Book review: 'Princess Elizabeth's Spy' by Susan Elia Macneal

“Princess Elizabeth's Spy” (A Maggie Hope Mystery), (Bantam Books - $15.00) features secret agent Maggie Hope, the character introduced in “Churchill's Secretary”, by author Susan Elia Macneal.
BY BETTY LYTLE Published: February 17, 2013
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“Princess Elizabeth's Spy” (Bantam Books, $15) features secret agent Maggie Hope, the character introduced in “Churchill's Secretary,” part of the Maggie Hope Mystery series by author Susan Elia Macneal.

World War II is sweeping the continent. Maggie, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to be a spy for British intelligence. She is skilled in code-breaking and mathematics and expects an assignment of breaking codes and parachuting behind enemy lines.

Instead, she is ordered to Windsor Castle to act as bodyguard to Princess Elizabeth. She will pose as a math tutor while overseeing the safety of Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret.

As London is bombarded every night by the German Luftwaffe, Windsor is the scene of a shocking murder, which draws Maggie into a vast conspiracy that places the royal family in danger.

As she attempts to save the nation, she discovers personal information that changes her whole frame of reference about her own family. Maggie faces the challenges of pursuing a career in espionage when few women were doing so. She holds her own quite nicely.

— Betty Lytle