Mr. Churchill’s Secretary
By Susan Elia MacNeal
Bantam Books, 2012. 373 pgs. Mystery
Maggie Hope, an American in London during the onset of WWII, is a mathematician skilled in ciphers, but being a woman, her only job opportunity is to be a secretary. However, she ends up being a secretary to none other than the Prime Minister himself—Mr. Churchill. Things are not boring at 10 Downing, and she might be in the perfect position to help her adopted country after all.
This is a great historical mystery with lots of detail of London life during the war, without bogging down the plot. Fans of Kathryn Miller Haines will enjoy Maggie’s strong-willed character in this edgier mystery series, and those who enjoy Jacqueline Winspear’s works but would prefer a lot more action will find what they’re looking for here.