Mr. Churchill's Secretary

Mr. Churchill's Secretary

Large Print - 2013
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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, yet her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. But working for the prime minister affords her a lot of access, and Maggie is soon ensnared in a web of spies, intrigue--and an assassin's murderous plan.
Publisher: Detroit : Kennebec Large Print, 2013
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781410457516
Characteristics: 517 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number: LT MACNEAL, S


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Sep 25, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. was very easy to follow right from the start, the charactors well displayed and thought out.
this book was very addictive to me i read it in one day ..

Aug 10, 2018

Someone told me that I would like this book because I was enjoying the Maisie Dobbs series. I read about a third of this, and then stopped in disgust. I'd been hoping for historical accuracy plus a compelling story, and found neither. Instead I thought it was amateuish and shallow.

Jun 29, 2018

Didn't like it. Someone posted about small historical errors in this novel. I agree, there are plenty. Transatlantic phone calls is one. I think the reason given why Neville Chamberlain stepped down is also inaccurate, but not sure. And the shifts between characters felt forced and clumsy.

Mary Donovan
Jun 04, 2018

Series of Maggie hope mysteries - this is the first

JessicaGma Mar 07, 2018

A fun romp with a heck of a lot of characters that gets a bit confusing at times, this is a solid historic murder mystery, or as I have heard it phrased, "a story set in wartime where people have romantical problems". Maggie Hope is a math genius who gets to work for Churchill, but ends up doing much more. If you like Masie Dobbs, or a Rhys Bowen mystery, you'll like this.

Mar 26, 2016

A solid historical mystery set in London during WWII. The setting is believable and the plot is exciting enough to keep the reader engaged. A word of warning: any German used in the story must have come from Google Translate or something worse and makes no sense whatsoever.

Nov 11, 2014

Disappointing with very many small historical errors, including easy Trans-Atlantic phone calls!
Overall poorly done

Mar 10, 2014

Great first book in a series. Loved the history and the characters.

Jul 13, 2013

I liked this first Maggie Hope book. The story is interesting and though fiction takes place during WWII with true settings. Its an enjoyable read with surpises that I didn't see coming.

BPLNextBestAdults May 22, 2013

This is an exciting, well researched blend of fact and fiction during WW11. Hope, in wartime London during the blackouts, raids and bombings was exactly what Churchill needed in order to outwit the Nazi's. The murder of Churchill's secretary opened the door for Maggie Hope, a British citizen who was raised in America and eager to help the war effort. She was hired to type TOP SECRET files for Mr. Churchill. Her degree in advanced mathematics, and fluency in both French and German helped her become an essential part of Churchill's team. In spite of what the elite male Oxford/Cambridge private assistants thought of her "atrocious American accent", Maggie dealt with double agents, espionage, German codes and assassination plots. She encountered grave personal danger but her courage attracted the attentions of the prestigious MI-5. As Churchill said to Maggie, KPO-Keep Plodding On. Susan Elia MacNeal has created a heroine who will do just that. Reviewed by ML

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