As per usual, I’m behind on my catch-up plan for reading all 24 books this year, but I’m ahead of last year, so I KPO (as Maggie Hope would say!).
I liked this mystery a lot better than the first book, and I don’t think it’s just because it features royals. It started out a little tiresome with yet MORE secrets being kept from our heroine and some “all-knowing” man thinking it’s for the best to keep her in the dark, but hopefully, we’ve reached the end of Maggie’s crazy family secrets and she can now just do her awesome job.
It was fun to see “behind the scenes” at the British version of “The Farm” (which I mainly know about because of watching Covert Affairs!) in the 1940s, even if Maggie was NOT having a good time there. Loved how she got placed at Windsor Castle (and having been there, it was fun to be able to really picture it as described) and got to know the little Princesses. Maggie’s spycraft leaves a little to be desired, but it did feel more realistic that she didn’t always know the right clues to follow.
There was a LOT of off-stage romance that left me a little cold; we return to Maggie’s story with John having proposed to her after he’s joined the RAF, she says no because she’s mad he joined up and then his plane is shot down over Germany. “Missing, presumed dead.” Obviously, no one seems to stay dead in these books, but since it didn’t really feel like she liked him all that much, much less loved him in the first book, it felt odd to have her pining over his marriage proposal for much of the book. She had a LOT more chemistry with her handler, Hugh, and their romance seemed to develop more organically. Of course, nothing can be easy in this universe, so I foresee some major complications ahead, but I’m rooting for Maggie and Hugh!