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Mr. Churchill's Secretary

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For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, and Anne Perry, Mr. Churchill's Secretary captures the drama of an era of unprecedented challenge and the greatness that rose to meet it.London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and remarkable gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined and opportunities she will not let pass. In troubled, deadly times, with air-raid sirens sending multitudes underground, access to the War Rooms also exposes Maggie to the machinations of a menacing faction determined to do whatever it takes to change the course of history.Ensnared in a web of spies, murder, and intrigue, Maggie must work quickly to balance her duty to King and Country with her chances for survival. And when she unravels a mystery that points toward her own family's hidden secrets, she'll discover that her quick wits are all that stand between an assassin's murderous plan and Churchill himself.In this daring debut, Susan Elia MacNeal blends meticulous research on the era, psychological insight into Winston Churchill, and the creation of a riveting main character, Maggie Hope, into a spectacularly crafted novel.From the Trade Paperback edition.



  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary fails to give Winston Churchill the prominence he deserves, making him more of a background figure. The book seems to be targeted towards a younger audience, with a very casual writing style and a somewhat predictable plot. The main characters come across as one-dimensional and exaggerated. The author attempts to touch upon various social issues such as gender, terrorism, and WWII, but fails to delve deep into any of them. The depiction of the London bombings lacks the necessary impact, and the exploration of homosexuality is only briefly mentioned rather than fully explored. There are also references to Oscar Wilde that assume prior knowledge. Overall, purchasing this book was a regrettable decision. Even the second book in the series couldn't redeem the flaws of the first, leaving my wife unable to finish it due to its lack of believability and overall quality.
  • I'm a fan of English mystery novels and I was excited to dive into this one. Unfortunately, the pacing felt a bit off and the plot seemed contrived, which made it difficult for me to fully enjoy the book. It just didn't have that smooth, effortless flow that I look for in a good read.
  • "Maggie Hope is a refreshing addition to the genre of wartime mysteries featuring women. Born in Britain but raised by her aunt in America after her mother's tragic car accident and her father's mental decline, Maggie was on track to pursue a graduate degree at MIT. However, her plans take a detour when she returns to England to sell her family's ancestral home. Unfortunately, finding employment in England proves challenging due to the prevailing belief that women should be confined to the domestic sphere or relegated to support roles. Despite her reservations about a secretarial position at #10 Downing Street, Maggie is determined to do whatever it takes for her country. Her mundane job takes an unexpected turn when she decodes a covert message hidden in a newspaper. In a twist of fate, she is given the opportunity to replace Prime Minister Churchill's ailing secretary. From that point onwards, the pace intensifies as murders, spies, bombings, differing perspectives on Hitler, and the Irish IRA's resistance efforts keep everyone on edge, striving to maintain England's position in the war. What sets this book apart is the meticulous research that underpins the portrayal of women, spies, Churchill, and the art of decoding enemy messages. The author's attention to historical detail is truly outstanding. Additionally, the exploration of diverse relationships, along with the unveiling of family secrets, elevates the book above other popular World War II women-centric mysteries, such as Jacqueline Winspear's series. If you're a fan of this genre, the Maggie Hope series is a must-add to your reading list!"
  • Normally I love books that are set during WWII that have a good plot. That was the problem with this book, the plot stunk. It didn't transport me back in time. Perhaps it was written for a younger audience.