The king's justice

by MacNeal, Susan Elia,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary
London. December, 1942. As the Russian army repels German forces from Stalingrad, Maggie Hope, secret agent and spy, takes a break from the Special Operations Executive division to defuse bombs in London. But Maggie herself is like an explosion waiting to happen. Shaken by a recent case, she finds herself living more dangerously--taking more risks than usual, smoking again, drinking gin and riding a motorcycle--and the last thing she wants is to get entangled in another crime. But when she's called upon to look into a stolen Stradivarius, one of the finest violins ever made, Maggie finds the case too alluring to resist.

Meanwhile, there's a serial killer on the loose in London and Maggie's skills are in demand. Little does she know that in the process of investigating this dangerous predator, she will come face to face with a new sort of evil...and discover a link between the precious violin and the murders no one could ever have expected.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Transplanted American Maggie Hope's life has been a whirlwind since taking the job as Winston Churchill's secretary at the beginning of WWII: code breaking, spying, and catching serial killers have all been part of her remit. Now, in late 1942, she's trying to decompress. No more spying, at least for the moment, but Maggie's idea of chilling out is a little weird: defusing unexploded bombs (UXBs) in blitz-ravaged London. MacNeal, who has proved a master at re-creating both wartime England and Nazi-occupied Paris, is on point again, with white-knuckle accounts of being down in a hole with a UXB: ""one minute you're there, the next you could be pink mist."" For Maggie, though, the next minute she's back in the game, first hunting a stolen Stradivarius violin and then, inevitably, on the trail of another serial killer, this time someone who's targeting conscientious objectors. As with the previous eight volumes in this consistently entertaining series, MacNeal's latest effort combines solid sleuthing and fascinating WWII detail with a sensitive look at the psychological turmoil that plagues those under intense pressure.--Bill Ott Copyright 2020 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Set in war-torn London, bestseller MacNeal's tantalizing ninth Maggie Hope mystery (after 2018's The Prisoner in the Castle) finds Maggie helping conscientious objectors diffuse unexploded bombs. In December 1942, Maggie attends the sentencing of the serial killer known as the Blackout Beast, who once held her captive. In March 1943, just days before the killer is due to be executed, a suitcase containing human bones and a white feather is found floating in the Thames. As more suitcases with bones are discovered, it's obvious that another serial killer is at work. Maggie wants no part of the investigation, but the victims may well be her friends on the bomb squad. When the Blackout Beast presents her with a proposal--a pardon from the king in exchange for the new serial killer's identity--Maggie sets out to catch the killer before she has to accept his offer. Vivid descriptions of devastated London and distinctive, emotionally flawed characters enhance a plot that builds to a wicked twist. This enjoyable effort will inspire those new to MacNeal to seek out earlier entries. Agent: Agent: Victoria Skurnick, Levine Greenberg Rosten Literary. (Feb.)"
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Additional Information
Series MacNeal, Susan Elia. Maggie Hope mystery ; bk. 9.
Subjects World War, 1939-1945 -- England -- Fiction.
Women spies -- Fiction.
Violin -- Fiction.
Theft -- Fiction.
Unexploded ordnance -- Fiction.
Risk-taking (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Serial murderers -- Fiction.
London (England) -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Spy fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 337 pages ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-337).
ISBN 9780399593840
0399593845
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