For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Charles Todd, and Anne Perry, The Prime Minister's Secret Agent is a gripping new mystery featuring intrepid spy and code breaker Maggie Hope. And this time, the fallout of a deadly plot comes straight to her own front door.
World War II rages on across Europe, but Maggie Hope has finally found a moment of rest on the pastoral coast of western Scotland. Home from an undercover mission in Berlin, she settles down to teach at her old spy training camp, and to heal from scars on both her body and heart. Yet instead of enjoying the quieter pace of life, Maggie is quickly drawn into another web of danger and intrigue. When three ballerinas fall strangely ill in Glasgow - including one of Maggie's dearest friends - Maggie partners with MI-5 to uncover the truth behind their unusual symptoms. What she finds points to a series of poisonings that may expose shocking government secrets and put countless British lives at stake. But it's the fight brewing in the Pacific that will forever change the course of the war - and indelibly shape Maggie's fate.
©2014 Susan Elia MacNeal (P)2014 Random House Audio
The series is interesting and the time period and history described makes for a good read.
I like the author but some else needs to narrate.
Her cadence and breathy deliver is hard to listen to. There are emphasis where there shouldn't be and her raspy whispery voice is annoying.
Waste of time
This book is basically about Maggie working through her issues so she can go do spy work again. I felt like this could have been condensed into a couple chapters at most and then get on with the story.
I've really enjoyed the series so far. I was looking forward to this book, but was disappointed because the whole book felt like an interlude between stories rather than a story in itself. I kept waiting for the story to pick up speed, by the time it started gaining momentum it was over.
slow story line, slow reading, slow developing the story line. just hated the section on Clara's mother - really? just not as exciting as the other books by far. was a dialed in story, dialed in performance. will give serious thought before purchasing the next one, maybe borrow from the local library instead. oh and let me add boringly slow.
Long dragged out conversations that appear to be US and British hate-baiting. Listened for over 2 hours of the nice hour book and and never found out what the mystery was. Depression and anger run rampant
Quit writing made up conversations that last 30 minutes about philosophy (Churchhill rants on and on )
Could not find a favorite scene because I could not tolerate listening for HOURS with out a story to follow.
This was a transition story. By the time things finally got interesting, the book ended. I'm looking forward to the next in the series because I hope MacNeal has all her characters back where she wants them.
A different narrator. Her style is breathless and bumpy.
Yes, of course. We need to see Maggie in the US, find out what path her mother follows, and see how her half sister gets released from Germany.
Susan has a lovely tone and accent, but gets caught in a cadence that becomes more noticeable than the story. It is very disappointing, as the stories are exceptionally well written and the narration does not do the action any justice. As much as I like the stories, I find myself gritting my teeth while listening.
Despite the narration, I love the suspenseful storyline, and would consider buying the hard copy for my library.
I found the narrator's voice really grating. Her Churchill voice and German accent were both heavy-handed and dreadful. I guess imitating Churchill's blustery style and a German accent are more "authentic" but I don't want them blasting away in my head
I like Maggie, of course.
I think this series has more life in it.
I love the historical setting. I'm looking forward to the next one with Mrs. Roosevelt. Of course, I'll be reading the hard copy!
Hmmm...I give this a 2.5. I like the characters but I was hoping for a resolution to threads. I felt this book was just taking us from the last book to the next with no real story. Sure, the secret disease could be considered a "mystery" that Maggie had to solve but it was pretty much unsatisfying. I have to admit I like Hugh. I hope we hear more about him.
Oh, and I'm annoyed by blatant errors. In one scene "... a sailor - a private-..." is introduced. There ARE no privates in the Navy. I have a tendency to question other research when I see something like this. Maybe I'm hypercritical in this regard. Frankly, I was disappointed by this minor slip.
The narrator is still annoying. I have listened to other books that she's read (other authors' books) and she's been quite good. I really don't like the way she portrays Maggie especially.
I will read subsequent books because I care about what happens to the characters. I wish the author and/or editors would tighten things up a bit.
This book came highly recommended, but was ultimately a disappointment.
I wish I'd read the reviews because this reader nearly had me giving up after 1/2 hour! Her inflection is puzzling & incredibly annoying, and Maggie is voiced like a 12-yo? I was thankful the final 1/3 or so had little narration, because at least the dialog was less grating.
I'm a big fan of Her Spyness (whose reader is stellar!) & enjoy Maisie Dobbs, so the concept is cool but poorly executed, and barely fulfills its title.
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