From Goodreads: “Could a stolen violin be linked to a serial killer terrorizing London during World War II? Only secret agent extraordinaire Maggie Hope knows in this riveting mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Churchill’s Secretary.”
I had no idea what to expect after reading MacNeal’s last book in the Maggie Hope series. That one was so enjoyable after slogging through a couple in the series that I didn’t enjoy as much as the original book, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary.
In The King’s Justice, the ninth book in the Maggie Hope series, (released in February 2020) Maggie is in full avoidance mode, after seeing and doing some things she never would have thought imaginable a few years before. Smoking, drinking, driving around recklessly on a motorbike, you name it, Maggie is doing everything but processing the psychological pain she is experiencing. All that changes when another serial killer shows up in England. DCI Durgin, Maggie’s sort-of boyfriend, coaxes her to help on the case. And we’re finally off on another adventure.
As implied, it takes a while for the story to take off, but when it does, it is satisfying. One question that needs to be answered is where is Maggie’s mother? We kind of find out, but are left with more questions than answers. Another cliffhanger! I originally came to this series about a year ago when I won a copy of Mr. Churchill’s Secretary and the cliffhangers at the end of the books didn’t bother me as much as they do now that I’m all caught up. I may or may not continue to read the series as future books are published based on this fact. Most annoying. I’ve read plenty of other series’ books that don’t fall into that trap; they write memorable characters that people want to read more about.
This is most definitely a series that needs to be read in order, so start with Mr. Churchill’s Secretary and work your way up to The King’s Justice. It’s a good series, if a bit uneven at times. I really like the modern feminist vibe set in WWII London.
I received and ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy) from NetGalley for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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