The Paris Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery
By Susan Elia MacNeal
Special Executive Operations agent Maggie Hope has two very good reasons for being in German-occupied Paris: Elise Hess and Erica Calvert. Maggie desperately wants to find her half-sister Elise, a German resistance fighter, and it is vital that Maggie track down Erica, a fellow SEO agent, who has been gathering mission critical information for the upcoming Allied invasion of Europe. Disguised as Paige Kelly, an Irishwoman in Paris to buy her wedding trousseau, Maggie finds herself frantically searching the fashionable ateliers as well as the dangerous back allies of Paris for the women before time for them all runs out.
With The Paris Spy, the seventh superb installment in her Maggie Hope series, MacNeal once again deftly mingles fact and fiction and history and mystery into one seamlessly plotted, deeply satisfying story. MacNeal writes with great eloquence and sharp clarity about the rampant corruption and casual brutality of life in Paris under the Germans during World War II, but she also skillfully incorporates into her plot some unforgettable examples of the courageous sacrifices—as well as the subtle acts of defiance—made by ordinary people determined to fight back against a government, whose evil knew no boundaries. Put this gripping plotline together with the book’s impeccably researched setting and realistically nuanced characters, and you have an extraordinary historical mystery that fans of this sterling series will treasure.
John Charles, ReaderToReader.com