Image of The Prime Minister's Secret Agent (Maggie Hope)


Image of The Prime Minister's Secret Agent (Maggie Hope)

This is a splendid historical novel that combines details about WW II with a riveting mystery. The research is complete and fascinating, moving between an America that hasn’t entered the war (yet), a Japan planning a secret attack on Pearl Harbor and an England where Churchill wants America’s help in the war. Readers get the story from the perspective of an American woman who starts as Churchill’s secretary and becomes a spy. The scenes are so detailed that readers will feel as if they are next to the characters and listening to them speaking.

Maggie Hope is back from Germany, where her life was shattered. She was forced to kill a young man, and she’s suffering from PTSD. Now in Scotland, Maggie is at a secret location training young people to be spies in Europe, but she remains emotionally distant. When her superior orders her to visit her friend, a ballet dancer in England, Maggie finds a tragedy when two dancers die and her friend has little hope of living. Maggie realizes these deaths are linked to something she saw in Scotland and she’ll even fight her own government to find the truth — her friend’s only chance of survival. (BANTAM, Jul., 320 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Page Traynor