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The Paris Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery Hardcover – August 8, 2017
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“Engrossing . . . A fast-paced climax leads to an ending that will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next installment.”—Publishers Weekly
“With its riveting plot and cliff-hanger finish, this is a solid addition to a series as well researched as it is entertaining.”—Booklist
“You will grieve with Paris. You will be outraged by the destruction. You will be terrified for all the heroes, be there with them every step, and care desperately that they succeed and survive. And perhaps above all, like me, you will be overwhelmed with their sacrifice for the freedom we still enjoy.”—Anne Perry, New York Times bestselling author of the Pitt and Monk Series
“This has to be Maggie Hope’s most exciting adventure yet. Vivid and fast-paced, crammed with authentic detail, The Paris Spy is an extraordinary trip through the edgy drama of wartime Paris, skillfully plotted and studded with cameos of real historical figures.”—Jane Thynne, author of the Clara Vine series
“The Paris Spy is a new mystery you won’t put down until the absolutely stunning conclusion. Only Susan Elia MacNeal—and the extraordinary Maggie Hope—could wrap such a tale of courage and betrayal around a secret that will cost lives and honor to protect.”—Charles Todd, New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge series and the Bess Crawford series
About the Author
Susan Elia MacNeal is the New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie Hope mysteries, including Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, Princess Elizabeth’s Spy, His Majesty’s Hope, The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent, Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante, The Queen’s Accomplice, and The Paris Spy. MacNeal won the Barry Award and was nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, Agatha, Left Coast Crime, Dilys, and ITW Thriller awards. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son.
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At the end of the last novel, [[ASIN:0804178720 The Queen's Accomplice:] Maggie put herself on a plane to Paris with several goals, including finding out the fate of a missing British spy and discovering the fate of a family member. This novel is the story of her tackling that mission -- with, of course, no real idea where to start on those tasks. She also crosses paths with longtime friends who are on their own spy missions -- and who, if you have read the earlier novels (and you should; don't start here!) -- have their own frightening challenges.
In lesser hands, this could be merely an entertaining frippery. But the characters are so compelling that I keep wanting to know what happens to them, and the author brings alive the feel of not-really-conquered Paris.
"I'll read just one more chapter," I told myself as I went to bed, knowing full well that I had a meeting at 8am. But I didn't go to sleep until I'd finished the entire book.
Yeah, it's that good. Highly recommended.
Maggie's friends, Hugh and Sarah, are also in Paris, working as entertainers and arranging the pickup of material vital to the upcoming D-Day invasion. An exciting storyline is the possible existence of a mole, a double agent working with the Nazis. There are several suspects -- and plenty of interesting twists -- as one would expect in a novel rooted in skullduggery.
This is a wonderful, fun series, enhanced by our knowledge of what is going to happen -- and an entertaining glimpse at the young people who would later be called the Greatest Generation. For every elder who made it home there was another who did not. The Nazis were a terrible enemy, and characters we've come to know do suffer.
This is a grim chapter of the great war period. The Nazis lorded it over Paris and the Allies were trying to muster one great action to establish a military presence on the continent. The stakes were high and morale was low, not least at the thought of a traitor in the midst of SOE.
As always MacNeal loads the story with interesting facts from the time -- cultural, political and military -- and it's all wrapped up in an exciting fast-paced story with great characters. I can almost see Ginger Rogers or Irene Dunne playing Maggie Hope, or any of a number of talented young actresses working today. There's even a scene for Churchill and the support staff back in the UK, and one for Hitler, though the primary action is with the spies.
This is a great series, best to read in order because of the war story progression, but absolutely enjoyable as a standalone. In order the books are: Mr. Churchill's Secretary, Princess Elizabeth's Spy, His Majesty's Hope, The Prime Minister's Secret Agent, Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante, The Queen's Accomplice and The Paris Spy.
Paris is my favorite place to visit, and I was fascinated by MacNeal’s details regarding Nazi-occupied Paris (she clearly researched extensively). Even though I have read countless World War 2 books dealing with this time period in Paris, I was unaware that the Nazis made Paris operate on Berlin time (two hours ahead) and how silent the streets became because no one but Nazi officers drove cars for the most part. While it is common knowledge that the Nazis were horrifically cruel, the sections of the book describing atrocious Nazi behavior made my stomach turn and once again question how Germany managed to sink so low. On the flip side, I always love anecdotes about Parisians who resisted, and The Paris Spy contains many honorable Parisians subtly standing up for what they knew was right.
This series is outstanding, and I highly recommend The Paris Spy (and the other 6 books before it). Thanks to Bantam for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.