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The Prime Minister's Secret Agent (Maggie Hope) (vuoden 2014 painos)

– tekijä: Susan Elia MacNeal (Tekijä)

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For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Charles Todd, and Anne Perry, The Prime Minister's Secret Agent is a gripping new mystery featuring intrepid spy and code breaker Maggie Hope. And this time, the fallout of a deadly plot comes straight to her own front door. World War II rages on across Europe, but Maggie Hope has finally found a moment of rest on the pastoral coast of western Scotland. Home from an undercover mission in Berlin, she settles down to teach at her old spy training camp, and to heal from scars on both her body and heart. Yet instead of enjoying the quieter pace of life, Maggie is quickly drawn into another web of danger and intrigue. When three ballerinas fall strangely ill in Glasgow'including one of Maggie's dearest friends'Maggie partners with MI-5 to uncover the truth behind their unusual symptoms. What she finds points to a series of poisonings that may expose shocking government secrets and put countless British lives at stake. But it's the fight brewing in the Pacific that will forever change the course of the war'and indelibly shape Maggie's fate. Praise for Susan Elia MacNeal's Maggie Hope mysteries "You'll be [Maggie Hope's] loyal subject, ready to follow her wherever she goes."'O: The Oprah Magazine "A heart-pounding novel peopled with fully drawn real and fictional characters . . . provides the thrills that readers have come to expect from MacNeal."'Richmond Times-Dispatch, on His Majesty's Hope "With false starts, double agents, and red herrings . . . MacNeal provides a vivid view of life both above and below stairs at Windsor Castle."'Publishers Weekly, on Princess Elizabeth's Spy.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Prime Minister's Secret Agent (Maggie Hope)
Kirjailijat:Susan Elia MacNeal (Tekijä)
Info:Bantam (2014), Edition: First Edition, 306 pages
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When your protagonist is a badass spy who manages to make her way through high society Berlin during the war and brings back one of the most notorious German spies, you tend to expect so much more from her next adventure. And that’s why this book failed the expectations game, at least for me.

Maggie has returned to Scotland as an SOE instructor and is seemingly suffering from PTSD after having killed a man in self-defense. She is hard on her trainees but it’s understandable because she just wants them to be tougher. When she travels to Edinburgh to watch Susan’s play, she finds that two women are killed and Susan is critical. Her investigation into this and the catching of the culprit takes just a few chapters and it was so quick, I thought how was this even possible. Wasn’t this the plot of the book, at least according to the blurb. Most of the remaining book deals with the circumstances preceding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. There was also another plot line of Clara Hess imprisoned in the Tower of London, her regression and some insight into her past.

I read these books because I like Maggie. That’s also the reason I was disappointed here – there was so much less of her. The murders were hardly a mystery and I felt they were not up to Maggie’s standards. The mystery should at least be complicated enough for her to deploy her skills. The plot dealing with the Pearl Harbor attack is fiction of course, but it did make for an interesting perspective of how the imminent attack was planned and the intelligence failures that prevented from anticipating it. I was a bit confused about the whole Clara story and it didn’t make me feel any sympathetic towards her. On the whole, this book wasn’t bad, just not enough. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Maggie is back in England after her escape from Berlin, via Switzerland, trying to escape the depression that has grabbed her due to the people killed during her Berlin mission and her breakup with John Stirling who was rescued from Berlin. She goes to the coast of Scotland to become a trainer in one of SOE's training camps. While there she adopts a cat, Mr. K, and investigates and solves the murder of a ballerina of the Satler-Wells Ballet performing in Edinburgh due to anthrax. Sarah Sanderson becomes collateral damage and almost dies. ( )
  baughga | Jan 9, 2021 |
Maggie (A British WWII Spy) is recovering and retraining in Scotland when 3 ballerinas fall deathly ill in Glasgow.... They have the same symptoms of a dead sheep that Maggie found washed up on the beach....

Interesting look at chemical warfare, spies, covert government operations...

The story was interesting and the characters realistic ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Apr 5, 2017 |
2014, Random House Audio, Read by Susan Duerden

Publisher’s Summary: adapted from Audible.com
WWII rages on across Europe, but Maggie Hope has finally found a moment of rest on the pastoral coast of western Scotland, where she settles down to teach at her old spy training camp – and to heal following her undercover mission in Berlin. But Maggie is quickly drawn into another web of danger and intrigue when three ballerinas fall strangely ill in Glasgow – including one of her dearest friends. Maggie partners with MI-5 to uncover the truth behind their unusual symptoms. What she finds points to a series of poisonings that may expose shocking government secrets and put countless British lives at stake. But it's the fight brewing in the Pacific that will forever change the course of the war – and indelibly shape Maggie's fate.

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It took a while, but I’m now completely endeared to and engaged in this series. [The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent] was thoroughly enjoyable. I was intrigued by the mystery of biological warfare, evidence of which Maggie first discovers on a deep sheep by the seaside. The fight brewing in the Pacific is, of course, Pearl Harbor. I thought MacNeal did a superb job of presenting the events leading up to this disaster – of the decision on the part of the Japanese, the intelligence that suggested the imminence of such an attack, and of the global implications of the Americans’ decision to join WWII. I’ve been remiss in mentioning previously that Susan Duerden is a fine narrator, and a perfect fit for the Maggie Hope series. ( )
  lit_chick | Feb 3, 2017 |
I have read the three previous installments and really enjoyed them, so I was very much looking forward to reading this one.
It was a bit disappointing and I'm trying to pinpoint why that the case. Maybe it was a bit too dark? Maggie is feeling the stresses of war intensely in the first half of the story, and I found myself struggling to stay with it, but once she was had a mission to work on and she rose above her demons the story improved as well.

It's a great series and I look forward to #5! ( )
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
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For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Charles Todd, and Anne Perry, The Prime Minister's Secret Agent is a gripping new mystery featuring intrepid spy and code breaker Maggie Hope. And this time, the fallout of a deadly plot comes straight to her own front door. World War II rages on across Europe, but Maggie Hope has finally found a moment of rest on the pastoral coast of western Scotland. Home from an undercover mission in Berlin, she settles down to teach at her old spy training camp, and to heal from scars on both her body and heart. Yet instead of enjoying the quieter pace of life, Maggie is quickly drawn into another web of danger and intrigue. When three ballerinas fall strangely ill in Glasgow'including one of Maggie's dearest friends'Maggie partners with MI-5 to uncover the truth behind their unusual symptoms. What she finds points to a series of poisonings that may expose shocking government secrets and put countless British lives at stake. But it's the fight brewing in the Pacific that will forever change the course of the war'and indelibly shape Maggie's fate. Praise for Susan Elia MacNeal's Maggie Hope mysteries "You'll be [Maggie Hope's] loyal subject, ready to follow her wherever she goes."'O: The Oprah Magazine "A heart-pounding novel peopled with fully drawn real and fictional characters . . . provides the thrills that readers have come to expect from MacNeal."'Richmond Times-Dispatch, on His Majesty's Hope "With false starts, double agents, and red herrings . . . MacNeal provides a vivid view of life both above and below stairs at Windsor Castle."'Publishers Weekly, on Princess Elizabeth's Spy.

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