The prisoner in the castle

by MacNeal, Susan Elia,

Format: Print Book [2018]
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Summary
A series of baffling murders among a group of imprisoned agents threatens the outcome of World War II in this chilling mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Churchill's Secretary .

World War II is raging, and former spy Maggie Hope knows too much.

She knows what the British government is willing to do to keep its secrets.

She knows the real location of the planned invasion of France.

She knows who's lying. She knows who the double-crossers are. She knows exactly who is sending agents to their deaths.

These are the reasons Maggie is isolated on a remote Scottish island, in a prison known as Killoch Castle, out of contact with friends and family.

Then one of her fellow inmates drops dead in the middle of his after-dinner drink--and he's only the first. As victims fall one by one, Maggie will have to call upon all her wits and skills to escape--not just certain death . . . but certain murder.

For what's the most important thing Maggie Hope knows?

She must survive.

Praise for The Prisoner in the Castle

"Another literary tour de force . . . From the book's perfectly calibrated plot to its incisively etched characters, everything is handled with perfect finesse by the author." -- Poisoned Pen Newsletter

"One pleasure of a mystery series is connecting with a character that changes and grows with each novel. . . . Maggie's intelligence and loyalty to the war effort continue to evolve in [Susan Elia] MacNeal's series. . . . Solid twists keep the plot of The Prisoner in the Castle churning until the surprise finale." --Associated Press

"A mystery . . . tailor-made for readers in the post-election, #MeToo era. . . . If you love a tricky puzzle that requires you to keep track of multiple alibis over time, this is your summer read." -- The Washington Post

"Evocative." -- Publishers Weekly

"MacNeal uses [Agatha] Christie's And Then There Were None as a framework for a character-driven mystery/thriller that successfully emulates the original." -- Kirkus Reviews

"The colonel sums it up best on page ten: 'If you take a pretty girl and teach her how to kill, it can cause problems.' Not just problems-- electrifying action and nonstop surprises. I loved this book!" --R. L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "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"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "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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Additional Information
Series MacNeal, Susan Elia. Maggie Hope mystery.
Features Maggie Hope, a female secret agent in England during the 1940s
#1 - Mr. Churchill's secretary
#2 - Princess Elizabeth's spy
#3 - His majesty's hope
#4 - The Prime minister's secret agent
#5 - Mrs. Roosevelt's confidante
#6 - The Queen's accomplice
#7 - The Paris spy
#8 - The Prisoner in the castle
Subjects Women spies -- Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Great Britain -- Fiction.
Spy fiction.
Historical fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :[2018]
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 306 pages ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-306).
ISBN 9780399593826
0399593829
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