Saturday, November 9, 2019

Review: Mr. Churchill's Secretary by; Susan Elia MacNeal

Title: Mr. Churchill's Secretary
Author: Susan Elia MacNeal
Publisher: Bantam
Series: Maggie Hope Mystery #1
Pages: 328
Format: Paperback
Source: Library


For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, and Anne Perry, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary captures the drama of an era of unprecedented challenge—and the greatness that rose to meet it.

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. 

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Maggie Hope whose living in London and looking for a job unfortunately most girls are reduced to minimal work and Maggie is smarter than most of the men around her.  She ends up working for Mr. Churchill and helps decode messages whether they want her help or not.  Someone is out killing girls and people are trying to figure out whose doing the killing and why?

I loved reading about Maggie Hope and what she goes through and how she doesn't let her sex determined what she will do in life.  She fights for what she is passionate about.  Definitely a great period piece, you get a feel for the war and what London was going through in that time period and how the United States was not involved at all with it.  Other than supplying things to London.

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