Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Review: His Majesty's Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal

Title: His Majesty's Hope
Author: Susan Elia MacNeal
Publisher: Bantam (2013), Paperback, 368 pages
Genre: Mystery, government spying
Subject:  World War II spies
Setting: England, Germany
Series: Maggie Hope #3
Source: Early Review program on LibraryThing.com
Why did I read this book now? I enjoy the series and promised a review in return for a free book.

This series continues to delight me.  Maggie Hope is gradually moving up in the spy world.  She's gone from being Churchill's personal secretary to being a maths tutor/bodyguard for Princess Elizabeth at Windsor Castle (books 1 and 2 in the series).   And gradually the author is revealing little tidbits of information that make us wonder how much of her promotion is fortuitous or how much is part of a very well-thought out plan by the government to let Maggie think she's calling the shots.

In this installment, Maggie has completed her training to be parachuted into Germany where she is expected to plant a secret radio transmitter in the office of one of Germany's top agents (who just Happens to Be Maggie's long presumed dead mother).  While there, unplanned opportunities pop-up, and Maggie is faced with a decision whether to improvise, or stay strictly with the original plan.

As usual our fearless wonder-girl leads everyone on a merry chase, manages to get into and out of all kinds of trouble, and I won't spoil your enjoyment by revealing whether at the end we leave her dangling, captured or dead, or she returns to embark on another adventure (er....mission.)

The historical setting and facts sprinkled throughout this one are fascinating.  MacNeal has certainly done her research and manages to weave a good deal of history into a fun piece of fiction.   If you've read the first two, you'll love this one.  I'd suggest reading at least the second book before you read this one, but even if not, it will still be an enjoyable read.

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to read this! Glad you're still loving this series.


Welcome, thanks for stopping by. Now that you've heard our two cents, perhaps you have a few pennies to throw into the discussion. Due to a bunch more anonymous spam getting through, I've had to disallow anonymous comments. I try to respond to all comments posing a question, but may not always get to you right away.