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.
©2014 Susan Elia MacNeal (P)2014 Random House Audio
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"The narration spoils the book"
The series is interesting and the time period and history described makes for a good read.
I like the author but some else needs to narrate.
Her cadence and breathy deliver is hard to listen to. There are emphasis where there shouldn't be and her raspy whispery voice is annoying.
Waste of time
This book is basically about Maggie working through her issues so she can go do spy work again. I felt like this could have been condensed into a couple chapters at most and then get on with the story.
I've really enjoyed the series so far. I was looking forward to this book, but was disappointed because the whole book felt like an interlude between stories rather than a story in itself. I kept waiting for the story to pick up speed, by the time it started gaining momentum it was over.
A different narrator. Her style is breathless and bumpy.
Yes, of course. We need to see Maggie in the US, find out what path her mother follows, and see how her half sister gets released from Germany.
slow story line, slow reading, slow developing the story line. just hated the section on Clara's mother - really? just not as exciting as the other books by far. was a dialed in story, dialed in performance. will give serious thought before purchasing the next one, maybe borrow from the local library instead. oh and let me add boringly slow.
Long dragged out conversations that appear to be US and British hate-baiting. Listened for over 2 hours of the nice hour book and and never found out what the mystery was. Depression and anger run rampant
Quit writing made up conversations that last 30 minutes about philosophy (Churchhill rants on and on )
Could not find a favorite scene because I could not tolerate listening for HOURS with out a story to follow.
"Love that Maggie"
I really have enjoyed the Maggie Hope mysteries. A great way to get a handle on the history of the world war era. The writing is great and the performance, other than all the shouting male voices, was quite wonderful. The cliff-hanger endings leave me wanting more.
"Author Mixes Her Genres"
The first two Maggie Hope Mysteries were lighter-style mysteries, which was exactly what I was looking for. I deal with serious human circumstances on a daily basis and like to listen to light mysteries in my car or while exercising. This book's blurb/description doesn't come close to describing the style of book that would follow....a narrative of the horrors of the Holocaust. After a couple years, I decided to give MacNeal another shot but, in Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante, the exact same thing happened....rather than a book about Eleanor Roosevelt and intrigue in the White House during World War II (as advertised), it became a book about racism in America;;;and, in my opinion, a POORLY researched one. I have read plenty of historical non-fiction on both of the subjects mentioned here, and I do not object to learning about these issues.. THE OBJECTION IS THAT YOU ADVERTISE THESE BOOKS AS ONE GENRE AND THE BOOKS ARE ABOUT SOMETHING DIFFERENT. MAKE UP YOUR MIND, MACNEAL and editors! Mixing your styles leaves no one satisfied nor better informed.
This is a great series - loved the first two books. This one was very good, but it seemed more like a set-up for the next installment. Character development was a little shallower, plot a little lighter, but it was still very good. The narration was EXCELLENT!
"Lackluster Story in Usually Good Series"
I have enjoyed these stories previously for the atmosphere of camaraderie among the young people doing espionage work during WWII and that is what I enjoyed about this book once it got going. I did not at all like the first part with the draconian Maggie; I understand the plot device, how she comes out of her depression but this first part seemed to drag. I also was disappointed in how Maggie, who is as a character written to be so smart didn't tumble to the black sores on her friends' bodies and their mysterious death being somehow related to the black sores she saw on a dead sheep early in the story There was also an odd interjection of she and her partner investigating the lab where Anthrax is being tested and they both pop a sugar cube they find on a table into their mouths. I did expect that they would start showing symptoms of Anthrax but no- no more mentioned. What was this about?
I would have shortened that first part in some way to show her depression and dispiritedness without having it take up so much of the story. I also would have eliminated that sugar cube incident-it added nothing to the narrative- maybe some tension was intended as we wondered if they would have contracted Anthrax? I would have had Maggie begin to have a glimmer of suspicion about symptoms being related between the sheep and people.
The narrator was extremely difficult to listen to; She narrated in three or four tones that never varied in their tone levels. It created a little tune that I found my self repeating in my head while listening. The male voices, no matter whom was represented had one voice- a raspy contralto. She did the female voices OK in dialogue but that repetitive inflection in ongoing narrative was hard to listen to.
Doubtful. There was not enough of a plot.
A different narrator is needed. I could not listen to another book narrated by Susan Duerden. Maybe the Maggie stories have run their course. They have for me.
"Definatly a transition story"
This was a transition story. By the time things finally got interesting, the book ended. I'm looking forward to the next in the series because I hope MacNeal has all her characters back where she wants them.
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