Spy and code breaker extraordinaire Maggie Hope returns to war-weary London, where she is thrust into the dangerous hunt for a monster as the New York Times best-selling mystery series for fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Charles Todd, and Anne Perry continues.
England, 1942. The Nazis' relentless Blitz may have paused, but London's nightly blackouts continue. Now, under the cover of darkness, a madman is brutally killing and mutilating young women in eerie and exact re-creations of Jack the Ripper's crimes. What's more, he's targeting women who are reporting for duty to be Winston Churchill's spies and saboteurs abroad.
The officers at MI5 quickly realize they need the help of Special Agent Maggie Hope to find the killer dubbed "the Blackout Beast". A trap is set. But once the murderer has his sights on Maggie, not even Buckingham Palace can protect the resourceful spy from her fate.
©2016 Susan Elia MacNeal (P)2016 Random House Audio
Teacher-Librarian, an a avid audible listener:)
The reader is terrible!! I love these books but could not remember why I only listened to the first one and read the rest myself. I purchased the latest and listened for 5 minutes and remembered why I read the rest myself. She does great voices but the rest is so sing songy I could not take it!!
This would have warranted a higher rating but for the narration. It spoils the book which is a shame for the author's hard work.
The story itself, in spite of a few negatives, is my favorite of the series so far. It was interesting with several plot lines (not all of which were resolved) and returning characters. The plight of women at the time was laid on a bit thick. I understand the importance of highlighting what women had to endure and I'm as feminist as can be, but I think there was a bit of overkill.
There were a few "I'm going to have nightmares" tense moments. I found the final confrontation scenes confusing with the hallucinations. All that being said, I found the book entertaining. I'm not a fan of cliffhangers but it's the author's style. I'll buy the next book but maybe not the audio version.
First, the reader has an annoying sing-song deliver that absolutely detracts & actually diminishes the story in places. This story sets Maggie up as too single-handed a heroine. And it's a bloody awful story - literally- about violence against women. Quite a slog.
I loved the setting and the story line in the early books, but with this book the extensive violence, dark tangents, and foul language has gone too far. I'm sorry to see the author chose to take a worthwhile topic of women's rights and this fascinating historic setting to a level I don't want to read. No longer recommend.
Thank heavens Maggie Hope is back in England. Her last outing--a trip to America in Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante--was dismal. But back on English soil, Maggie is in top form. With historical throwbacks and "modern" issues as sub plots, a possible new romantic interest, and even a red herring lead or two, The Queen's Accomplice is a great read. Long Live the English Murder Mystery!
I continue to listen to books in this series because I love historical fiction. This one hammered home the mistreatment of women in a far from subtle way which got quite old after awhile. Easy to determine who the culprit was as well. And I really dislike the speaking style of the narrator.
All that said, I will probably return for the next one because, in spite of everything, I care about the characters.
"Good if slightly stereotyped wartime mystery"
Like the previous Maggie Hope mysteries, this is an enjoyable, easy listen. The plot smartly entwines several different strands, all set in 1940s London. As such the story is held back a little by trying to enforce its historical setting a little too much, and is certainly not the most realistic of books- but if you enjoy a good crime novel which follows the path of Agatha Christie this is probably for you.
One thing that really irritated me was the narrator's attempts at various accents. This is probably just a personal preference, but I found her attempt at a Scottish accents particularly inaccurate and annoying- and unfortunately one of the main characters is Scottish. This definitely detracted from the enjoyment of listening, though did not stop me finishing the book- so don't let that put you off unless you are particularly sensitive to accents!
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