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Susan Elia MacNeal

Autor(a) de Mr. Churchill's Secretary

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About the Author

Susan Elia MacNeal graduated cum laude from Wellesley College, with departmental honors in English literature and credits from cross-registered classes at MIT. She attended the Radcliffe Publishing Course at Harvard University. She is the author of the Maggie Hope Mystery series. Her writing has mostrar mais been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Fodor's, Time Out New York, Time Out London, Publishers Weekly, Dance Magazine, and various publications of New York City Ballet. She's also the author of two non-fiction books and a professional editor. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Susan Elia MacNeal

Mr. Churchill's Secretary (2012) 1,513 exemplares
Princess Elizabeth's Spy (2012) 797 exemplares
His Majesty's Hope (2013) — Autor — 595 exemplares
Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante (2015) 454 exemplares
The Prime Minister's Secret Agent (2014) 443 exemplares
The Queen's Accomplice (2016) 404 exemplares
The Paris Spy (2017) 375 exemplares
The Prisoner in the Castle (2018) — Autor — 367 exemplares
The King's Justice (2020) 218 exemplares
The Hollywood Spy (2021) 166 exemplares
Mother Daughter Traitor Spy (2022) 141 exemplares
The Maggie Hope Series 1-5 (2016) 3 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
20th Century
USA (birth)
Local de nascimento
Buffalo, New York, USA
Locais de residência
Brooklyn, New York, USA
New York, New York, USA
Wellesley College (BA|English), Radcliffe Publishing Course
MacNeal, Noel
Victoria Skurnick (Levine Greenberg)

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Susan Elia MacNeal's debut novel, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, will be published by Bantam Dell/Random House on April 3, 2012—Winston Churchill Day. The sequel, Princess Elizabeth’s Spy, will be published in the fall of 2012. She is currently under contract for, and hard at work on, books #3 and #4 in the Maggie Hope series. 
Susan is married and lives with her husband, Noel MacNeal, and young son in Brooklyn. 
She thinks it's extremely odd to write in the third person.



This new to me series set amid the backdrop of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's visit to the United States. While this is a fictional book, many of the details are very researched and this reminds those living in the US at the time, that our experience before deciding to enter the War and assist Europe, was so very different than what those countries were facing.

The setting is Decemer 1941 soon after the attack on Unisted States Pearl Harbour. Using a fictious character named Maggie Hope, who is an ace investigator/private detectice who travels to the White House with Churchill's assistants who are helping negotiane the United States entry into World War II.

Previously an isolationist, when Pearl Harbor is bombed, killing so many unspecting innocents, it is obvious that the United States can no longer stick it's head in the sand and must rally round Churchill. Both eloquent speakers and hard-working, intelligent leaders, when the two come together, a strong bond results. It is obvious the author did a lot of research, and notes that she watched the Ken Burns series of United States history as a springboard.

When Maggie Hope learns that there is a plot to defame Eleanor Roosevelt after her secretary is murdered, she chooses to bring this to light with Mrs. Roosevelt. While the sitaution did not occur, the author uses this character so allow the reader access to the life and intelligence of Eleanor is portrayed lovingly and quite accurately.

The portrayal of Winston Churchill was fascinating and the details of Hitler's sweep through the European countries, leaving death and destruction in his path, confirms that those previously reluctant to enter the war, are now convinced of the enevitability of necessity.

The backdrop of Christmas at the White House and Churchill and Roosevelt stratigized hoe to defeat Hitler was a delighted addition.

I liked this book so much that I purchased most of the series.

Highly Recommended!!
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Whisper1 | 27 outras críticas | Apr 3, 2024 |
Such a spectacular final story for a much loved and thrilling series. Ms. MacNeal has pulled out all the stops to deliver a fast-paced, well crafted, well-researched high octane spy thriller. This may well be the best one yet!

The setting is July, 1943. Our illustrious Major Maggie Hope has been tasked with her most difficult assignment yet. Under the pretense of serving as a courier, chosen specifically by Nazi-sympathizer Coco Chanel, the renowned fashion designer, Maggie is to retrieve in Spain a pair of letters destined for Churchill's consideration. While also in Spain, she's to assassinate the lead German scientist on their atomic munitions program. So much is at stake, not the least of which, is the future of the entire world. There certainly were a few close calls and some riveting nail-biter moments. Yet when all is said and done, can Maggie achieve the objectives and make it home safely?

This is been a wonderful series which I have personally enjoyed from the very beginning until now. It has been a great ride these last twelve years and I am rather eager to see what new projects Ms. MacNeal has in mind for her faithful readers. Excelsior!

I am grateful to Bantam Books for having provided a complimentary uncorrected proof of this book through NetGalley. Their generosity, however, has not influenced this review - the words of which are mine alone.

Publisher:‎ Bantam
Publication Date: May 21, 2024
No. of pages:‎ 304
ISBN-13:‎ 978-0593156988
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KateBaxter | 1 outra crítica | Mar 29, 2024 |
Review of Uncorrected eBook File

As the war rages on, Maggie is off to Spain to meet with Coco Chanel and pick up a letter to be delivered to Winston Churchill. But there is more to her assignment . . . the assassination of Werner Heisenberg, a physicist who may be close to finalizing the creation of the first fission bomb.

As Maggie finds herself surrounded by diplomats, spies, and double agents, there is danger around every corner. Can she find the ones she can truly trust?


“The Last Hope,” eleventh in the Maggie Hope Mystery series, brings the Maggie Hope stories to a close. As with the earlier stories in the series, the research is impeccable, detailed and part of a meticulous plot that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

Over the course of the series, Maggie has grown and matured as she became an inspiration for those around her. At the same time, the author deftly conveys the toll the war . . . and her espionage activities . . . take on Maggie. The war-time events, well-defined characters, and a strong sense of place all work together to bring readers stories that are unputdownable, intriguing, and inspiring.

“The Last Hope,” filled with unexpected plot twists and surprises, offers readers suspense and intrigue in a complex, well-told tale of wartime, courage, and drama. Fans of the series and readers of historical fiction are sure to appreciate this exceptional story.

Highly recommended.

I received a free copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, Bantam and NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
#TheLastHope #NetGalley
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jfe16 | 1 outra crítica | Mar 25, 2024 |
I might have enjoyed this more had I not read a non-fiction book by one of Britain's top codebreakers earlier this year ( silk and cyanide.) It reminded me of the 60's/70's batman series I so enjoyed-with villains spending too much time talking and too many cliffhangers-but it was alright
cspiwak | 137 outras críticas | Mar 6, 2024 |



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