Reviews for The queen's accomplice : a Maggie Hope mystery

Publishers Weekly
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Echoes of classic crime meet international espionage in MacNeal's accomplished sixth WWII mystery (after 2015's Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante). In bombed- and blacked-out 1942 London, a young woman's horrifically butchered body is discovered in Regent's Park near graffiti proclaiming that "Jack Is Back." With the discovery of a second, similarly brutalized corpse, a pattern emerges: the murders explicitly mimic Jack the Ripper's, and both women have been tapped for the Special Operations Executive, a top-secret unit that sends women spies behind enemy lines. American expat Maggie Hope, an experienced SOE operative, joins the investigation jointly conducted by Scotland Yard and MI5. The stakes rise when a young woman trained by Maggie disappears, possibly abducted by the killer that the press dubs the Blackout Beast. Though the titular queen-the current monarch's mother-plays only a minor role, MacNeal's engaging characters, vivid scene-setting, moments of romance, and rich historical detail offer plenty to enjoy. Agent: Victoria Skurnick, Levine Greenberg Literary. (Oct.) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal
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Returning to London from Washington, DC, Maggie Hope is working at Special Operations Division, 64 Baker Street. The Nazis have stopped their nightly bombing, but the city is still burning. When an elderly air raid warden stumbles over a mutilated body in Regent's Park, it marks the beginning of a terrible re-creation of Jack the Ripper's killing spree. This sixth entry in the World War II series follows Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante. Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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As if Germany weren't enough of a challenge to Londoners in 1942, a Jack the Ripper copycat is targeting young women involved in the war effort. American-bred agent Maggie Hope, 27, is chafing under the new leadership of the Special Operations Executive, a colonel who considers women best used to brew tea and is cavalier about a female agent's disquieting coded messages. Then Maggie is tapped to work with MI5 to find the Blackout Beast, who is killing women in the army and SOE in the same manner that the original Ripper killed prostitutes, seemingly because he resents their taking jobs that should belong to men. As she works with DCI James Durgin to track down the Beast, Maggie also uses her established connections with Queen Elizabeth to push for parity for women agents, who are paid less than men and are at greater risk because they aren't covered by the Geneva Convention. Although the ending seems rushed, with the indomitable Maggie serving as bait for the Beast and then taking off to pursue dangling story lines, this is a fine historical mystery given a feminist slant.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2016 Booklist

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