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review 2018-11-23 20:37
Princess Elizabeth's Spy (Maggie Hope #2) by Susan Ella MacNeal
Princess Elizabeth's Spy (Maggie Hope, #2) - Susan Elia MacNeal

Maggie Hope fails out of the MI-5 boot camp due to her physical strength (and the lack thereof). However, just because she is not cut out to go overseas undercover, she is still capable and an asset to use on home soil. So she is given an assignment - tutor Princess Elizabeth in advance maths while really searching out for any saboteurs or German spies working in Windsor Castle.

 

This was an interesting and fast paced story once Maggie is at Windsor. The last book dealt with Irish rebels; this book deals with the British Fascist Party and the German spy network. Along with protecting the princesses and sniffing out the saboteurs, Maggie finds out more about her parents and the beginnings of love triangle form. And it turns out, Princess Elizabeth is a very astute student, putting Hope's lesson on cryptography into good use. Maggie is good at maths, not so much reading people - I hope with more experience, she is gets better at that much needed skill.

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review 2017-01-23 04:20
The Queen's Accomplice (A Maggie Hope Mystery)- Susan Elia MacNeal
The Queen's Accomplice: A Maggie Hope Mystery - Susan Elia MacNeal

On the heels of millions of women world wide, coming together to protest the fact that women are still treated like some sort of inferior species of unknown descent, I picked up this novel. I adore Maggie Hope. She may be a little anachronistic at times but I'm will to let it slide. Partially because she's a redhead and us redheads have to stick together. Mainly I let it slide because of events like yesterday. A fictional Maggie Hope was fighting nearly 80 years ago to be given rights many women still don't have today. All I can think of is the various images of women carrying signs that read "It's 2017 and I can't believe I'm still protesting this shit." Hopefully I won't have to see pictures of my eldest daughter, ten years from now at the tender age of 18, wearing a va-jay-jay hat carrying the same sign. 

 

By the way, I thought this book was excellent. 

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text 2017-01-22 16:42
Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 368 pages.
The Queen's Accomplice: A Maggie Hope Mystery - Susan Elia MacNeal

I'm 20 pages in and already Maggie Hope is standing up to her male superiors by demanding to know why women aren't treated the same as the men. After all, aren't the female British spies fighting for the same thing as the men? Are women dying for the country like men? It is complete coincidence that I picked up this book on the heels of yesterdays wondrous, global events. It's sad that even after everything, we are still fighting the same fight all these years later. 

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review 2016-10-05 04:21
The Queen's Accomplice: A Maggie Hope Mystery - Susan Elia MacNeal

This was my second Maggie Hope book and I thoroughly enjoyed it! This one had the war in the background and mostly concentrated on London after the blitz. The SOE was still gearing up to send spies into France and Maggie's stepsister was still trying to get out of a concentration camp.

However most of the action took place in London where there was a copy cat Jack the Ripper who was taking out newbie SOE wanna be agents who were in town for interviews. Yes,he gets caught and he is a little shrimp of a man who is mad because women are taking men's jobs. LOSER!!

There is a lot of action, a lot of sexism (men thinking they are far superior than women) and one arse who is getting information from Maggie Hope who could save several SOE agents and he decides not to listen to her and tells her to "get him some tea". I mean any monkey could hear her information and realize they have an agent in trouble. The story ends with Maggie on her way to try and save this agent in France (backed by the Queen - she even helps drive her there herself), so I am definitely anxious to find out how that goes.

Anyways, I really, really like this series and will definitely be reading anymore of these books that come out in the future. One of the review I read says that there will be a 7, 8 and 9. I'm ready for them, bring them on!

Huge thanks to Random House and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. An awesome series that any spy fan or WWII fan would love!

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review 2016-09-17 21:53
The Queen's Accomplice
The Queen's Accomplice: A Maggie Hope Mystery - Susan Elia MacNeal

For the past couple of years this series has been one of my favorites. I've loved reading about Maggie Hope and her latest adventures. While Maggie is still her same feisty self this installment felt a bit too predictable.

 

Maggie is back and she is thrown into the investigation into the murders of young women joining the SOE. Paired with an investigator with the Scotland Yard she will delve deep into the mind of a man recreating Jack the Ripper's murders. Little does she know that she just might become the murderers latest target.

 

Maggie is just as feisty and intelligent in this installment as the previous ones. I loved her working relationship (which turns personal) with DCI Durgin. To her the investigation becomes personal.

 

To me it was completely obvious as to who the murderer was. It was so disappointing that Maggie never figures it out until the murderer confronts her. All the red herrings in the plot just couldn't distract me from the real killer.

 

I still eagerly await Maggie's next adventure. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

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