NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In this riveting mystery fromSusan Elia MacNeal, England s most daring spy, Maggie Hope, travels across the pond to America, where a looming scandal poses a grave threat to the White House and the Allied cause.Read more...
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In this riveting mystery fromSusan Elia MacNeal, England s most daring spy, Maggie Hope, travels across the pond to America, where a looming scandal poses a grave threat to the White House and the Allied cause.
December 1941. Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C., along with special agent Maggie Hope. Posing as his typist, she is accompanying the prime minister as he meets with President Roosevelt to negotiate the United States entry into World War II. When one of the First Lady s aides is mysteriously murdered, Maggie is quickly drawn into Mrs. Roosevelt s inner circle as ER herself is implicated in the crime. Maggie knows she must keep the investigation quiet, so she employs her unparalleled skills at code breaking and espionage to figure out who would target Mrs. Roosevelt, and why. What Maggie uncovers is a shocking conspiracy that could jeopardize American support for the war and leave the fate of the world hanging dangerously in the balance.
Praise for Mrs. Roosevelt s Confidante
MacNeal paints an engrossing portrait of a country on the verge of war, with many laws suspended and prejudice rife a world not that much different from today. Kirkus Reviews
MacNeal s fifth Maggie Hope mystery is another solidly researched entry with the indomitable Maggie in top form. Booklist
Another winner filled both with fact and marvelous fiction . . . Maggie is a wonderful character with the strength and determination, as well as intelligence, to make her a resourceful spy. RT Book Reviews
MacNeal s images and characters are true to the time, and the resonance of several of the subplots with current events deepen the impact of the tale; MacNeal is to be commended for her skillful weaving of racial and gender issues into an already complex political picture. . . . There s a tremendous amount of world and U.S. history in this delightful volume. Historical Novels Review
Addictive . . . MacNeal] paints convincing portraitures of the Roosevelts and other real-life historical figures. . . . The author continues to tackle heady issues while giving us a beloved heroine to root for. Wrought with peril and tension and extraordinarily rich in detail and research, Hope s latest adventure will not disappoint fans of the series. Fredericksburg Free Lance Star
Praise for the bestselling Maggie Hope mysteries
You ll be Maggie Hope s] loyal subject, ready to follow her wherever she goes. O: The Oprah Magazine
A] stellar series. Minneapolis Star Tribune
A treat for WWII buffs and mystery lovers alike. Booklist
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-09-07
- Reviewer: Staff
MacNeals enthralling fifth Maggie Hope mystery (after The Prime Ministers Secret Agent) takes the American-born British spy to Washington, D.C., in the company of Winston Churchill, posing as his typist, for a meeting with F.D.R. just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. When Eleanor Roosevelts temporary secretary, Blanche Balfour, fails to show up for work, Maggie winds up accompanying the First Lady to Blanches apartment, where they discover her body and a note implicating Eleanor Roosevelt herself as the reason for her (apparent) suicide. Not only does Maggie try to prevent a scandal that has implications for the presidency and the war, she also assists in the First Ladys efforts to help Wendell Cotton, a poor African-American sentenced to die by an all-white Virginia jury. While Maggie is the star, MacNeal gives ample space to the political maneuverings of Roosevelt and Churchill. Cameo appearances by such historical figures as Martha Gellhorn, C.S. Forester, and Walt Disney add to the fun. Agent: Victoria Skurnick, Levine Greenberg Literary. (Nov.)