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The King's Justice

A Maggie Hope Mystery
Narrated by: Susan Duerden
Series: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 9
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Can a stolen violin lead secret agent and spy Maggie Hope to a new serial killer terrorizing London? Find out as the acclaimed World War II mystery series from New York Times best-selling author Susan Elia MacNeal continues.

“A wartime mystery to sink your teeth into.” (Kate Quinn, New York Times best-selling author of The Huntress)

Maggie Hope started out as Winston Churchill's secretary, but now she's a secret agent - and the only one who can figure out how the missing violin ties into a series of horrifying murders. 

London, December 1943. As the Russian army repels German forces from Stalingrad, Maggie Hope takes a much-needed break from spying to defuse bombs in London. But Maggie herself is an explosion waiting to happen. Traumatized by her past, she finds herself living dangerously - taking huge risks, smoking, drinking, and speeding through the city streets on a motorbike. The last thing she wants is to get entangled in another crime.

But when she’s called upon to look into the theft of a Stradivarius, one of the finest violins ever made, Maggie can't resist. Meanwhile, there’s a serial killer on the loose in London, targeting conscientious objectors. Little does Maggie know that investigating this dangerous predator will pit her against a new evil - and old enemies. Only Maggie can uncover the connection between the robbery, the murders, and a link to her own past.

©2020 Susan Elia MacNeal (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“How far can a multitalented woman be pushed before she breaks? British-born, American-raised Maggie Hope has held an amazing series of jobs since moving to war-torn London. She's worked for Winston Churchill, traveled as a spy to Berlin and Paris, and escaped from a Scottish island where someone has been killing exiled Special Operations Executive agents. . . . And she's [now] faced with a new serial murder case when suitcases filled with bones turn up in the Thames. . . . A bit of code-breaking and some deeper insight into Reitter break open the case but put Maggie in the killer's crosshairs. Action-packed, intertwined mysteries featuring an introspective heroine and packed with little-known historical details.” (Kirkus Reviews

“Vivid descriptions of devastated London and distinctive, emotionally flawed characters enhance a plot that builds to a wicked twist. This enjoyable effort will inspire those new to MacNeal to seek out earlier entries.” (Publishers Weekly)

“I have read and loved every single one of the Maggie Hope mysteries. In her ninth, The King’s Justice, Susan Elia MacNeal raises the bar. Maggie faces old enemies, new killers, and her personal demons - not to mention unexploded ordinance - with an extra helping of her own special brand of derring-do. Longtime readers will be richly rewarded and first-timers will be made instant fans by this taut, breathtaking, and authentic read.” (Pam Jenoff, New York Times best-selling author of The Lost Girls of Paris

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  • Dr Dina
  • 23-03-2020

Very disappointing!

In the last two books, Maggie Hope has become increasingly obnoxious. She stomps on anyone’s spiritual beliefs with an air of superiority because she’s a mathematician. She’s always bossing everyone around (completely unrealistic that men would just hop to and obey her in the 1940s - they wouldn’t do it now). Too 21st century in her morality and the long sermonising! Ugh! Susan Duerden did a great job with bad material. Cannot recommend at all!

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  • Ralph's mother
  • 05-03-2020

Another good read by Susan Elia Mcneil

Fast paced, rich characters with solid environmental picture of the world in which the story occurs. I like her writing. She doesn’t skimp on violence and she gives her characters depth with which the reader can connect.

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  • Joe Hoover
  • 03-03-2020

What was this?

Quoting Nietsche several times is never a good idea in a murder mystery. This could have been a good book except for the authors highly opinionated opinions. I guess the author subscribes to the David Brinkley philosophy that everyone is entitled to his opinions.

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  • Susan
  • 01-03-2020

Prefer mysteries without sermons

While I enjoy mysteries rich in historical detail, this outing by MacNeal felt more pedantic/heavy-handed than others--even to the point of having Maggie go to the library as an excuse for encyclopedic listings of past serial killers, or using an anachronistic "Book Club" to discuss gender bias in duMaurier. Ditto anachronistic tone to all the death-penalty-right-or-wrong philosophizing. Performance was solid, but marred by occasional places where narrator missed clear word of emphasis to clarify meaning. Can only hope that next outing (evidently to be set in Hollywood?!?) doesn't fall into similar rants about Disney's role in wartime propaganda.

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  • Deborah Greenlee
  • 22-05-2020

Entertaining to the end


I very much enjoyed the book. it kept me intreged the entire time and didn't figure out the ending so I stayed inyrested and invested the entire time. Highly recommend this book as pure entertainment.

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  • Mary Crews
  • 12-04-2020

Disappointed

This book was nothing that I expected it to be. I didnt even finish it.

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  • Gary L. Richardson
  • 10-04-2020

Not Sure Where This Is Going

This series started with great promise. Spy’s, Nazi’s et al. With a war raging, the Maggie Hope character has degenerated into a crime fighter that has nothing to do with being a spy. This installment was, for the most part, boring and predictable. It sets up the next installment to be much the same. I don’t understand why the author thinks this is a good direction. If the next installment is this bad, I may have to give up on Maggie. Let’s get back to the war and the spy business...

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  • Maddy Avena
  • 04-04-2020

Perfect for the self-isolating covid crisis

For anyone who feels cooped up or angry about having to physically distance from other people, maybe lost your job and feel uneasy about the future this book really helped me put things in perspective.
The English were weary in 1943. There had already been so much loss and privation. With that as the backdrop the grimmest of all the Maggie Hope stories unfolds. Grim because Maggie’s own state is a reflection of the story’s backdrop.
I enjoyed it thoroughly and cried a little when it was done. Also hopeful for the next installment.
Truly, friends, perspective really helps. Stay strong. Dream, imagine, read. We will get through this. ♥️

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  • Judi Jordan
  • 28-03-2020

I usually love the Maggie Hope mysteries ...

But this one drags on- Maggie is in a funk, so all the reasons for enjoying a light, easy mystery are gone,then the story morphs into a “ Silence of the Lambs” sequence. Don’t waste your money.

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  • Kriston
  • 26-03-2020

Not as good as all previous books in this series

When you read about a heroine you have become attached to you understand that they should evolve. However! Maggie became a neurotic, petulant, self absorbed mess. Most readers do not want to see their heroins devolve into a messy puddle of emotional goo.