Publisher's Note:  

Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain’s beloved royals against an international plot—one that could change the course of history.
As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5. Spirited, strong-willed, and possessing one of the sharpest minds in government for mathematics and code-breaking, she fully expects to be sent abroad to gather intelligence for the British front. Instead, to her great disappointment, she is dispatched to go undercover at Windsor Castle, where she will tutor the young Princess Elizabeth in math. Yet castle life quickly proves more dangerous—and deadly—than Maggie ever expected. The upstairs-downstairs world at Windsor is thrown into disarray by a shocking murder, which draws Maggie into a vast conspiracy that places the entire royal family in peril. And as she races to save England from a most disturbing fate, Maggie realizes that a quick wit is her best defense, and that the smallest clues can unravel the biggest secrets, even within her own family.

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Princess Elizabeth's Spy

by Susan Elia MacNeal

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The marvelous Maggie Hope is back in Susan Elia MacNeal's second novel, Princess Elizabeth's Spy. Brilliant and beautiful, with a knack for solving mysteries, Maggie is tasked with a new assignment -- keeping Princess Elizabeth safe during the war's destruction and drama. MacNeal effortlessly weaves fictitious and real characters into this lively and adventure-packed tale. I loved the backed-by-research depiction of Princess Elizabeth (now the Queen of England) and what life was like for a royal during wartime. The novel's gripping plot and multiple story-lines cleverly converge, keeping readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page. Princess Elizabeth's Spy is a delightful, entertaining read and comes with a sneak peak into Maggie's next adventure, His Majesty's Hope!

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Profanity/Language: 9 religious exclamations, 21 mild obscenities, 6 religious profanities, 6 derogatory names, 1 scatological word, 3 anatomical terms and 3 f-word derivatives.


Violence/Gore: Several secondhand reports of violence involving World War II bombings, car accidents, plane crashes, a beheading, and murder; violence occurred when characters were slapped, shot in the thigh, kneed, shot or involved in a fistfight; in scenes of non-detailed, violent death, several characters are shot and another commits suicide by drowning.


Sex/Nudity: A few incidents of kissing; a character is nude while bathing; several sexual references and implied or reported accounts of sexual activity occur; a brief scene of nudity with sexual innuendo takes place.

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War, murder, espionage, death, betrayal.

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Characters frequently drink and smoke.

Reviewed By Rachel
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