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Mr. Churchill's Secretary
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Susan Elia MacNeal is the Barry Award-winning and Edgar, Dilys, and Macavity Award-nominated author of the Maggie Hope mysteries, including Mr. Churchill's Secretary, Princess Elizabeth's Spy, His Majesty's Hope, and The Prime Minister's Secret Agent. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and child.

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Advance praise for Mr. Churchill's Secretary "This wonderful debut is intelligent, richly detailed, and filled with suspense."--Stefanie Pintoff "A terrific read . . . Chock full of fascinating period details and real people including Winston Churchill, MacNeal's fast-paced thriller gives a glimpse of the struggles, tensions, and dangers of life on the home front during World War II."--Rhys Bowen, author of Royal Blood and winner of the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards "Think early Ken Follett, amp it up with a whipsmart young American not averse to red lipstick and vintage cocktails, season it with espionage during the London Blitz, and you've got a heart-pounding, atmospheric debut. I loved it."--Cara Black, author of Murder in Passy "England in 1940 is the perfect backdrop for a courageous young woman who outwits the enemy. A vivid tapestry of wartime London."--Carolyn Hart, author of Escape from Paris "An engrossing page-turner, with a delightful and spirited new heroine in the aptly named Maggie Hope."--C. C. Benison, author of Twelve Drummers Drumming

Set in 1940 London, this is the story of Maggie Hope, a transplanted American with British roots who finds herself qualified only to be a typist at 10 Downing Street, despite her having graduated at the top of her class with a mathematics degree. Maggie is promptly embroiled in a bit of espionage, but, despite her penchant for code breaking, her gender prescribes that she can only be Churchill's secretary. This is an interesting story for those who enjoy learning about London during World War II and its class and gender restrictions. VERDICT Donada Peters does an exceptional job of narrating and provides just the proper bit of British accent to make this story genuine. Recommended for mystery lovers who like more than a modicum of history. ["The appeal of real-life characters populating the story works well in this solid historical cozy debut. MacNeal squeezes in plenty of World War II facts but never slows the pace," read the review of the Bantam pb, LJ 2/1/12.-Ed.]-Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll.-Penn Valley Lib., Kansas City, MO (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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