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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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Please see my review on Amazon.com under C. Wong. Thank you. ( )
  Carolee888 | Nov 18, 2018 |
Susan Elia MacNeal’s eighth book in her Maggie Hope WWII series, The Prisoner in the Castle is an homage to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Maggie Hope, a British spy whose last assignment was in France for Britain’s SOE, now resides in a deserted castle on a Scottish island with other British spies.

No one but a few government officials know where they are or why. When a dead body turns up, the spies are concerned, and that concern turns to fear when one by one the residents of the castle are murdered.

Maggie teams up with Sayid, an attractive doctor, to figure out what is going on and to try and stay alive. The problem they all have is knowing whom to trust. They are all spies, trained to gain the trust of people and then betray that trust.

MacNeal does a great deal of research for her books, and if you close your eyes, you’d swear that you are right there in the castle, on that island. There is an incredibly tense scene near the end, with Maggie’s life in danger, that will have your heart pounding as you turn the pages. ( )
  bookchickdi | Nov 15, 2018 |
This book was a complete rip off of An Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, only much worse. Did not want to finish but it was for a book club. I skimmed the last 1/3rd of the book. Will not be reading any more books from this series. ( )
  she_climber | Nov 11, 2018 |
Maggie Hope knows too much about plans for D Day so she is imprisoned on a Scottish Island with a group of other “failed, but dangerous” British agents. In this version of a locked room mystery, one by one they are murdered. Who is the murderer and why? A bit hard to keep track of the characters, but well written and Maggie is great. ( )
  pennykaplan | Oct 22, 2018 |
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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 |
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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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