*** Please note that various posts will contain affiliate links for Amazon. Purchases from these links will make me a small percentage in store credit. ***

17 January 2017

Mr Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal (Tuesday Intros & Teaser Tuesday)

This past September I paid a whopping ten cents a pop at a library book sale for the first two books in Susan Elia MacNeal's Maggie Hope series. I love historical mysteries -- especially those set in England -- and at ten cents each??? I really felt I had no choice. I had to snatch them both up. So far (as I'm not even half-way through the first yet), it's been twenty cents well spent.
"First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros" is from the first paragraph or two of a book being read now (or in the future) and is hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. "Teaser Tuesday" at The Purple Booker asks for a random line or two from anywhere in the book currently being read.
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.

11 comments:

  1. This sounds really interesting, and at 10 cents, it's a steal!

    My teaser is from The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng

    ReplyDelete
  2. Not a fan of books set in war times for some reason. Hope u enjoy this though.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I remember hearing about this book -- great buy at 10 cents! Looks good.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love the cover!

    Mine this week is from a historical novel: https://wp.me/p3Nz8P-1aY

    ReplyDelete
  5. That's a bargain! The opening is intriguing too.

    My TT from Sweet Lake

    ReplyDelete
  6. This book is on my TBR mountain. It sounds like one I should move to my reading calendar. As usual, I have two this week - The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman and Southern Gothic by Dale Wiley. Happy reading!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Not my kind of book, but it sounds like you're enjoying - money well spent quite rightly.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I like this series a lot, but I'm not caught up on it. I know I read at least the first 3. Loved the idea of Maggie and her friends. Enjoy and well spent 20 cents!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I loved this book! And lately, I am fascinated by everything during this period, especially in England. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “THE VANISHING YEAR”

    ReplyDelete
  10. This grabbed me from the first word. Got to get it. Thanks so much for sharing. Love historical fiction and this sounds fascinating — inside Churchill's war room — wow! Here's my link: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1s6

    ReplyDelete