Princess Elizabeth’s Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery

Title: Princess Elizabeth’s Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery
Writers : Susan Elia MacNeal
Published: 2012
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 3 on 5

Princess Elizabeth’s Spy is set in the World War 2 era, where the Germans are plotting the King’s assassination. Suspicions are rife that Germans are even planning to kidnap Princess Elizabeth so as to deprive England of an heir and then plant the friendly Duke in the King’s place. With this information in hand, the MI-5 plans to install Maggie Hope, a mathematician and a close aide of Churchill, at the castle to safeguard the Princess.

Unlike the usual war novels, where the lead is a typical strong and independent male, Maggie Hope comes across as a breath of fresh air. With her strengths and limitations, she feels more human as an MI-5 agent. The story moves quickly and there are a lot of twists and turns in the tale. Some incidents do make you wonder what are the odds of that happening, if not for giving our Maggie an upper hand in solving the crime, but fortunately such incidents are not too many. The climax especially was so silly, that it is very clear it was written for the sole reason to have our heroine in the scene to take the credit. I wish the author had come up with plausible reasons. And also not to offer the case on a platter and make it atleast a tiny bit harder for Maggie to solve the crime. This was not a typical ‘sit on your edge and wonder who the killer is’ mystery novel. The plot is fabulous, so the author could have done a better job keeping up the anticipation and mystery.

Even though this is not the first Maggie Hope book, this can still be read independently. There are references to some names and incidents of the first book, but those in no way diminish the reading experience.

I read this on my tiny Samsung Galaxy S3 and was pleasantly surprised with the experience. It was easier to hold the phone and read in bed. Moon+ Reader is a great ebook reading app for Android and I am even thinking of investing in the Pro version.


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