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The Prisoner in the Castle: A Maggie Hope Mystery (edition 2018)

by Susan Elia MacNeal (Author), Susan Duerden (Narrator), Random House Audio (Publisher)

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Title:The Prisoner in the Castle: A Maggie Hope Mystery
Authors:Susan Elia MacNeal (Author)
Other authors:Susan Duerden (Narrator), Random House Audio (Publisher)
Info:Random House Audio (2018)
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:audiobook, 2018, ww2, england, historical mystery, mystery

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Historical Fiction combined with a mystery -- that is probably my genre of choice. Add to that a heroine like Maggie Hope, who is smart, capable, resourceful and perfectly embodies that 'Keep Calm and Carry On' British demeanor that we all love. And the setting is Britain during World War II. What is there not to love?

Well, I'm sure a math whiz like Maggie could figure out why all these variables don't add up to an amazing reading experience, but for me, the book doesn't quite tie together. The beginning descriptions of the setting on this remote Scottish island was perfect. I could feel the cold and smell the mustiness of an old castle. But as characters began to appear and die off, I realized that I just couldn't keep straight who was alive and who was dead. And even the characters off the island started to blend into the same person. It took me awhile to realize that other than Maggie and maybe one or two of the other women in the story, most of the characters are pretty flat and other than little idiosyncrasies like carrying around a stuffed fox, there wasn't enough character development to distinguish villains from heroes or survivors or victims. When the final murder was solved, there was definitely a WTF moment of feeling like the choice was arbitrary. Where were the little breadcrumbs of evidence that we could look back on and have a satisfactory aha moment.

So my rating would be 4 stars for the beginning and setting and 2 stars for the overall character and plot. ( )
  jmoncton | Oct 19, 2018 |
Maggie Hope knows too much about the plans of the Allied forces so she is being held on a remote Scottish island with other agents that also know too much. Little do they know that their ranks have been infiltrated by a German spy and that one by one this spy is killing them off while waiting to be pickup by a German U boat. Who is, how will they all protect themselves, will they survive until help comes?

Fascinating change of pace for the series. Lots of plot twists and character changes. Loved it! ( )
  cyderry | Oct 8, 2018 |
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Maggie Hope is a British spy in WWII. This is the latest in a series of books about her,only one of which I have read. Maggie is a great character, and it is not difficult to drop into this book without reading the earlier ones. I won’t spoil the plot, but it was an engrossing page-turner, well written with interesting details of place and especially its time. If you like strong female characters, engaging mystery and a bit of thriller action and a neat plot twist, this is for you.
  Helenoel | Sep 25, 2018 |
Rampant paranoia about the secrecy surrounding D Day sends Maggie to a Scotish Island which turns out to be a detention center for the SOE. Shades of Agatha as the inmates and keepers begin to be murdered in various ways. A violent storm cuts off access and help and a German submarine lurks. Maggie was safer in France than she finds herself seeking a murderer and finds several. This series continues to remain interesting and a worthwhile read. ( )
  jamespurcell | Sep 23, 2018 |
Maggie, because of her knowledge of the war plans, has been kidnapped by one of Churchill’s Generals and taken to an isolated island off Scotland’s coast. A new detainee has arrived and people start dying, one by one (like, “And then there were none”.) As the number slowly climbs to 5 a hurricane-like storm hits, people are accusing one another and a mystery woman appears living in the tower. DCI Durgin starts looking for Maggie to testify in a court case and comes up against a brick wall. He enlists Maggie’s old friend, Peter and together they discover where she is. ( )
  Kathy89 | Sep 8, 2018 |
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There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast. - Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter. - Ernest Hemingway, "On the Blue Water"
Am fear bhitheas trocaireach ri anam, cha bhi e mi-throcaireach ri bhruid. [He who is merciful to his soul will not be unmerciful to a beast.] - Gaelic Saying
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To the brave women and men of Britain's Special Operations Executive, who trained and taught at Arisaig House in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands.
Thank you to Sarah Winnington-Ingram, Kitty Rose Winnington-Ingram, Magnus Winnington-Ingram, and the entire family and staff of Arisaig House, who honor the memory of SOE agents who trained there and who helped me research this book.
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Always remember, when you're on the run, instinct will take over -- and if you're not careful, you'll become nothing more than an animal.
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"American-born spy and code-breaker extraordinaire Maggie Hope must solve a baffling series of murders among a group of captive agents on an isolated Scottish island as the acclaimed World War II mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Susan Elia MacNeal continues. Maggie Hope is being held prisoner on a remote Scottish island with other SOE agents who know too much for the enemy's comfort. All the spies on the island are trained to kill--and when they start dropping off one-by-one, Maggie needs to find the murderer... before she becomes the next victim"--… (more)

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