• Title: The Queen's Accomplice
  • Author: Susan Elia MacNeal
  • ISBN: 9780804178730
  • Page: 342
  • Format: ebook
  • The Queen s Accomplice Spy and code breaker extraordinaire Maggie Hope returns to war weary London where she is thrust into the dangerous hunt for a monster as the New York Times bestselling mystery series for fans of Jac
    Spy and code breaker extraordinaire Maggie Hope returns to war weary London, where she is thrust into the dangerous hunt for a monster, as the New York Times bestselling mystery series for fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Charles Todd, and Anne Perry continues England, 1942 The Nazis relentless Blitz may have paused, but London s nightly blackouts continue Now, under theSpy and code breaker extraordinaire Maggie Hope returns to war weary London, where she is thrust into the dangerous hunt for a monster, as the New York Times bestselling mystery series for fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Charles Todd, and Anne Perry continues England, 1942 The Nazis relentless Blitz may have paused, but London s nightly blackouts continue Now, under the cover of darkness, a madman is brutally killing and mutilating young women in eerie and exact re creations of Jack the Ripper s crimes What s , he s targeting women who are reporting for duty to be Winston Churchill s spies and saboteurs abroad The officers at MI 5 quickly realize they need the help of special agent Maggie Hope to find the killer dubbed the Blackout Beast A trap is set But once the murderer has his sights on Maggie, not even Buckingham Palace can protect the resourceful spy from her fate Praise for the Maggie Hope series You ll be Maggie Hope s loyal subject, ready to follow her wherever she goes O The Oprah Magazine

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    1. The Queen’s Accomplice by Susan Elia MacNeal is a 2016 Bantam Dell publication. I’m nearly caught up with this series so I’ve been trying to space them out a little, but I just couldn’t wait. This sixth installment in the Maggie Hope series, takes an even darker tone as a serial killer using Jack the Ripper’s MO, and calling himself ‘The Blackout Killer’, is targeting women in SOE, which is why Maggie is asked to help with the investigation. Meanwhile, Sarah and Hugh are recruited [...]

    2. I’ve been a fan of Maggie Hope for quite some time now. I read the first book when it came out and fell in love with that sassy red head.Over the years, Maggie’s adventures have been one part spy and one part detective/mystery series. Maggie has also evolved immensely as a character which if both exciting and at times a little sad when you look back on how much she has changed over the course of the books.I really enjoyed this installment, for one it’s set back in England and two, I love s [...]

    3. Where better for World War II spy Maggie Hope to be hanging out, solving her latest crime, than Baker Street? MI5 has called on her services to help them figure out just who is killing the young women of London during nightly blackouts. The killer, dubbed the Blackout Beast, is copying the exact details of Jack the Ripper in mutilating and displaying his murder victims.These young women are especially vulnerable because most are newly arrived in London. They are also particularly important to Ma [...]

    4. There is much to admire in this book, not the least the parallels between 1942 and today when it comes to attitudes toward women, but two things really bothered me. One, the title is misleading. Although the queen does play a crucial role at the end of the book, Maggie is in no way her accomplice. This may, of course, be the publisher's decision, not the author's. The second problem, though, could have been resolved. There are no fewer than four subplots left hanging until the next book in the s [...]

    5. I really must go back and read the first few books in this series. In this installment, Maggie works with MI-5 to investigate a Jack the Ripper copycat murderer - the Blackout Beast. The author's depiction of WWII England felt authentic, especially the way women in the workforce were treated.Full review to come

    6. Loved the first 5 Maggie Hope mysteries in this series. Happy to snap up #6 in October 2016. The author has announced she will be writing 7, 8 and 9 in the series as well. Oh, joy!

    7. Maggie Hope becomes embroiled in a murder investigation of a serial killer mirroring Jack the Ripper. Best yet in this series.

    8. During the time that Hitler was attempting to takeover Germany, the British realize that using women as spies or agents would help them in the battle. However, everyone doesn't feel that way. A killer has come to the surface and he's killing women that work for the government. He's killing them in a way that replicates Jack the Ripper. Maggie Hope, a MI operative, has been assigned to work with Scotland Yard to catch the killer. Not only does she have to prove that she's capable of handling deat [...]

    9. Oh, Maggie Hope: why do I keep going back to you? I guess there are enough compelling features of this series to keep me hanging on, but this addition to the series had more bad than good. First: the over-the-top misogyny. Granted, there has always been a "women can do anything that men can do" theme running through these books, but never in the space of one book has Maggie experienced so much outright hostility (which seems convenient, since she is all of the sudden chasing a serial killer who [...]

    10. Another riveting book in a series set during World War II. This book was just as readable as the last five, and I will eagerly await the next one! One star was deducted because I don't care for the transformation of one character (I don't want to say what it is, because it'll spoil a part of the book!). Overall a wonderful book with above-average writing and excellent characters.

    11. Susan Elia MacNeal just keeps getting better and better at telling her adventures of Maggie Hope. The Library Journal states: ''With a smart, code-breaking mathematician heroine, abundant World War II spy intrigue, and a whiff of romance, this series has real luster.''And, as usual, leaves a hint about the next in series. MacNeal dedicates the book to the memory of Violette Szabo who was posthumously awarded the George Cross and the Croix de Gerre for SOE agents who did not survive their mission [...]

    12. World War II. London. Blitz. Murder. Jack the Ripper. Sounds like a great novel to spend a couple of hours with. I really enjoy all of these separate categories, and when an author puts them together, magic happens. I really enjoy historical mysteries, but with Susan Elia MacNeal's newest book in her widely popular Maggie Hope mystery series, The Queen's Accomplice, I didn't really like it.First, the writing was strong and concise. There was no point of view shifts. Since the story is told from [...]

    13. The Queen's Accomplice is no light historical mystery that is easily read and forgotten. It is a chilling thriller that is pertinent today, despite being set during WWII. We would like to think we live in a more enlightened age, but the reality is that violence against women is all too prevalent. Sadly the speeches of certain politicians railing against women read much like the excerpt from Mein Kampf placed at the beginning of the novel. During WWII, women had to take the jobs left empty by men [...]

    14. I really wish the focus of this series would shift to Elise. And only Elise. Maggie has gotten tiring, as have all of those flat characters who surrounded her. Why is Clara Hess still running around London? Why must there be a love interest every book? Why is Sarah so immature? What is the title, when the Queen is only an accomplice in the final chapter? I understand the commentary the author was doing on the misogyny towards woman at the time, but did it have to be so on the nose? These books n [...]

    15. Excellent addition to the Maggie Hope series. Very suspenseful and gripping. I also liked the new character addition of the DCI and some good storyline set ups for the next book.

    16. Very enjoyable - would have been even more so, if I'd had the next installment ready to start right away (which I was certain I did, but it's not to be found). A very nice blend of intrigue, scary bits, history, and even a bit of romance. I was near-ish to the end and debating: "Get up and get busy or stay here and keep reading" so I stayed and I wasn't disappointed. Can't wait to read the next one!

    17. Steeped in suspense and danger, this hunt for a serial killer in wartime London leaves the reader breathless. Susan Elia MacNeal is a master storyteller. "The Queen's Accomplice" is a wonderful addition to her Maggie Hope spy/mystery series.

    18. I like that each of her books is different - new mysteries, new settings and new characters. The was an enjoyable and quick read.

    19. Another rousing Maggie Hope thriller!With 1942 London during World War II as the backdrop another gruelling, exciting chapter in Maggie Hope's life emerges. Young women, SOE agents are disappearing and turning up as murder victims. Maggie Hope takes a particular interest in these missing women. Murdered in particulate gruesome fashion by someone labelled the 'Blackout Beast.' The murders seem to be building along a Jack the Ripper copycat trajectory. The problem is that it takes time for people [...]

    20. This was my second Maggie Hope book and I thoroughly enjoyed it! This one had the war in the background and mostly concentrated on London after the blitz. The SOE was still gearing up to send spies into France and Maggie's stepsister was still trying to get out of a concentration camp.However most of the action took place in London where there was a copy cat Jack the Ripper who was taking out newbie SOE wanna be agents who were in town for interviews. Yes,he gets caught and he is a little shrimp [...]

    21. We are back with our Maggie Hope, and in war torn London, and a modern day Jack the Ripper is imitating the original Jack’s crimes, only this time he is focusing in on women who work at the SOE, and making it personal for Maggie. Worse she knows some of these woman, and goes to work helping Scotland Yard, and trying to bring the man dubbed the “Blackout Beast” to justice, will she survive.Maggie is reunited with the princesses and has tea and dinner with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and [...]

    22. A 3.5 rating. I bumped it up to 4 stars since I really enjoyed this new addition to the Maggie Hope series set in England during WWII. This one was more about a serial killer on the loose then about espionage and the ending left me looking forward to the next one in the series. No spoilers but there is a new secondary character that I became very fond of. This isn't great literature but I'm hooked on Maggie Hope and her adventures.

    23. This one is a bit grislyI have devoured every one of these Maggie hope books . I thought this one was only okay . I would've liked to have seen more with the SOE and less with the terribly grisly crimes that they described. As a matter of fact one night this book gave me terrible nightmares . The ending indicates that the author clearly intends there will be another Maggie Hope book and it hints that it will be more involved with the SOE.

    24. This is the second time I have won an advanced copy of a Maggie Hope Mystery in a giveaway. I love the series. I'm fascinated by the character of Maggie Hope and her adventures. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because the ending was not totally satisfying - left too much up in the air for my taste.

    25. It's 1942 and Maggie is back in London after her trip with the Prime Minister to meet with President Roosevelt. She's working in an SOE (Special Operations Executive) office on Baker Street, and is understandably surprised one night when she learns that her friends have fixed up the house she inherited from a grandmother she didn't even know she had. When her old collage friend shows up after her home blows up, Maggie is glad for the company - it's a house that holds some bad memories for Maggie [...]

    26. This installment in the Maggie Hope series seems darker than most with a serial killer on the loose in London during WWII. I’ve enjoyed these stories with espionage, intrigue, and adventure but not so much this one. If I want to read about women being brutalized, I’ll pick up the newspaper. I prefer lighter fare in my reading. More interesting to me was the puzzle of what had happened to Maggie’s half-sister and to another female operative in Paris. Let’s hope the author leaves the seria [...]

    27. This was my favorite in the series so far. I really enjoyed the intertwining of the Jack the Ripper narrative with Maggie's. I do so hope that she and DCI Durgin meet again, as I really like this relationship. My only issue with this book is that I find Sarah annoying and quite immature. Hopefully a mission in Paris will straighten her out. I can't wait for the next Maggie adventure!

    28. Definitely darker than some of the other Maggie Hope books, but as usual the writing is compelling. There were of course dark stories during the war and I like that Ms. MacNeal doesn't shy away from them and stick with the familiarity "WWII sacrifice and courage" story but fleshes it out a bit more.

    29. These books do seem to get better as we go and I think that is just the development of the characters and also moving through this really interesting time period. This book uncharacteristically ends on a bit of a cliff hanger so now to wait for book 7 to be available from the library ;)Recommended to anyone who enjoys a cozy mystery or historical fiction.

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