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Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante
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Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante
Maggie Hope Series, Book 5
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this latest riveting mystery from Susan Elia MacNeal, England's most daring spy, Maggie Hope, travels across the pond to America, where a looming scandal poses a grave threat to the White House and the Allied cause.

December 1941. Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C., along with special agent Maggie Hope. Posing as his typist, she is accompanying the prime minister as he meets with President Roosevelt to negotiate the United States' entry into World War II. When one of the First Lady's aides is mysteriously murdered, Maggie is quickly drawn into Mrs. Roosevelt's inner circle—as ER herself is implicated in the crime. Maggie knows she must keep the investigation quiet, so she employs her unparalleled skills at code breaking and espionage to figure out who would target Mrs. Roosevelt, and why. What Maggie uncovers is a shocking conspiracy that could jeopardize American support for the war and leave the fate of the world hanging dangerously in the balance.
Praise for Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante

"MacNeal paints an engrossing portrait of a country on the verge of war, with many laws suspended and prejudice rife—a world not that much different from today."Kirkus Reviews

"MacNeal's fifth Maggie Hope mystery is another solidly researched entry with the indomitable Maggie in top form."Booklist

"Another winner filled both with fact and marvelous fiction . . . Maggie is a wonderful character with the strength and determination, as well as intelligence, to make her a resourceful spy."RT Book Reviews

"MacNeal's images and characters are true to the time, and the resonance of several of the subplots with current events deepen the impact of the tale; MacNeal is to be commended for her skillful weaving of racial and gender issues into an already complex political picture. . . . There's a tremendous amount of world and U.S. history in this delightful volume."Historical Novels Review

"Addictive . . . [MacNeal] paints convincing portraitures of the Roosevelts and other real-life historical figures. . . . The author continues to tackle heady issues while giving us a beloved heroine to root for. Wrought with peril and tension and extraordinarily rich in detail and research, Hope's latest adventure will not disappoint fans of the series."—Fredericksburg Free Lance–Star

Praise for the bestselling Maggie Hope mysteries

"You'll be [Maggie Hope's] loyal subject, ready to follow her wherever she goes."O: The Oprah Magazine

"[A] stellar series."—Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A treat for WWII buffs and mystery lovers alike."Booklist


From the Trade Paperback edition.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this latest riveting mystery from Susan Elia MacNeal, England's most daring spy, Maggie Hope, travels across the pond to America, where a looming scandal poses a grave threat to the White House and the Allied cause.

December 1941. Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C., along with special agent Maggie Hope. Posing as his typist, she is accompanying the prime minister as he meets with President Roosevelt to negotiate the United States' entry into World War II. When one of the First Lady's aides is mysteriously murdered, Maggie is quickly drawn into Mrs. Roosevelt's inner circle—as ER herself is implicated in the crime. Maggie knows she must keep the investigation quiet, so she employs her unparalleled skills at code breaking and espionage to figure out who would target Mrs. Roosevelt, and why. What Maggie uncovers is a shocking conspiracy that could jeopardize American support for the war and leave the fate of the world hanging dangerously in the balance.
Praise for Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante

"MacNeal paints an engrossing portrait of a country on the verge of war, with many laws suspended and prejudice rife—a world not that much different from today."Kirkus Reviews

"MacNeal's fifth Maggie Hope mystery is another solidly researched entry with the indomitable Maggie in top form."Booklist

"Another winner filled both with fact and marvelous fiction . . . Maggie is a wonderful character with the strength and determination, as well as intelligence, to make her a resourceful spy."RT Book Reviews

"MacNeal's images and characters are true to the time, and the resonance of several of the subplots with current events deepen the impact of the tale; MacNeal is to be commended for her skillful weaving of racial and gender issues into an already complex political picture. . . . There's a tremendous amount of world and U.S. history in this delightful volume."Historical Novels Review

"Addictive . . . [MacNeal] paints convincing portraitures of the Roosevelts and other real-life historical figures. . . . The author continues to tackle heady issues while giving us a beloved heroine to root for. Wrought with peril and tension and extraordinarily rich in detail and research, Hope's latest adventure will not disappoint fans of the series."—Fredericksburg Free Lance–Star

Praise for the bestselling Maggie Hope mysteries

"You'll be [Maggie Hope's] loyal subject, ready to follow her wherever she goes."O: The Oprah Magazine

"[A] stellar series."—Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A treat for WWII buffs and mystery lovers alike."Booklist


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  • Chapter One


    "I'm back!" announced Maggie Hope.

    Her cheeks were pink and eyes bright as the Prime Minister's jump flight from Boston approached the airport in Virginia. Her heart filled with joy as she saw Washington, D.C., glowing below through the fog. All those in the plane were transfixed with delight to look and see the amazing spectacle of a city lit up. For all of them who had endured over two years of blackouts, the sight of lights at night was precious, symbolizing freedom, strength, and hope.

    "So, how does it feel?" asked David.

    As the wheels of the plane touched down on the tarmac she cried, "Tops!" over the noise, her heart racing. And it was great--fantastic even--to be back. And not just in the United States after three years away, but her old self again--or at least a new version of herself.

    "Back to being our plucky ingenue, I see," David said, reading her mind.

    Maggie glared. "Pluck you."

    He laughed. "Jumping Jupiter, it's good to have you with us again, Mags. Don't you agree, John? The three musketeers from the summer of 'forty reunited! We few, we happy few . . ."

    John, slim with broad shoulders, impeccable in his blue RAF uniform, glanced up from his side of the aisle. "We band of blasted . . ."

    "John--" Maggie warned.

    He had been busily sketching in a leather-bound notebook on his lap. As the plane taxied down the runway, he looked out the window.

    "No, no Shakespeare tonight--I must have American poetry!" David cried, ignoring their dour companion. "We're in America now! And the good old U.S. of A. has finally deigned to join us in our fight against the Nazi war machine." He smirked as he straightened his tie. "You Yanks--always late to a good war . . ."

    Maggie put a gloved finger to her lips. "Not exactly the most politic way to begin our stay, now, is it?"

    David sighed. "All right then, back to poetry--Emily Dickinson! Ralph Waldo Emerson! Walt Whitman! 'I sing the body electric . . . I celebrate the me yet to come . . .' "

    Maggie beamed, for she, too, felt joy. Even though war continued to rage, there was reason to hope. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, just over two weeks ago, the United States had finally joined in the fight alongside the British. And as for her own personal battle, against the Black Dog of depression, as Winston Churchill called it, she had won, if only for the moment. And living in the moment was what counted now.

    She slipped a silver powder compact from her purse and peered into its mirror, applying red lipstick. It was the lipstick that contained a hidden cyanide pill in the base, which she'd carried on her mission to Berlin as an SOE agent the previous winter. But even those memories were easier to deal with now. From habit, her hand went to her side, where the bullet used to be. But the bullet was gone, surgically removed by a vet in Scotland. You've come far, Hope, she thought.

    Maggie Hope was assigned to Winston Churchill's trip to visit the United States and meet with President Roosevelt as, ostensibly, the P.M.'s typist. It was a job she'd once held, during the Battle of Britain, in the summer of 1940. But the reality was that she was now a Special Operations Executive, responsible for spying and sabotage behind enemy lines. At twenty-six, she was one of the most senior agents.

    She, with the Prime Minister, his private secretaries David Greene and John Sterling; Lord Beaverbrook; his personal detective, Walter H. Thompson; and his beleaguered valet, Inces, had all left from Scotland on December 8. As part of...

About the Author-
  • Susan Elia MacNeal is the Barry Award--winning and Edgar, Dilys, and Macavity Award--nominated author of the Maggie Hope mysteries, including Mr. Churchill's Secretary, Princess Elizabeth's Spy, His Majesty's Hope, and The Prime Minister's Secret Agent. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and child.

Reviews-
  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 7, 2015
    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.

  • Kirkus

    August 15, 2015
    In 1941, Christmas offers hope for a beleaguered Great Britain but no peace for an English spy. Now that Japan has attacked the U.S., President Franklin Delano Roosevelt can declare war on the Axis, and Winston Churchill has made a secret trip to Washington to discuss strategy. After starting as Churchill's secretary, brilliant math major Maggie Hope has graduated to become an accomplished spy. Raised in Boston by her American aunt after the supposed deaths of her parents, she now knows that her father is a codebreaker for Great Britain and her mother's a Nazi spy imprisoned in England. Arriving at the White House, she's sucked into helping Eleanor Roosevelt when they go check up on Mrs. Roosevelt's missing secretary, Blanche Balfour, a Southern belle whose boyfriend is urging her to help him create a scandal. Maggie and Eleanor find Blanche dead in her bathtub, her wrists slit. The setup screams suicide, but Maggie is suspicious enough to remove a writing pad from Blanche's room. Judicious use of a pencil shows that a letter written on the pad accused Eleanor of trying to kiss Blanche. Maggie also becomes involved in the cause of Wendell Cotton, a black man on death row in Virginia, whom an all-white jury has convicted of murder and sentenced to die. Mrs. Roosevelt is eager to save him, but her husband refuses to interfere because he needs Southern support for the war effort. While Churchill and Roosevelt huddle, Maggie's former lover, Flight Lt. John Sterling, another of Churchill's aides, is sent to California to drum up publicity and work with Walt Disney on a cartoon Sterling created. Maggie remains in D.C., assisted by a reporter who was once her old college friend, to wrestle with Blanche's murder and Cotton's fate. MacNeal (The Prime Minister's Secret Agent, 2014, etc.) paints an engrossing portrait of a country on the verge of war, with many laws suspended and prejudice rife-a world not that much different from today.

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  • Fredericksburg Free Lance--Star

    Praise for Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante "[Susan Elia] MacNeal paints an engrossing portrait of a country on the verge of war, with many laws suspended and prejudice rife--a world not that much different from today."--Kirkus Reviews "MacNeal's fifth Maggie Hope mystery is another solidly researched entry with the indomitable Maggie in top form."--Booklist "Another winner filled both with fact and marvelous fiction . . . Maggie is a wonderful character with the strength and determination, as well as intelligence, to make her a resourceful spy."--RT Book Reviews "MacNeal's images and characters are true to the time, and the resonance of several of the subplots with current events deepen the impact of the tale; MacNeal is to be commended for her skillful weaving of racial and gender issues into an already complex political picture. . . . There's a tremendous amount of world and U.S. history in this delightful volume."--Historical Novels Review "Addictive . . . [MacNeal] paints convincing portraitures of the Roosevelts and other real-life historical figures. . . . The author continues to tackle heady issues while giving us a beloved heroine to root for. Wrought with peril and tension and extraordinarily rich in detail and research, Hope's latest adventure will not disappoint fans of the series."

  • O: The Oprah Magazine "You'll be [Maggie Hope's] loyal subject, ready to follow her wherever she goes."
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune "[A] stellar series."
  • Booklist

    "A treat for WWII buffs and mystery lovers alike."
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