Author: Susan Elia MacNeal
Provided Synopsis: As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5. Spirited, strong-willed, and possessing one of the sharpest minds in government for mathematics and code-breaking, she fully expects to be sent abroad to gather intelligence for the British front. Instead, to her great disappointment, she is dispatched to go undercover at Windsor Castle, where she will tutor the young Princess Elizabeth in math. Yet castle life quickly proves more dangerous—and deadly—than Maggie ever expected. The upstairs-downstairs world at Windsor is thrown into disarray by a shocking murder, which draws Maggie into a vast conspiracy that places the entire royal family in peril. And as she races to save England from a most disturbing fate, Maggie realizes that a quick wit is her best defense, and that the smallest clues can unravel the biggest secrets, even within her own family.
Review: I don’t think this series is for me. After being disappointed with Mr Churchill’s Secretary I was also disappointed with Princess Elizabeth’s Spy. Those responsible for the threat are too predictable, the “action” toward the end is so over the top that it’s nearly laughable, and characters who were strongly formed in the first book seemed to crumble apart.
Maggie irritated me in this book. She couldn’t even solve the mystery because she was too busy being prejudiced toward others. Then there was the introduction of a love triangle that will eventually cause angst and a big decision. How predictable. When are authors going to accept that not every story needs a love triangle?! This reader is turned off by them and how it was handled in this book.
The only surprise came at the end when further information was provided about Maggie’s family. Now THAT is a book I want to read! There is some real espionage! In conclusion, I can only recommend this book if you want a predictable story, or if you’d like the set-up for the next book. If the latter option is the case then just read the final few chapters and spare yourself the frustration. Seriously.
(Side Note: The 2 star rating is mainly due to the setting at Windsor Castle and the glimpse (trust me, it’s brief) at what causes someone to become a traitor against their country.)