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)
love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.
The book is a childish attempt to give us a history lesson on WW2. Terrible dialogue,
and a silly plot. I did not even finish it. No more Susan MacNeal for me.
I'd have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this audio. I thought it was going to be a "fluffy" type audio but instead I found an entertaining, historical mystery.
I loved the Churchill moments. It gave me a feeling of being in the same room as he went through his day.
I found her voice lacking. It was difficult to recognize some of the characters. That being said, with intense listening, I was able to enjoy the story.
I'll continue to read the series. I enjoy Maggie's story and there a new voice reading the book.
At the beginning of this book I feared it was going to be slow moving and hard to follow. I made notes of characters names and occupations. That helped me keep things straight. Once the situation was described the pace picked up. I had no trouble following the plot.
As the action picked up, I was fully involved and found it difficult to stop listening.
There are plot points that deal with World War II and plot points that deal with Maggie Hope's personal life.
I was fascinated by the historical information about WWII. It gave me a feeling of how life might have been for a citizen of London during that time.
There is violence, however the descriptions are not overly graphic. There is some rude language, but it is kept to a minimum and very approriate to the situations in which it is used.
There is at least one more book in this series and I plan to read it.
I could not understand the narrator.
The problem was that the narrator was attempting to create several voices, all with a British accent. They became garbled and very difficult to understand. I gave up after abour 50 minutes. Also, the story had not begun to form much of a plot as of that time.
I was disappointed. I had hoped for a complex mystery series comparable to the Maisie Dobbs series. While the reader did a good job, the story was too predictable to keep my attention. I will have to keep looking.
I haven't read the printed version-- but I'll say YES, based on a phenomenal performance by Wanda McCaddon. What an outstanding voice actor....both male and female voices, various accents (Irish, English, American). This is a definite 5 stars for me!
Stellar representation of Prime Minister Winston Churchill!
We lived through WWII but never appreciated burdens shouldered by the Brits or the accomplishments of Winston Churchill. Details in this book squared with knowledge that we had of that era, presenting them through the eyes of fascinating characters. The story moved briskly with fascinating twists and turns.
Wanda McCaddon is a superb narrator. She gives an amazing rendition of Mr. Churchill's unique voice. The variety of tone and inflection she gives the characters makes it easy to recognize each person when he or she speaks. We had not heard her before, but would be interested in other fiction narration by her.
This was an ok read but nothing special. I would have liked more of Churchill who I thought was the most interesting character. The author explained certain things multiple times, which was annoying. On the other hand, it was hard to keep straight some of the characters.
No, I love English books and mysteries.
The premise is great, just not execution.
I was not curious enough to finish the book.
Fascinating historical conjecture
The first appearance of Winston Churchill
Never heard this narrator before.
You thought you knew history.... here is the story behind the story you know.
The only complaint I have is that there are too many endings to the book... either the various story lines need to be tied more closely at the end, or shorten the book. Still, a very good listen, well worth the time and credits!
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