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Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 2 | [Susan Elia MacNeal]

Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 2

Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.
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Publisher's Summary

Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history.

As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5. Spirited, strong-willed, and possessing one of the sharpest minds in government for mathematics and code-breaking, she fully expects to be sent abroad to gather intelligence for the British front. Instead, to her great disappointment, she is dispatched to go undercover at Windsor Castle, where she will tutor the young Princess Elizabeth in math. Yet castle life quickly proves more dangerous - and deadly - than Maggie ever expected.

The upstairs-downstairs world at Windsor is thrown into disarray by a shocking murder, which draws Maggie into a vast conspiracy that places the entire royal family in peril. And as she races to save England from a most disturbing fate, Maggie realizes that a quick wit is her best defense, and that the smallest clues can unravel the biggest secrets, even within her own family.

©2012 Susan Elia Macneal (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    11-27-12
    11-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Susan Elia MacNeal and/or Susan Duerden?

    Possibly.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Got more and more implausible. The historic detail was interesting, but the plot became too absurd.


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    Direct. Felt the character.


    Was Princess Elizabeth's Spy worth the listening time?

    Barely.


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    E. Stein Bedford, NY 11-25-12
    E. Stein Bedford, NY 11-25-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Not as good as the first"

    Plot is pretty silly, characterization worse. The first book was a better mesh of story and research; in this, the research is too prominent and less skillfully introduced. Overall, it seems as if the writer rushed to produce a second in the series. It doesn't help that the reader has a quite annoying intonation, with a rhythm in her speech that is both artificial and continuous, although she does a good job with characters and accents.

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    Patti Keaau, HI, United States 11-25-12
    Patti Keaau, HI, United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Worst reader ever"
    Would you try another book from Susan Elia MacNeal and/or Susan Duerden?

    yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    the narrator's breathy voice was more suitable for fairy tales and made the characters sound like they were constantly overcome by the vapors


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    Geraldine Pinehurst, North Carolina, United States 11-13-12
    Geraldine Pinehurst, North Carolina, United States 11-13-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I would suggest this book. It is entertaining and well read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Princess Elizabeth's Spy?

    The entire book. It kept me guessing throughout.


    What does Susan Duerden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She was excellent. I took it on a cruise and was amazed that it continued to keep my attention throughout.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Adventures of Maggie Hope.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to her next book. Did Maggie ever discover that John was alive in German etc.

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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 10-23-12
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 10-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Fun Romp"

    The spunky heroine introduced in Mr. Churchill's Secretary is at it again, becoming a spy in WW2 Britain. Despite some moments that didn't quite ring true for me, the book is an enjoyable journey with twists and turns in the plot and lots of historical detail. The characters of Winston Churchill and the young Princess Elizabeth do seem credible from what we know of them. While this isn't an outstanding series, in my opinion, it is enjoyable and I'll probably read subsequent books as they come out in audio. The author left us a few teasers about what is to come to add to that interest.

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