Mr. Churchill's Secretary (Audio)
London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but... show more
London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and remarkable gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined—and opportunities she will not let pass. In troubled, deadly times, with air-raid sirens sending multitudes underground, access to the War Rooms also exposes Maggie to the machinations of a menacing faction determined to do whatever it takes to change the course of history.
Ensnared in a web of spies, murder, and intrigue, Maggie must work quickly to balance her duty to King and Country with her chances for survival. And when she unravels a mystery that points toward her own family's hidden secrets, she'll discover that her quick wits are all that stand between an assassin's murderous plan and Churchill himself.
In this daring debut, Susan Elia MacNeal blends meticulous research on the era, psychological insight into Winston Churchill, and the creation of a riveting main character, Maggie Hope, into a spectacularly crafted novel.
Publish date: 2012-04-03
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Mystery
, World War II
Series: Maggie Hope Mystery (#1)
Series: Maggie Hope #1 This mystery/suspense novel seemed promising. It's about a young British-born American woman in WWII who takes a job as one of the typists for Winston Churchill. Unfortunately, she had previously been passed over for an actual secretary job which she thought had to do with h...
London 1940. Margaret “Maggie” Hope wants to work for the British intelligence, but as she is a woman she ends up being a typist at No. 10 Downing Street. But she has a knack for code breaking and soon she does a lot more den typing for the prime minister. This book was OK, not fantastic to read, b...
Maggie Hope just might be my new favorite literary heroine and not just because she's a redhead. I tend to have a love/hate relationship with books that are the first in a series. For the most part, I have to finish the second novel before I really know if I am going to enjoy the series. This book m...
Mr. Churchill's Secretary is the story of English-born but US-bred Maggie Hope. She's returned to London in the very early days of WWII to sell her inheritance: her grandmother's house. When it doesn't sell, she decides to stay in London to live, forgoing her post graduate studies at MIT to do her...
This debut, which was nominated for the Best First Edgar, had a lot of potential but I felt the storyline had far too much going on and that the characterizations were weak. I did like the setting, London during the Blitz, but did not think it was utilized very well and audio just kept going on and...