointment to work with the rulers of England, both the Royal Family and Mr Churchill It must really be difficult to have to deal with such high powered people while on the job Poor, poor Maggie sigh To Maggie s credit, I will say that her request forinformation about the assignment was a fair request, as Frain should have given her the details to start with, but I cannot believe that she was so upset to be considered a sponge I mean, isn t that what a lot of espionage is soaking up information Here s a small peeve Maggie s complete cluelessness about formal etiquette and, I suppose, royal etiquette She apparently does not know what dress for dinner means I know much is made of Maggie s American childhood seriously, MUCH is made of it but wouldn t she have realized that living and working in a castle with the Royal Family would entail some specific etiquette rules to follow Wouldn t that have come up in pre assignment training, if she had any Another small peeve Maggie s oft repeated bitterness about giving up her dreams of a mathematics graduate degree from MIT, which leads into a bigger peeve the reader is told over and over how smart Maggie is, but the reader is certainly not shown that Maggie blunders about while trying to find some answers after Lily is killed really gruesomely, too, may I add Geesh and stumbles across a book that holds a very significant clue, but then when Maggie receives a book from her father, a SPY at Bletchley Park hello, clue , she does not realize the significance of the book perhaps there s a code in it, Maggie until Princess Elizabeth spills tea on it Edmund even states in his note with the book, Dear Margaret, So sorry we missed each other Thought this book might answer some of your questions And now we come to one of my biggest problems with this book how is it in any way appropriate for Maggie to blackmail her boss, the HEAD OF MI 5, because she no longer wants to work with a different, butexperienced, handler Yes, Nevins is a total jerk, but guess what Maggie sometimes we have to work with jerks And her original, rookie handler, Hugh A total dreamboat of a man, whom Maggie falls for, in spite of the fact that her almost fianc , John, is MIA literally, his plane has been shot down in Germany, but they have not recovered a body, so he is probably still alive, as far as Maggie knows Maggie really is a piece of work here I dislike the introduction of an unnecessary potential love triangle does this story really need the romance No I dislike Maggie s speedy recovery from the heartbreak of John s disappearance I especially dislike the completely unprofessional relationship between Maggie and Hugh, which results in Maggie s childish tantrum that results in blackmailing her boss, the HEAD OF MI 5 Perhaps in real life spies really do fall into bed with one another I do not know because I am not a spy, but I do know that it is probably not a good idea to be romantically and sexually involved with a supervisory coworker as Maggie is with Hugh After all that ranting, let me just point out that I did not mind the actual character of Hugh, per se I just really disliked the romantic relationship he and Maggie have I also disliked the bizarre red herring ish subplot of Alistair Tooke, the Head Gardener, who according to Sam Berners, the Royal Falconer, put up the wire that decapitated Lily Apparently, Tooke was so upset that his German wife was removed from the castle, but not the German lady in waiting, Lily, that he rigged up this crazy way to murder Lily What What if someone else had been riding ahead of Lily, like one of the princesses This was just a very unlikely way someone would murder a specific person Finally, the revelation about Maggie s mother was surprising, but, after everything else that has happened to Maggie, not shocking What is shocking is the hare brained new assignment Maggie will apparently be working on in the next volume of this series in which she goes undercover to Berlin and will at some point interact with her mother, the dreaded master spy Commandant Hess this is from the set up in chapter 30 MI 5 must be desperate to send such an inept spy undercover to Nazi Germany to deal with her own Nazi master spy mother, whom she thought was killed in a car accident twenty years ago Yeah, no potential for disaster there

  3. Colleen Colleen says:

    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 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 parents Even the lines that Hugh utters about a wall of poppies are lifted from Vaughn s speech to Sydney about the wall of stars at the CIA This was no small similarity in circumstances this is essentially lifting the plot of several Alias episodes and just changing the names of the characters I was deeply disappointed by this lack of originality and it undermined my enjoyment of the novel as a whole If I were not a fan of Alias, I would have given this book four stars, but knowing how a central plot element was shamelessly stolen from the TV series, I m only giving it one star because that is as low as I can go

  4. Laura Laura says:

    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 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 of reviews saying the plot was stolen from TV s Alias However, I truly couldn t get past the American slang, errors in continuity, and blatant feminism to finish the book The entire idea that the Nazis are trying to kidnap Princess Elizabeth doesn t make sense Why would they want to kidnap her She was the heir to the throne at that point, yes, but she also had a sister and numerous cousins who were also in direct line behind her for the throne If the Nazis wanted to reinstate the Duke of Windsor as King Edward VIII, they would have had to kidnap and or killthan just Princess Elizabeth I was also disgusted early on around 3rd chapter when MI5 is trying to recruit a defiant, smart aleck Maggie to become Princess Elizabeth s tutor The head of MI5, Peter Frain, refers to Princess Elizabeth as 2nd in line to the throne What Who else was in line before her that would bump her down to 2nd in line Was this book edited at all or was it edited by someone who knew absolutely nothing about Great Britain Doesn t matter, as along with Jacqueline Winspear s awful Maisie Dobbs series who magically senses things , I m done with reading any of Ms MacNeal s books Americans CAN write good mysteries set in England Deborah Crombie, Elizabeth George, Dorothy Cannell all come to mind Ms MacNeal needs to learn from them how to write a good British mystery

  5. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    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 1 Both of their fathers are also spies w 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 1 Both of their fathers are also spies with whom they have stilted relationships During their investigations they both come to believe that their fathers are working for the enemy.2 Both fathers give their wives books that have secret codes that seem to implicate them as double agents.3 Both of the women fall for their handlers Both handlers have lost a father who was also working for the good guys and wasthan likely killed by the woman s parent And both handlers are referred to psychiatrists right after this information becomes known to them.4 Both young handlers are taken off the job and replaced by someone older, who then compromises their agent s safety.5 Both handlers borrow the agency s file on the women s fathers and give it to the women.6 Both women realize that the agents investigating their fathers died in the same car accident as their mothers7 Both women are told that they don t have enough clearance to know all of the information about their mothers deaths.8 Both women find that their mothers aren t only alive, but are working for the bad guys.And it goes a little deeper than that I kept finding myself reminded of scenes from the tv show as I read, and while I m not a superfan, I though things were a bit too convenient and some of the dialogue is eerily similar Here are some examples A Maggie and Hugh are called into a meeting after they accuse her father as a double agent I didn t realize this was going to be such a big meeting Sydney and Vaughn are called into a meeting after they accuse her father as a double agent It s a big meeting B Maggie s father in that same meeting I knew weeks ago that my file had been removed And that certain people were suspicious of my actions during the great war Sydney s father in that same meeting I knew weeks ago that my file had been pulled and that you were suspicious of my activities 25 years ago regarding the KGB C Same meeting, Maggie s father The pinprick encryptions you found in those books yes, they were orders from the Sektion Yes, they were orders to kill British Intelligence officers But Maggie, I wasn t that agent Same meeting, Sydney s father Those cyrillic codes you found in those books yes, they were orders from the KGB and yes, they were orders to kill An agent recieved those orders and carried them out, murdering officers of the C.I.A., including your father, Mr Vaughn All this is true But, Sydney, I was not that agent D After that meeting, Maggie And having a child Was that part of the plan, too After that meeting, Sydney Even her wanting to have a family Was that just part of the plan, too hide spoiler I don t know if it was meant as an homage, or if it was inadvertent or deliberate, but parts of the story and the dialogue skirt the edge Beyond all the that, the story wouldn t have been so bad had Maggie, this gifted woman, actually noticed obvious things that were right in front of her The elements of life for the princesses in Windsor were interesting, but for me, not enough to overcome the shadow of Alias

  6. Judith Starkston Judith Starkston says:

    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 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 responsibilities with great love and care, even while she s still a mischievous child as well and those black and sable corgis No matter that Elizabeth s favorite dog has the habit of biting, the Princess is still devoted to him, and riding is her favorite activity The inside view from Windsor is warmly entertaining from beginning to end Maggie s rooms at the top of Victoria Tower come complete with a loo on the roof Creative plumbing added in later, apparently Keep checking the closets because the scoundrels have slipped into the castle and it will take all of Maggie s intelligence and gumption to keep the Princess safe As with her first Maggie Hope book, Mr Churchill s Secretary, MacNeal excels both at creating a sense of place in history and at developing characters that draw us in and hold us there She s particularly good at giving us a cast of characters with multiple people we feel compelled to suspect She s great at planting clues, along with a fair share of misleading but true clues, so that you keep turning the page in anticipation of figuring out what s up, but you re unlikely to catch the Nazis before all is revealed MacNeal s plot is pleasantly twisted.The idea of betrayal and what drives people to it arises in a number of ways in this book Sometimes blind chauvinism, too arrogant to see the value of a woman s mind, causes inadvertent, stupid betrayal Sometimes war, both on the home front and on the battlefield, wounds so deeply and destroys men so thoroughly that they thrash about trying to save themselves from emotional drowning and in doing so betray those around them Sometimes the heart has to have certainty to hold onto love, and a kind of betrayal can hide in the shadows among even the most loyal Sometimes people must choose who to betray and who to protect when they are forced by evil circumstances The variations on this theme underlie many of the intertwined plotlines of the mystery, but despite this seemingly heavy idea, the novel is primarily a fun read with a sense of humor and a playfulness that will entertain you Take for example at one point Princess Elizabeth takes a cue for defensive action from her Corgi and bites a villain in the ankle If you re not laughing, you re made of stone and biting your own nails it s a scary moment, clever of MacNeal to combine with humor I definitely recommend curling up with Princess Elizabeth s Spy For an interview with Susan Elia MacNeal about Princess Elizabeth s Spy, her research, the dungeons of Windsor and why the theme of betrayal appears in her books click here

  7. Lata Lata says:

    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 infinitelycomfortable with working on higher, complicated math problems than personal intera 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 infinitelycomfortable with working on higher, complicated math problems than personal interactions And yet, she proves herself adept at quick, logical assessments of situations, getting along well with others, and using a certain amount of improvisation in tough situations.I like the quickly moving plots and historical detail, though I can t say I think much of Susan Elia MacNeal s ability to write credible romance Despite that, I m following Maggie on her next adventure

  8. Jackie Jackie says:

    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 knewthe 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

  9. Katy Katy says:

    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 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 characters David, Chuck, John, etc and I thought Susan Elia MacNeal did fairly well with the historical characters.Though it was obvious that the author did research, both books were rife with historical inaccuracies I m the sort of person that is easily bothered by something like that, particularly when a five minute google search can correct an inaccuracy view spoiler For instance, there were no British fighters flying over Berlin in late 1940 and it must be winter 1940 because of the Coventry raid the earliest known flight was a reconnaissance flight in March 1941, and operations didn t begin in earnest until 1943 What was John doing, then, flying a Spitfire over Berlin How did he get through training in two months, anyway The last book was late September and this is one is mid November of 1940 hide spoiler Perhaps because of the errors, I never got a really good feeling for the time and place the novels are set in Wartime London never really comes alive for me Time is compressed very oddly in these stories anyway In the first book for example, we are in June in chapter one and then must be in late September in the next, because the bombing of London has started The readers are never advised, either through placards before the chapters or in the text itself, that there is any sort of time change though time is signpostedclearly in PES than MCS the Coventry raid provides context to figure out when this is supposed to be happening.The editing is also kind of bizarre as well, though that s been covered in other reviews, so I ll leave it.These things bugged me while reading both books I thought the author was actually pretty good and that Secretary was clearly a debut novel There was a good story there and I thought the second book would get better I tried to turn my brain off and enjoy a fluffy read I originally thought both books were about three star range enjoyable, not great, may read future books sort of level.But then, as I was progressing through the second book, I realized several plotlines were very familiar A friend had just recommended the British TV series Foyle s War on Netflix and I had just started watching it The first episode deals with an older man who is married to a German immigrant His wife is detained for possibly spying the letter in the book and a photograph in the tv show and dies of a heart attack while in the internment camp His son, I think, goes to the local wealthy, powerful man in the show Mr Tooke goes to the King, and both are turned away Both the son and Mr Tooke remind the powerful man that an important person in their life is German, as well the wealthy man s second wife in the show and Lady Lily in the book Both women are later killed gruesomely decapitated by a piano wire strung between trees while out on their usual rides.The similarities do not stop there The Detective Chief Superintendent called to the crime scene in both the book and the show is a middle aged widower with a son serving in the military Foyle s son is in the RAF and Wilson s is in the Royal Navy They both served in WWI and tried to offer their services for the war effort during the current war, but were turned down I was shocked reading it, as it was instantly recognizable to me and probably anyone that has seen the first episode of Foyle s War I googled it, and found that it seems the author not only did not properly attribute these borrowed plot points, she also borrowed another, evenimportant plot point from another TV show, down to some of the dialogue It may not be out and out plagiarism, but what happened here is very, very close I can t give this book anythingthan one star as a result I certainly won t be purchasing any further books in the series

  10. Sharon Sharon says:

    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 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 during the war seem well researched and are engaging, despite the distraction of inappropriate phrasing when characters speak And I was glad to see my dear Churchill make plentyappearances

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