Tuesday, May 14, 2013

His Majesty's Hope

A Maggie Hope Mystery
Susan Elia MacNeal

For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, and Anne Perry, whip-smart heroine Maggie Hope returns to embark on a clandestine mission behind enemy lines where no one can be trusted, and even the smallest indiscretion can be deadly.

World War II has finally come home to Britain, but it takes more than nightly air raids to rattle intrepid spy and expert code breaker Maggie Hope. After serving as a secret agent to protect Princess Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, Maggie is now an elite member of the Special Operations Executive—a black ops organization designed to aid the British effort abroad—and her first assignment sends her straight into Nazi-controlled Berlin, the very heart of the German war machine. Relying on her quick wit and keen instincts, Maggie infiltrates the highest level of Berlin society, gathering information to pass on to London headquarters. But the secrets she unveils will expose a darker, more dangerous side of the war—and of her own past (from Netgalley)

My Thoughts

I sure do like Maggie Hope. I just finished book #2, Princess Elizabeth’s Spy, and decided to jump right into #3, His Majesty’s Hope. In book #2, I thought the story was fun and cute. I also thought that this theme would continue, but such was not the case. His Majesty’s Hope has a much more serious tone.

Our heroine, Maggie is still smart, spunky and determined not to be held back because she is a female. In this story, she parachutes into Germany for what is supposed to be a simple, in and out, undercover spy endeavor. She unexpectedly ends up staying longer and oh the horror she discovers. People die in this story and it really takes a tole on our girl Maggie.

I thought the author did an outstanding job of representing the time period that this story represents. Because of what is happening to the Jews and to children labeled as “disabled”, the underlying feeling of the book is very ominous. Because of what happens to Maggie, we are left wondering if she be able to overcome her experience. Will she ever be happy again? What a great cliffhanger!

I would like to thank Random House Publishing Group - Bantam Dell, via Netgalley, for allowing me to read this in exchange for an unbiased review.

Publish date: March 14, 2014.

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