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Welcome to the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association redesigned Killer Books page. Below, you will find selections from members' blogs and webpages that post mystery reviews. If you've read the book discussed, or would like to, we welcome your comments.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal



MR. CHURCHILL'S SECRETARY by Susan Elia MacNeal (Bantam TPBO, $15.)  Debut Historical novel. 
 
In 1940 London, England is gearing up for an invasion.  With the war in Europe intensifying, life is beginning to change at the home front.  Maggie Hope is a math whiz, and could easily do more challenging work than that of a secretary, but as a woman, her skills are not recognized.  Though raised in America, she does have British roots.
 
She is able to secure a position working for Winston Churchill, and is thrust into a dangerous situation.  With German spies ready to wreak havoc in London, Maggie comes across a plot, and is instrumental in foiling it.  She also finds some information on her family history.
 
Maggie is a very like able character, and I really thought the sense of time and place was very well done.  I was sure I had something figured out, but I was fooled.  The twists are done well, and since this is early in the war, I'm hoping Maggie will return for further adventures. 
 
from Maggie Mason, Lookin' for Books