Mr. Churchill's Secretary - Susan Elia MacNeal
Author: Susan Elia MacNeal
Pages (File size): 384 pages (2278KB)
Challenges: E-Book, Historical Fiction
Genre: Mystery, Historical Ficiton
Description: London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and remarkable gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined—and opportunities she will not let pass. In troubled, deadly times, with air-raid sirens sending multitudes underground, access to the War Rooms also exposes Maggie to the machinations of a menacing faction determined to do whatever it takes to change the course of history.
Ensnared in a web of spies, murder, and intrigue, Maggie must work quickly to balance her duty to King and Country with her chances for survival. And when she unravels a mystery that points toward her own family’s hidden secrets, she’ll discover that her quick wits are all that stand between an assassin’s murderous plan and Churchill himself. (via Goodreads)
Thoughts: I read this book while I was reading some fairly dense books and it was nice to read something that was lighter than my usual fair and I quite enjoyed it. There was nothing really earth shattering about this book, as it seemed to be something that is not really meant for any sort of in-depth analysis of. I certainly thought of the British TV series The Bletchley Circle while reading the book at times.
Bottom line: I enjoyed the book and it only took me a few days to read and would recommend it to those that enjoy cozy mysteries or just need something to get off the reading schnid.
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