Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Mr. Churchill's Secretary, by Susan Elia MacNeal
An entertaining and smart book with lots of well-researched historic details. Maggie Hope is a British citizen who was raised in the US by a maiden aunt. She comes to London reluctantly before beginning graduate school at MIT to deal with some real estate issues, but ends up staying to support the war effort as a typist for Winston Churchill. She shares the family home with a group of high-spirited young women, and the depiction of their domestic lives in the months leading up to England's declaration of war on Germany is a good part of the fun.