I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I have read several of the books in Susan Elia MacNeal’s Maggie Hope series, and I was looking forward to reading The Queen’s Accomplice, which is the newest entry.
For those of you unfamiliar with Maggie Hope, she is a young woman living in England during WWII. She’s very clever, and this leads to government positions working with powerful people, like Winston Churchill.
As the book begins, Maggie has returned from her American sojourn, and is working with British Intelligence translating the encoded messages the office receives from agents working in Occupied France. Some of her superiors are less than thrilled about female agents, and they ignore Maggie’s concerns that one of the female agents may have been captured.
Meanwhile, a serial killer is preying upon young women. He taunts the police, and appears to be reenacting the Jack the Ripper murders. MI-5 needs Maggie’s Hope to track down this “Blackout Beast”.
There are also several subplots involving characters from previous books. I can’t go into too much detail because I’d like to avoid spoilers, but I will say that we receive some resolution to the cliffhangers from the last books. Of course, there are new cliffhangers in this book, but this only made me excited about the next Maggie Hope book.
MacNeal did a nice job with the mystery portion by including several red herrings. Likewise, I enjoyed the way MacNeal inserted little details to create a vivid portrayal of Maggie’s life on the home front.
I would recommend The Queen’s Accomplice, as well as the rest of the Maggie Hope books. This book is full of drama and intrigue, and there is a well-rounded set of secondary characters to populate Maggie’s world. I appreciated that MacNeal devoted time to “worldbuilding” and character development in addition to the main mystery. I am certainly looking forward to the next entry in the Maggie Hope series!