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  • ISBN: 9780399593826
  • Physical Description: 306 pages ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: First Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2018]

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"American-born spy and code-breaker extraordinaire Maggie Hope must solve a baffling series of murders among a group of captive agents on an isolated Scottish island as the acclaimed World War II mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Susan Elia MacNeal continues. Maggie Hope is being held prisoner on a remote Scottish island with other SOE agents who know too much for the enemy's comfort. All the spies on the island are trained to kill--and when they start dropping off one-by-one, Maggie needs to find the murderer... before she becomes the next victim"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Women spies > Fiction.
Murder > Investigation > Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > Great Britain > Fiction.
Castles > Scotland > Fiction.
Prisoners > Fiction.
Scotland > Fiction.
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths.
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Traditional British.
FICTION / Historical.
Genre: Spy fiction.
Historical fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 9780399593826
The Prisoner in the Castle : A Maggie Hope Mystery
The Prisoner in the Castle : A Maggie Hope Mystery
by MacNeal, Susan Elia
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Maggie Hope is a well-educated Bostonian transplanted to England during WWII as a code-breaker and, later, as a spy. The series, starting with Mr. Churchill's Secretary in 2012, follows Maggie on special postings, including a couple taking place in Buckingham Palace, that give readers a wealth of historical information amid settings that range from gritty to lavish. This time out, Maggie has been banished to an island off the west coast of Scotland, along with other spies belonging to the behind-enemy-lines Special Operations Executive (SOE) created by Churchill. The imprisoned spies are held in a Victorian monstrosity because they're deemed likely to snap after all the horrors they've witnessed. And snap someone does, methodically killing off SOE agents one by one. The book-accompanying press information says that the plot was inspired by Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, but some may think that the systematic murders using a variety of strange weapons are a little too obvious and suspense-killing, even as a tribute. Nevertheless, this latest Maggie Hope adventure has the resourceful and ever-appealing Maggie and the riveting WWII setting to recommend it.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2018 Booklist

Syndetic Solutions - Kirkus Review for ISBN Number 9780399593826
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Prisoners on a remote Scottish island play cat and mouse with a killer.Maggie Hope has been everything from Churchill's secretary to a spy who barely escaped Nazi-occupied Paris (The Paris Spy, 2017, etc.). Now, because the Special Operations Executive deems what she knows too dangerous for her to be back in the field, she's a prisoner on the Isle of Scarra. Maggie and the other agents exiled there live in a hideous fake Tudor mansion once owned by Sir Marcus Killoch, who reportedly killed 10 of his guests and committed suicide. The prisoners pass the time by fishing, hunting, reading, drinking, and, in Maggie's case, swimming in the frigid surf and learning Gaelic from Mrs. McNaughton, the cook. Still another amusement is getting murdered. The first to die is Capt. Evans, the commander at Scarra, who's apparently poisoned. Before Arisaig base can send a boat, another man is found dead, possibly by accident. Back in London, DCI James Durgin, desperate to have Maggie testify in a murder trial, is thwarted by the powers that be. As more of her fellow prisoners are dispatched, Maggie wonders whom to trust, for they're all trained to kill. She's not cheered to learn more about Sir Marcus' despicable treatment of the local girls he forced into sadistic sexual games. To raise the stakes even higher, SOE has discovered that someone at Scarra is a German spy sending coded messages to a submarine lurking nearby. When a strong storm prevents anyone from reaching Scarra, it's up to Maggie to act.MacNeal uses Christie's And Then There Were None as a framework for a character-driven mystery/thriller that successfully emulates the original. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Syndetic Solutions - Publishers Weekly Review for ISBN Number 9780399593826
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Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None provides the setup for MacNeal's evocative if unconvincing eighth Maggie Hope mystery (after 2017's The Paris Spy). Toward the end of 1942, British special agent Maggie is ensconced at Killoch Castle, a onetime Victorian hunting lodge on the tiny Hebridean island of Scarra. Ostensibly a training center, the top-secret British facility there actually sequesters agents with dangerous weaknesses or knowledge too sensitive to leave in the field-in Maggie's case, detailed information on the upcoming invasion of occupied Europe. Life is pleasant enough, until the nine other agents on Scarra begin being murdered by means from arsenic and cyanide to impalement by harpoon. As a storm cuts off all possibility of help from the mainland, Maggie attempts to discover which of her fellow "guests" is a killer. MacNeal's scenario lacks the rigorous plotting of its classic predecessor, and the slew of disparate murders feels more silly than chilling. Agent: Victoria Skurnick, Levine Greenberg Literary. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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MacNeal channels Agatha Christie by putting a large cast of intelligence agents into an isolated castle where one by one they are eliminated. The undercurrent of the story makes readers wonder not just who among those present is the killer but who has made them prisoners and why. These are well-trained spies, each of whom could be the killer, and each one seems to know too much, especially Maggie Hope. The plot is complicated by the external and internal settings, a castle that has a history of cruelty and violence and is filled with dozens of animal heads and carcasses. That darkness pits these individuals as more dangerous enemies to one another than the Germans fighting the war in Europe. Meanwhile, a story from a previous novel in the series adds to the pressure to find Maggie, but MacNeal manages to pull that off without depending on listeners knowing the earlier work. Here the author creates tension and twists in a multilayered story as the action occurs in less than a week while a storm reinforces the isolation. Susan Duerden has narrated numerous "Maggie Hope" books, so even though the approach here is a bit different from the rest of the series, she knows author and character well. VERDICT Recommended for both mystery and historical fiction fans.-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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