PRINCESS ELIZABETH'S SPY
Following Maggie Hope from Mr. Churchill’s Secretary to her new assignment at Windsor Castle, MacNeal delivers an intriguing peek into the life of young Princess Elizabeth. Brimming with well-researched bits of information centering on the atmosphere of a country at war, the upstairs/ downstairs lifestyle and everything from code-breaking Enigma machines, double agents and murder to kidnapping plots and U-boats add to this evocative thriller peopled with strong women and plenty of action.
At the height of The Battle of Britain and after the murder of a lady in waiting, MI-5 sends Maggie Hope undercover as a math tutor to the princesses at Windsor Castle. Maggie is clever and a math whiz, but she is perceived as not strong enough for a more rigorous assignment. Reeling from the sudden appearance of a father she thought was dead and the death of her lover, who was killed over France, Maggie needs this mission for her sanity’s sake. As she navigates the world of the royals and their staff, Maggie develops a powerful relationship with the princesses while she searches for clues to the murder. When an assassination plot is uncovered, and the kidnapping of Elizabeth is put into a working plan, Maggie proves her mettle. But there are more shocking turns that thrust Maggie into another, far more dangerous mission. (BANTAM, Oct., 350 pp., $15.00)