Reviews for Mrs. Roosevelt's confidante : a Maggie Hope mystery

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MacNeal's enthralling fifth Maggie Hope mystery (after The Prime Minister's Secret Agent) takes the American-born British spy to Washington, D.C., in the company of Winston Churchill, posing as his typist, for a meeting with F.D.R. just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. When Eleanor Roosevelt's temporary secretary, Blanche Balfour, fails to show up for work, Maggie winds up accompanying the First Lady to Blanche's apartment, where they discover her body and a note implicating Eleanor Roosevelt herself as the reason for her (apparent) suicide. Not only does Maggie try to prevent a scandal that has implications for the presidency and the war, she also assists in the First Lady's efforts to help Wendell Cotton, a poor African-American sentenced to die by an all-white Virginia jury. While Maggie is the star, MacNeal gives ample space to the political maneuverings of Roosevelt and Churchill. Cameo appearances by such historical figures as Martha Gellhorn, C.S. Forester, and Walt Disney add to the fun. Agent: Victoria Skurnick, Levine Greenberg Literary. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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Maggie Hope is delighted to be back in America in mid-December 1941: it's her home country, and it isn't enduring London's rationing. At 26, Maggie is a British spy posing as a secretary to Winston Churchill when the Boss visits President Franklin Roosevelt to confirm America's dedication to the war in Europe. When Eleanor Roosevelt worries about the absence of her private secretary, Blanche Balfour, the PM offers Maggie, a woman of many talents, to assist her. They find Blanche dead in a murder staged as a suicide, with evidence of a note accusing the First Lady of sexual misconduct. Maggie also becomes involved in trying to stop the pending execution of a poor black sharecropper in Virginia who received a mockery of a trial. All of which delays a private meeting with her almost-fiancé, RAF pilot John Sterling, who was shot down over Germany in 1940 and is now on Churchill's staff. MacNeal's fifth Maggie Hope mystery (after The Prime Minister's Secret Agent, 2014) is another solidly researched entry with the indomitable Maggie in top form. Thoroughly entertaining historical mystery.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2015 Booklist

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