Welcome, New York Times-bestselling author Susan Elia MacNeal. The author of the Maggie Hope Mystery series. She is the winner of the Barry Award, and her books have been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, and Dilys Awards.
Thank you for visiting with us today.
Thank you for having me.
Your newest book in your series is MRS. ROOSEVELT’S CONFIDANTE, which released October 2015. Tell us a little about it.
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.
Sounds most intriguing. No wonder everyone wants to read it. You received accolades from “O:The Oprah Magazine, where they said, “You’ll be Maggie Hope’s loyal subject, ready to follow her wherever she goes.” Congratulations on that praise. Every author would love to receive praise from that magazine. The Minneapolis Star Tribune also praised your book, as did Booklist who said, “A treat for WWII buffs and mystery lovers alike. And it is that Susan.
The Maggie Hope novels have been nominated for the ITW Thriller Award, the Sue Federer Historical Fiction Award, and the Bruce Alexander Historical Fiction Award.
This is wonderful to have all this exposure for your books and accolades.
You’ve blended meticulous research on the era and psychological insight into Winston Churchill, and the creation of a riveting main character, Maggie Hope, into a spectacularly crafted novel. They are simply wonderful reading.
Your debut novel in this series was Mr. Churchill’s Secretary. Tell me about it.
The series I think captures the drama of an era of unprecedented challenge—and the greatness that rose to meet it. In this book, set in London, 1940 Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. Graduating at the top of her college class, she possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and remarkable gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined—and opportunities she will not let pass. In troubled, deadly times, with air-raid sirens sending multitudes underground, access to the War Rooms also exposes Maggie to the machinations of a menacing faction determined to do whatever it takes to change the course of history.
Ensnared in a web of spies, murder, and intrigue, Maggie must work quickly to balance her duty to King and Country with her chances for survival. And when she unravels a mystery that points toward her own family’s hidden secrets, she’ll discover that her quick wits are all that stand between an assassin’s murderous plan and Churchill himself.
You have done a superb job on this series. I want to thank you for visiting us today. Please let us know when your next book releases. Don’ want to miss it.
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