• The Prisoner in the Castle

  • A Maggie Hope Mystery
  • By: Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (503 ratings)

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The Prisoner in the Castle

By: Susan Elia MacNeal
Narrated by: Susan Duerden
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Publisher's summary

A series of baffling murders among a group of imprisoned agents threatens the outcome of World War II in this chilling mystery from the New York Times best-selling author of Mr. Churchill’s Secretary.

November, 1942. World War II is raging, and former spy Maggie Hope knows too much: what the British government is willing to do to keep its secrets, who is lying, who the double-crossers are. She knows exactly who is sending agents to their deaths. These are the reasons Maggie is isolated on a remote Scottish island, in a prison known as Killoch Castle.

When one of her fellow inmates drops dead in the middle of his after-dinner drink - he’s only the first. As victims fall one by one, Maggie will have to call upon all her wits and skills to escape - not just certain death...but certain murder.

For what’s the most important thing Maggie Hope knows?

She must survive.

Praise for The Prisoner in the Castle:

“The colonel sums it up best on page 10: ‘If you take a pretty girl and teach her how to kill, it can cause problems.’ Not just problems - electrifying action and nonstop surprises. I loved this book!” (R. L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series)

"One pleasure of a mystery series is connecting with a character that changes and grows with each novel.... Maggie's intelligence and loyalty to the war effort continue to evolve in [Susan Elia] MacNeal's series.... Solid twists keep the plot of The Prisoner in the Castle churning until the surprise finale." (Associated Press)

"Evocative." (Publishers Weekly)

©2018 Susan Elia MacNeal (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"Another literary tour de force... From the book's perfectly calibrated plot to its incisively etched characters, everything is handled with perfect finesse by the author." (Poisoned Pen Newsletter)

"A mystery...tailor-made for readers in the post-election, #MeToo era.... If you love a tricky puzzle that requires you to keep track of multiple alibis over time, this is your summer read." (The Washington Post)

"MacNeal uses [Agatha] Christie's And Then There Were None as a framework for a character-driven mystery/thriller that successfully emulates the original." (Kirkus Reviews)

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