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.
©2012 Susan Elia Macneal (P)2012 Random House Audio
“This wonderful debut is intelligent, richly detailed, and filled with suspense.” (Stefanie Pintoff)
“A terrific read.... Chock full of fascinating period details and real people including Winston Churchill, MacNeal’s fast-paced thriller gives a glimpse of the struggles, tensions, and dangers of life on the home front during World War II.” (Rhys Bowen, author of Royal Blood and winner of the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards)
“Think early Ken Follett, amp it up with a whip-smart young American not averse to red lipstick and vintage cocktails, season it with espionage during the London Blitz, and you’ve got a heart-pounding, atmospheric debut. I loved it.” (Cara Black, author of Murder in Passy)
This delightful book slowly and carefully brings one into England during the beginning of World War II with interesting characters: The world before women were accepted into the upper echelons of politics; the world of Winston Churchill's office. And suddenly, it becomes a mystery to unwind and evolves into a full-fledged spy novel with just a touch of romance. This was most enjoyable and I will make it a point to follow this series.
Can't give that away. It is, after all, a spy novel.
This was new to me.
I like this book better than most of the other books I have listened to.
It is similar to "Her Royal Spyness". It is set in a similar era, british, female heronie.
The book starts off slow, and it's a little jumpy shirting perspectives. It does address some thought provoking ideologies regarding war that I found interesting.
I do not know.
Maggie. Focused, brave, intelligent, non-selfconcious beauty.
I have not.
None really. Meeting her father is the most moving, but then not very much.
Good plot. Good listen (great reader). Not as crude or violent as other novels of the same genre.Historical references to London at the onset of the war, were interesting.
The three words I would use would be, wonderful. engaging, and thrilling.
This book is fabulous I wouldn't want to compare it to anything. I can't wait for the next book, I love the different view of history.
I loved Maggie Hope. This book made me root for her.
I liked that the reader was seemed to give what I considered "appropriate" inflection and emotion at the right times. The story was great, but I felt like I could picture everything as well! What I did not like, was that the reader made Maggie sound like she had a lot of masculine energy. Maybe that was correct for the time period and an ambitions woman, but I didn't care for it. However, it didn't get so much in the way that I wanted to stop listening.
Yes! Character likability is a must for me in any story, mission accomplished. I had to hear what they all did next! It was a well paced story with odd twists that kept me very interested!
There are 2 characters with the same name, and because of one of the side mysteries in the story it was very confusing. I also couldn't tell if one of those characters was part of a story in the past to explain the side mystery. It did become clear about halfway through. It was one of the interesting odd twists I mentioned earlier. I didn't know this was a series and when I finished listening I found myself sad that the end was the end. I didn't feel like there were too many loose ends, and I must say the author did a nice job of wrapping it up. As if she wanted it to stand on its own in case she decided not to write another. I'm glad she did and can't wait to read/listen!
love traditional British mysteries 19 th century to MID 20th
Some of the descriptive text was tedious and so repetitive
I feel I should give the series a try - but the improbability of this particular story has shaken me!
I had trouble keeping with the story at the beginning. In part the reader struggled to bring the various characters to life, however once the puzzle pieces started falling into place in the storyline I was hooked. Hopefully, now that the cast of characters has been set, the next books will be even more engaging.
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