The Paris Spy (Maggie Hope Mystery #7)
American-born spy and code-breaker extraordinaire Maggie Hope secretly navigates Nazi-occupied France to find two brave women during the darkest days of World War II in the latest novel in this New York Times bestselling series—“a treat for WWII buffs and mystery lovers alike.” (Booklist, on The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent) Maggie Hope has come a long way since serving as a typist for Winston Churchill. Now she’s working undercover for the Special Operations Executive in the elegant but eerily silent city of Paris, where SS officers prowl the streets in their Mercedes and the Ritz is draped with swastika banners. Walking among the enemy is tense and terrifying, and even though she’s disguised in chic Chanel, Maggie can’t help longing for home. But her missions come first. Maggie’s half sister, Elise, has disappeared after being saved from a concentration camp, and Maggie is desperate to find her—that is, if Elise even wants to be found. Equally urgent, Churchill is planning the Allied invasion of France, and SOE agent Erica Calvert has been captured, the whereabouts of her vital research regarding Normandy unknown. Maggie must risk her life to penetrate powerful circles and employ all her talents for deception and spycraft to root out a traitor, find her sister, and locate the reports crucial to planning D-Day in a deadly game of wits with the Nazi intelligence elite.“You’ll be [Maggie Hope’s] loyal subject, ready to follow her wherever she goes.”—O: The Oprah Magazine

The Paris Spy (Maggie Hope Mystery #7) Details

TitleThe Paris Spy (Maggie Hope Mystery #7)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 8th, 2017
PublisherBantam
Rating
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II, Historical Mystery

The Paris Spy (Maggie Hope Mystery #7) Review

  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    The Paris Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal is a 2017 Bantam publication. I admit I have been hoarding this book. I read the first six in rapid succession, but when I realized I only had one left and there could be a long wait before book eight, I decided to hold on to this one a little while. But, my willpower gave out- LOL! When we last touched base with Maggie, she was headed to France with fellow SOE agents Hugh and Sarah. After a dull and dreary waiting period, she finally assumes her new identity The Paris Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal is a 2017 Bantam publication. I admit I have been hoarding this book. I read the first six in rapid succession, but when I realized I only had one left and there could be a long wait before book eight, I decided to hold on to this one a little while. But, my willpower gave out- LOL! When we last touched base with Maggie, she was headed to France with fellow SOE agents Hugh and Sarah. After a dull and dreary waiting period, she finally assumes her new identity and moves to the Ritz where she meets the infamous Coco Chanel. But, big trouble is brewing, and Maggie is desperate to find a SOE member she’s lost contact with and of course she’s still holding out hope that she might locate her sister. Intrigue is a constant hallmark of this series, with each installment becoming more and more intense as the world war becomes increasingly brutal and people have begun to sacrifice integrity for victory at any cost. This episode is a real nail biter! There is a lot going on, as always, and Maggie must be sharper than ever to keep from being found out. There are a few gut wrenching developments, but also some rays of hope where Maggie’s sister is concerned. I was on the edge of my seat for the last quarter of the book! It was action packed, emotionally draining, and unbearably suspenseful!!The ending is the only gripe I have because it is a serious cliffhanger and I will have to wait all the way until August to find out what happens next! UGH!! However, I am positive it will be well worth the wait!! 4.5 stars
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  • Kaitlyn Dunnett
    January 1, 1970
    This would have been a five if this book hadn't done the same thing the last one in the series did. The mystery was solved, the villain had been captured, and the plot had reached a satisfying resolution . . . and then there was another chunk of text leading up to a totally unnecessary cliffhanger. So now, again, readers have to wait a year or more to find out what happens next. If I like the author's voice and the characters in a series, I don't have to be tricked into buying the next book. Ide This would have been a five if this book hadn't done the same thing the last one in the series did. The mystery was solved, the villain had been captured, and the plot had reached a satisfying resolution . . . and then there was another chunk of text leading up to a totally unnecessary cliffhanger. So now, again, readers have to wait a year or more to find out what happens next. If I like the author's voice and the characters in a series, I don't have to be tricked into buying the next book. Ideally, each entry in a series should to be able to stand on its own. Leaving a few remaining loose ends is fine if they are small intriguing ones, but I really hate it when a novel ends with a large unresolved question about the protagonist's fate.
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    This is #7 of the Maggie Hope series. Maggie is an American spy on a mission in Paris to help with the defeat of Germany in WWII.Maggie works with other spies in Paris and they find themselves being interrogated and arrested by the Gestapo. Maggie was sent to Paris to find out what happened to another agent, Erica Calvert. Maggie is afraid she may have been captured. There are a few "cringe" moments, lots of suspense, and a sense of how devastating things were under Nazi occupation in Paris. I e This is #7 of the Maggie Hope series. Maggie is an American spy on a mission in Paris to help with the defeat of Germany in WWII.Maggie works with other spies in Paris and they find themselves being interrogated and arrested by the Gestapo. Maggie was sent to Paris to find out what happened to another agent, Erica Calvert. Maggie is afraid she may have been captured. There are a few "cringe" moments, lots of suspense, and a sense of how devastating things were under Nazi occupation in Paris. I enjoyed how the author highlighted the roles of strong women during the war.I really enjoyed the book! Anyone who enjoys historical fiction, World War II content, or series that follow a main character, will enjoy this very engaging read. I look forward to reading more in the series. My arc was through Netgalley. My rating 4/5Publication date August 8,2017
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  • Cindy Burnett
    January 1, 1970
    The Paris Spy is the seventh installment in the Maggie Hope series and my favorite book in the series. I began reading the series when MacNeal first wrote Mr. Churchill’s Secretary and always eagerly anticipate Maggie’s next adventure. The Paris Spy does not disappoint as Maggie navigates Nazi-occupied Paris on a mission to recover two individuals that have disappeared, one another SOE spy and the other her half-sister. Coco Chanel makes an appearance, and since Maggie is posing as an engaged so The Paris Spy is the seventh installment in the Maggie Hope series and my favorite book in the series. I began reading the series when MacNeal first wrote Mr. Churchill’s Secretary and always eagerly anticipate Maggie’s next adventure. The Paris Spy does not disappoint as Maggie navigates Nazi-occupied Paris on a mission to recover two individuals that have disappeared, one another SOE spy and the other her half-sister. Coco Chanel makes an appearance, and since Maggie is posing as an engaged socialite gathering her trousseau, there is a focus on 1940’s fashion which I thoroughly enjoyed. Paris is my favorite place to visit, and I was fascinated by MacNeal’s details regarding Nazi-occupied Paris (she clearly researched extensively). Even though I have read countless World War 2 books dealing with this time period in Paris, I was unaware that the Nazis made Paris operate on Berlin time (two hours ahead) and how silent the streets became because no one but Nazi officers drove cars for the most part. While it is common knowledge that the Nazis were horrifically cruel, the sections of the book describing atrocious Nazi behavior made my stomach turn and once again question how Germany managed to sink so low. On the flip side, I always love anecdotes about Parisians who resisted, and The Paris Spy contains many honorable Parisians subtly standing up for what they knew was right.This series is outstanding, and I highly recommend The Paris Spy (and the other 6 books before it). Thanks to Bantam for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Karen ⊰✿
    January 1, 1970
    This series just keeps getting better.In this instalment, Maggie heads over to occupied France to try and find a missing SOE agent and her half-sister. While staying at the Ritz (undercover as an Irish bride-to-be) she meets Coco Chanel, whom the author has portrayed (as per reporter Hal Vaughan's claims) as a Nazi sympathiser and anti-Semite.There was plenty of espionage and double-crossing and another cliff-hanger ending. Now to write that under a spoiler so I don't forget by the time book 8 h This series just keeps getting better.In this instalment, Maggie heads over to occupied France to try and find a missing SOE agent and her half-sister. While staying at the Ritz (undercover as an Irish bride-to-be) she meets Coco Chanel, whom the author has portrayed (as per reporter Hal Vaughan's claims) as a Nazi sympathiser and anti-Semite.There was plenty of espionage and double-crossing and another cliff-hanger ending. Now to write that under a spoiler so I don't forget by the time book 8 has been released.In the meantime, if you enjoy easy-to-read spy mysteries set in WWII, this may be right up your alley. Although the subject may not be fresh, the protagonist is, as it is not often you come across a female spy story in this time period!(view spoiler)[ Hugh kills himself rather than be continually tortured by the Germans. Sarah and Maggie escape to England. Maggie's sister stays at the nunnery in France. Maggie is offered a role in SOE managing their agents going into France and sending them as sacrifices in order to continue the ruse that the Germans have a double agent (he is now a triple one!). She refuses so they drug her and order her to be indefinitely detained) (hide spoiler)]
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  • The Library Lady
    January 1, 1970
    As someone else said so well, book by book Maggie has gone more and more from being a clever secretary to a superhero/action figure. Her books are beginning to feel as if they were scripted by Marvel Comics writers. Maggie powers through her adventures, with one lucky coinky-dink after another, with an absurd action sequence to get her out of trouble, followed by another annoying "cliff hanger" ending. It's like watching an old time "to be continued" serial at a movie of the period, with perhaps As someone else said so well, book by book Maggie has gone more and more from being a clever secretary to a superhero/action figure. Her books are beginning to feel as if they were scripted by Marvel Comics writers. Maggie powers through her adventures, with one lucky coinky-dink after another, with an absurd action sequence to get her out of trouble, followed by another annoying "cliff hanger" ending. It's like watching an old time "to be continued" serial at a movie of the period, with perhaps a touch of "MacGyver" And come on now, MacNeal isn't going to leave her in the latest predicament for long, or kill her off. Not when she can keep churning these books out.Maggie's Zelig moment in this book--striking up an acquaintance with Coco Chanel. Couldn't she possibly have taken a room at the Ritz in Paris and NOT bumped into a famous person first thing?Sigh. Brain candy. Pure brain candy. MacNeal's long bibliography at the end indicates she knows that the history underneath the yarn she is spinning is not amusing in the least. It's a pity that her books give pat resolutions to sad situations. The women she bases this stuff on deserve better.
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  • eyes.2c
    January 1, 1970
    The Germans wore grey.I adore Maggie Hope. She's right out of 'Girls Own Magazine', a patterned heroine with a grownup twist.In Paris Spy Maggie is once again in the thick of things. This time she's called in favours from 'high places' to get herself over to occupied Paris--at the Ritz of course! Now that's a cover!She meets Coco! (As a side tack Chanel was reputably an ant-Semite and she had a German lover, Baron Hans Günther von Dincklage.) MacNeal has Maggie meeting Dincklage at Maxims after The Germans wore grey.I adore Maggie Hope. She's right out of 'Girls Own Magazine', a patterned heroine with a grownup twist.In Paris Spy Maggie is once again in the thick of things. This time she's called in favours from 'high places' to get herself over to occupied Paris--at the Ritz of course! Now that's a cover!She meets Coco! (As a side tack Chanel was reputably an ant-Semite and she had a German lover, Baron Hans Günther von Dincklage.) MacNeal has Maggie meeting Dincklage at Maxims after the ballet. The inclusion of Chanel is seamless, brilliant and believable. Bravo MacNeal!I have to say MacNeal's descriptions of an occupied high society Paris swirl with undercurrents of a nervous desperation despite all the glitz that is portrayed is riviting.Maggie's search for her half sister Elsie has taken her to Paris right into the midst of things. The Gestapo, secret agents and double agents. Dirty tricks and dirty secrets.It would seem that agents are being compromised but the incompetent in charge of receiving SOE agent's messages is not taking notice.If a search can turn even more deadly it does and Maggie's cover is blown.What is at stake now becomes vital to the war effort. Maggie has some terrible truths to face. The ending had me on the edge of my seat and desperate for the next book. Another ripping Maggie Hope yarn!A NetGalley ARC
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  • Mary Keen
    January 1, 1970
    I think this book was well-written with descriptive passages. I almost didn't read it when I realized it was part of one of those series --but its being the first one I've read, it didn't seem predictable like that. I wouldn't read another of her Maggie series books tho'. I would have given this 5 stars, except for the inane, frivolous, totally improbable conversation (SPOILER) between the 2 women and the pilot toward the end. I wondered why anyone could possibly be dumb enough to accuse someone I think this book was well-written with descriptive passages. I almost didn't read it when I realized it was part of one of those series --but its being the first one I've read, it didn't seem predictable like that. I wouldn't read another of her Maggie series books tho'. I would have given this 5 stars, except for the inane, frivolous, totally improbable conversation (SPOILER) between the 2 women and the pilot toward the end. I wondered why anyone could possibly be dumb enough to accuse someone while that person is actively flying the plane you're in --or maybe just to fit in one more scary incident....?I also didn't appreciate the twist in the last sentence --sort of a clever, but cheap trick to get the reader intrigued to read the following book in the series.I did learn some interesting facts in the book about the decision to land at Normandy --which I've also researched elsewhere now. What the 2 women accomplished physically made me motivated to get stronger as you never know the future.The narrator did an excellent job except for a couple of pronunciation errors, which I noticed at the time, but have forgotten now.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    We are back with our beloved Maggie and spend a lot of time in German occupied Paris, and become completely immersed in the WWII time period. The Special Operations Executives are trying to bring information back to England to confirm the best landing spot for Allied troops, and we experience head on all that happens to these spies, and those who risk their lives to keep our freedom.This time our girl is supposed to be Irish lass, a rather rich one, who is shopping for her coming wedding. We the We are back with our beloved Maggie and spend a lot of time in German occupied Paris, and become completely immersed in the WWII time period. The Special Operations Executives are trying to bring information back to England to confirm the best landing spot for Allied troops, and we experience head on all that happens to these spies, and those who risk their lives to keep our freedom.This time our girl is supposed to be Irish lass, a rather rich one, who is shopping for her coming wedding. We then get to hobnail with the rich and famous, still remembering where we are and who is in charge.You will be sitting on the edge of your seat, and quickly turning pages to get to the answers here, and who will survive to go on to the next book, some really sad happenings, and then a bombshell as we fall off the cliff. Patiently waiting for the next book, not!I received the book through Net Galley and the Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Tony Hisgett
    January 1, 1970
    After finishing the book I was so annoyed I nearly didn’t bother writing a review.This is the seventh Maggie Hope book I have read and it’s the first I have actually hated. After an interesting prologue the first few chapters were boring and I began to wonder what Maggie was actually doing. I got fed up with the author trying to prove she was being historically accurate, which in the main, she wasn’t.I thought the last few chapters were promising and these might have saved the book, until the un After finishing the book I was so annoyed I nearly didn’t bother writing a review.This is the seventh Maggie Hope book I have read and it’s the first I have actually hated. After an interesting prologue the first few chapters were boring and I began to wonder what Maggie was actually doing. I got fed up with the author trying to prove she was being historically accurate, which in the main, she wasn’t.I thought the last few chapters were promising and these might have saved the book, until the unbelievable last page. Overall I hated the story and I hated the ending.
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  • nikkia neil
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine and netgalley for this ARC.Maggie Hope's stories are always thrilling and full of nervous moments. She's the female action star of historical mystery! I can't wait to see how she handles the cliffhanger at the end of this one.
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  • Penny
    January 1, 1970
    This is by far the best Maggie Hope mystery. Both the character and the author have matured and improved. Bravo!
  • Kate Baxter
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! This may well be the best book yet in the Maggie Hope mystery series - beautifully written by Susan Elia MacNeal. The scenes are taut with tension, the whole gamut of human emotion explored and detailed descriptions of elaborate and even sparse settings for every scene. Prepare to be transported to occupied Paris during the spring of 1942. Hear the jackboots pound the pavement; listen to the seductive native Parisian lilt speech and suffer the Germans slaughtering the French language. Smell Wow! This may well be the best book yet in the Maggie Hope mystery series - beautifully written by Susan Elia MacNeal. The scenes are taut with tension, the whole gamut of human emotion explored and detailed descriptions of elaborate and even sparse settings for every scene. Prepare to be transported to occupied Paris during the spring of 1942. Hear the jackboots pound the pavement; listen to the seductive native Parisian lilt speech and suffer the Germans slaughtering the French language. Smell the fresh baked baguettes; taste the Lafitte Rothschild wine and fresh oysters (although out of season); and luxuriate in fine champagne, all compliments of the occupiers. Juxtapose this against the harsh reality of true Parisian life as the locals virtually starve to death. If well written World War II historical fiction based on solid research is your thing, then this IS the book for you.I am grateful to author Susan Elia MacNeal, her publisher Random House/Bantam Books and Goodreads First Reads for having provided an advanced uncorrected copy of this book. Their generosity, however, did not influence this review - the words of which are mine alone.
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    Follow up for the endingI love the Maggie Hope books. This book was exciting. Some parts for desperate people in desperate situations. What happened at the end? It left us dangling until the next book? I dislike books that don't have a plausible ending. I could be dead before the next book is written and published. Why do authors do this to their dedicated readers? I feel cheated and my mouth is still open in disbelief on how the book ended.
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  • Lisa B.
    January 1, 1970
    In book #7 of the Maggie Hope series, we find out girl Maggie in Nazi occupied France. She has gone there undercover to search for a fellow SOE agent and her half sister.I honestly think I held my breath for most of this story. These are scary times and Maggie is not sure who she can trust. Little did I realize what would happen to Maggie at the very end.Ms. MacNeal has given us a real page turner. I have enjoyed going along for all of Maggie’s adventures. With the ending on this story, I am anx In book #7 of the Maggie Hope series, we find out girl Maggie in Nazi occupied France. She has gone there undercover to search for a fellow SOE agent and her half sister.I honestly think I held my breath for most of this story. These are scary times and Maggie is not sure who she can trust. Little did I realize what would happen to Maggie at the very end.Ms. MacNeal has given us a real page turner. I have enjoyed going along for all of Maggie’s adventures. With the ending on this story, I am anxiously awaiting the next book.ARC from Random House - Ballantine Bantam, via Netgalley.
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  • Jonathan
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent. I absolutely love this series, and can't wait for the next one!
  • Susie
    January 1, 1970
    The Paris Spy is the next installment of the Maggie Hope series by Susan Elia MacNeal. For fans of the series, this installment will not disappoint. I will say, though, that the cliff hanger endings seem to be escalating from book to book so I hope readers won't be looking for a tidy resolution just yet!In this book, as the title suggests, Maggie arrives in France where she tries to accomplish her mission and find her half sister. There are a number of new characters introduced, from mysterious The Paris Spy is the next installment of the Maggie Hope series by Susan Elia MacNeal. For fans of the series, this installment will not disappoint. I will say, though, that the cliff hanger endings seem to be escalating from book to book so I hope readers won't be looking for a tidy resolution just yet!In this book, as the title suggests, Maggie arrives in France where she tries to accomplish her mission and find her half sister. There are a number of new characters introduced, from mysterious new contacts in the network of spies to Coco Channel to a Nazi officer whose loyalties are not fully clear. The descriptions of Paris under Nazi occupation were very interesting, with details noted about what doors different people could use to enter and exit and the subtle ways the French chose to resist the occupation. The story is engaging as always and I found myself up half the night so I could find out what happened to Maggie and her friends. Fans of the Maisie Dobbs or Bess Crawford series will enjoy this series as well. This is historical mystery fiction writing with an engaging female lead at its best. I would suggest that new readers of this series start with the first book, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary.I will keep my fingers that the next book in this series comes out soon!
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    This is the fourth Maggie Hope novel that I've read and it affected me in a way that the others did not: this book illustrates the complicated morality present in politics and warfare.I am a fan of series fiction and read the other stories in this series as light entertainment. This book certainly doesn't have the pretense of being much more than that, but the subject matter (Paris during the German occupation) easily introduced the light, dark, and grey that is present on both sides of any conf This is the fourth Maggie Hope novel that I've read and it affected me in a way that the others did not: this book illustrates the complicated morality present in politics and warfare.I am a fan of series fiction and read the other stories in this series as light entertainment. This book certainly doesn't have the pretense of being much more than that, but the subject matter (Paris during the German occupation) easily introduced the light, dark, and grey that is present on both sides of any conflict. There are brief sections of the book that seem like boilerplate history texts (albeit elementary ones) of WW2, but the storyline also included the moral challenges presented to the British spy agencies--and, the Prime Minister. Is it appropriate to knowingly (and recklessly) risk lives to save a greater number? This book asks that question, and our heroine takes a strong stand.I enjoyed this book more than the others in the series because it did address these questions. Even on a sultry summer day, it is good to be reminded of the sacrifices made for our country's freedom.Net galley provided me with a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    The Paris Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal is #7 in the Maggie Hope Mystery series set during WWII. I have been an ardent fan of this series since the beginning, and I was rather surprised when I realized that we were to the seventh title already. Time really does fly when you’re having fun, or when you’re reading an amazing series. What first engaged me in this series was the absolute connection to Maggie in her surroundings, war-torn London. MacNeal had brought the feeling of walking down a bomb rava The Paris Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal is #7 in the Maggie Hope Mystery series set during WWII. I have been an ardent fan of this series since the beginning, and I was rather surprised when I realized that we were to the seventh title already. Time really does fly when you’re having fun, or when you’re reading an amazing series. What first engaged me in this series was the absolute connection to Maggie in her surroundings, war-torn London. MacNeal had brought the feeling of walking down a bomb ravaged street in London in 1939 into sharp focus for readers. Through Maggie Hope, we see history as if it’s unfolding before us. And, here we are at book #7, and the author has never wavered from bringing the reader into the scene, immersing us into a time and place where history so affected our future. It is now 1942, and Maggie, through her called-in favor from the Queen, is in Paris, which is occupied by the Germans, as is the rest of France--well, except for Vichy France, whose rule is maintained by a Nazi-collaborating Frenchman. But it is Paris, the city of lights, where Maggie awaits her documentation allowing her to enter daily life in this tightly controlled German military zone. What she finds when she does get her new identification and papers is a city covered in swastika banners and muted life. The city of lights has lost its once brilliance of color and amore. Posing as an Irish young woman who has come to Paris to shop for her bridal trousseau, Maggie settles into the Ritz Hotel, where the German Luftwaffe is headquartered. Because Ireland is neutral in the War, she is granted freedom to move around as she pleases. But, of course, there is always the watchful eye of the Gestapo and whoever may be collaborating with them. “Trust no one” is advice that is given to Maggie upon her entry into Paris. Her real purpose in getting herself smuggled into this dangerous place is to find a SOE, Special Operations Executive, agent whose communications have gone rather odd of late. Also, Maggie is in pursuit of her half-sister, who was last seen in Paris when she escaped from the safety of the SOE handlers. The characters include some with whom we are familiar from earlier books, and it certainly is to the reader’s advantage to have read the series preceding six stories, and there is a whole new cast of characters of German officers and French spies and the lovely addition of Coco Chanel. Coco’s befriending of Maggie is another avenue of exploring the conditions of occupied Paris, how the fashion capitol of the world dealt with fashion and its continuation through the hardships of war. Also, the inclusion of Maggie’s friends and fellow undercover agents, Hugh Thompson and Sarah Sanderson, who are part of the Paris ballet company, is a window into the arts in Paris at this time. The Germans may have been savages, but their interest in the finer things of life allowed the artistic and musical talent to survive, albeit under the strict regulations of the Nazi regime. On the line in these behind-the-scenes war efforts is the Allied invasion of France, keeping the location of Normandy a secret. It’s a win or lose the war move that Churchill and those working in the secret organizations of the British war-fighting machine are working to protect at all costs. Sacrifice has never meant more or been so great. Evil has never been more threatening to take over. This book may be my favorite yet in the Maggie Hope series, mainly because the history of Paris under Nazi rule is such a fascinating subject, and Susan Elia MacNeal spins a suspenseful, gripping story out of real people and circumstances, facing danger with their every step. There is no comfort of home or time off for the participants in this drama. Every day is a challenge to make through alive. The story will seize you with its life and death struggles in a fight to prevent the Nazi takeover of the world. The author recreates the feelings and sacrifices of these brave spies in this powerful narrative that will make it all too real to the reader. I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
     MY Review of "THE PARIS SPY"I enjoyed "The Paris Spy" by Susan Elia MacNeal. The genres of this story are Historical Fiction,  Fiction, and Mystery.  The timeline of the story is during World War Two, and takes place mostly in Paris, and London.This is the seventh novel in a series of books. This is the first book that I have read, but I found it easy to keep up with the characters. I don't think it is necessary to read the other books, but I would like to.The author describes the characters as  MY Review of "THE PARIS SPY"I enjoyed "The Paris Spy" by Susan Elia MacNeal. The genres of this story are Historical Fiction,  Fiction, and Mystery.  The timeline of the story is during World War Two, and takes place mostly in Paris, and London.This is the seventh novel in a series of books. This is the first book that I have read, but I found it easy to keep up with the characters. I don't think it is necessary to read the other books, but I would like to.The author describes the characters as complex and complicated. There is loyalty and betrayal, and good and evil.  Maggie Hope goes to Nazi-occupied France to look for two women. Maggie is working undercover and is pretending to be Irish and looking at Paris fashions for her wedding. She is staying at the elegant Ritz Hotel that is has swastika banners all over. She gets to meet Coco Chanel, who is staying there. I appreciate the research of World War Two activities in Paris and France, and how the emotional upheaval is evident. The author's descriptions of the surroundings , landscape and people is interesting.  There is espionage, double agents, and hazards,It is a very dangerous time, and other agents are missing, and communication seems to be difficult. Who do you trust? I found this novel to be exciting, captivating, intriguing and enjoyable, and would highly recommend this. I look forward to reading more novels in this series by the author. I received this Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I won a proof edition of this book (yes, the draws are real, and yes it could happen to you!). Thank you very much for choosing me - I was so happy to not have to wait until August!I think that this, the 7th installment of the adventures of Maggie Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal, is the best one yet.I've enjoyed all of them, but this one had less of the romance and more of the history and mystery that I love. It is somewhat drier, and does do without some of the cutesy moments that appeal to some fan I won a proof edition of this book (yes, the draws are real, and yes it could happen to you!). Thank you very much for choosing me - I was so happy to not have to wait until August!I think that this, the 7th installment of the adventures of Maggie Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal, is the best one yet.I've enjoyed all of them, but this one had less of the romance and more of the history and mystery that I love. It is somewhat drier, and does do without some of the cutesy moments that appeal to some fans more than others. I just felt that it dealt with the times more directly and realistically than some of the earlier books. I have enjoyed the entire series, but am from time to time pulled out of earlier events by too much coincidence or speculative interaction with real people.The bravery of those who went into occupied Europe cannot be understated - as more and more documents are released or uncovered by the Official Secrets Act, the extent of the conditions and sacrifices that they made (and the betrayal that they endured) is more clearly revealed.As usual, the condescension towards the females in the stories is annoying - but not inaccurate; read a few novels of the day (depending on the writer, the "don't worry your pretty little head" treatment of women is pretty common!).I am not missing Maggie's parents story line at all - served the purpose a few books ago.What levels will a government go to preserve a course of action that they have set themselves upon?That's the question we ask ourselves as citizens, as participants in the actions of our own day - I am very much looking forward to what Maggie does next!Note - this IS the 7th book - and while you could read it without reading the others first, why would you?I am a huge believer in reading a series in order, and reading all the books in the series. I have put down books on discovering that I have not read the preceding books in the series.I think this is important for a couple of reasons - getting the full series of events and character development; and joining the author on their writing journey and progression. That isn't as important for some people, but I really do feel that it does the later books an injustice to skip all the details that come before!
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  • Melodie
    January 1, 1970
    An OK read, but nowhere near the quality of Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series. Too many "coincidences" and chance meetings with famous people, i.e. Coco Chanel. 2.5 stars at best, but feeling generous and going up .5 stars rather than down. OK to pass the time, but other books I really WANT to read are calling out to me. Don't think I'll go farther with this series.
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  • Sona
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Really enjoy this series, only wish they recapped some of the events from the previous book rather than alluding to them, to make some aspects of this story clearer.
  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    I was hesitant to read "Paris Spy" for fear it would b too romance novelly and it was a bit but the World War ll aspect as well as the character building far outweighed that. Its not too often endings catch me so off guard but this one absolutely did. Apparently Maggie Hope is an ongoing feature of this series and this is the first novel I've read so I felt lost at times but not completely though enough to recommend to others to read the books in succession. I was struck by the realism and by th I was hesitant to read "Paris Spy" for fear it would b too romance novelly and it was a bit but the World War ll aspect as well as the character building far outweighed that. Its not too often endings catch me so off guard but this one absolutely did. Apparently Maggie Hope is an ongoing feature of this series and this is the first novel I've read so I felt lost at times but not completely though enough to recommend to others to read the books in succession. I was struck by the realism and by the brutality of some plot points. The writing wasn't bad either. I suppose,I'd call it serviceable but that did not take away from the action and the character analyses were outstanding. I'm dteremined to go back and start at the beginning of the series. Hope you enjoy your journey too should you decide to travel it.Thank you to the publisher for providing an e-copy.
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  • Daniella Bernett
    January 1, 1970
    Steeped in intrigue, "The Paris Spy" is a multilayered spy/mystery thriller that vividly depicts the fraught tensions and sacrifices made during World War II. I couldn't put this book down.
  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Exciting new chapter with a "oh no!" Ending. When is book #8 due out?
  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    I think this may be the best one yet. And that says a lot, because the entire series is pretty great. In this, Maggie Hope is in Paris to find a missing operative and to hopefully track down her half sister who went missing when they were attempting to extract her. Sarah and Hugh are also working on their own objectives. Plus there is a mole that they need to uncover. Coco Chanel also makes an appearance and that part is especially realistic. The author clearly did her research there. For anyone I think this may be the best one yet. And that says a lot, because the entire series is pretty great. In this, Maggie Hope is in Paris to find a missing operative and to hopefully track down her half sister who went missing when they were attempting to extract her. Sarah and Hugh are also working on their own objectives. Plus there is a mole that they need to uncover. Coco Chanel also makes an appearance and that part is especially realistic. The author clearly did her research there. For anyone that is excited to read this when it comes out, let me just tell you that you will not be disappointed. Also, this ends on quite a cliff hanger, so I am looking forward to seeing how Maggie gets herself out of the next mess she has found herself in.
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  • The Lit Bitch
    January 1, 1970
    The Maggie Hope mystery series is part mystery and part spy….probably heavier on the spy side but it has murder mystery elements woven in for variety. Some might argue that this series isn’t sure what it is….is it spy or mystery but in my opinion, I like the variation. It keeps thing exciting for me, having a character solve murders in one book and then go on a spy mission in another book.I’ve been a fan of this series for some time now and though I haven’t loved every book, I love Maggie as a c The Maggie Hope mystery series is part mystery and part spy….probably heavier on the spy side but it has murder mystery elements woven in for variety. Some might argue that this series isn’t sure what it is….is it spy or mystery but in my opinion, I like the variation. It keeps thing exciting for me, having a character solve murders in one book and then go on a spy mission in another book.I’ve been a fan of this series for some time now and though I haven’t loved every book, I love Maggie as a character and always excited to see where life will take her next.One thing I have always wanted for Maggie was a prince charming. Not because she needs that as a female character, but because I like her so much and I want her to find love. Ever since she fell in love in the first book, I’ve been hoping someone will come in and sweep her off her feet. I like that different options have circulated in and out of the different books, but I am hoping that sometime soon a HEA will find Maggie and a love connection will be more evident. In this book there was really no true love interest. In some weird way I was hoping that Christian would become more of an interest but that never materialized. The more I read though the less I cared about the love interest and the more anxious I became about her being stuck in occupied France.I love war history and especially espionage. Plus the whole setting (occupied France) adds a layer of mystique to the story for me. There is something about the occupation that really intrigues me when it comes to WWII history and I love how the author uses that sense of mystery and intrigue with the setting to make the story more suspenseful. I was perpetually worried for Maggie and her other friends being deep in enemy territory.I also wanted to know so much more about the women who went undercover and on these dangerous missions, especially the captured ones. I was so happy that the author included a list of works consulted at the end so for those who were interested because I was definitely interested in reading more about the real life stories of those women. I think that MacNeal goes to great lengths to make her stories authentic and true to history, and that’s evident by the amount of consulting she does.This book kept me reading late late late into the night. I was wholly invested in the story and characters and sad about how some of their situations ended, but that’s what will keep me reading this series, what will happen to the characters and Maggie now that life has been drastically altered for some of them? The only thing that was a little hokey for me and a little too neat was the appearance of Coco Chanel. I felt like there had to be a better way for Maggie to get connected with the Nazi inner circle than a chance meeting in the hotel lobby. For me it just was too convenient. Maggie didn’t really have to do anything to set herself up in the right channels in France, so for me that made Maggie look a little in experienced as a spy. Sure she had a limited amount of time in France and she made a last minute decision to get air dropped into France in the last book so no time for a cover story etc but at the same time, meeting Chanel in a hotel lobby when she happens to be wearing a Chanel dress and then boom she’s in with the Nazis made it all seem a little too neat.But with that said, it was a minor stylistic issue for me and ultimately I accepted it and kept reading, focusing instead on how Maggie was surrounded by danger. After this book I was worried that there wouldn’t be many more novels which makes me sad because I love this series so much but I was pleased to hear that at least 2 more books are planned so until then I am eagerly awaiting the next installment of Maggie Hope!See my full review here
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    The Paris Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal is the seventh novel in A Maggie Hope Mystery series. Maggie Hope is in agent with SOE—Special Operations Executive. She is in occupied Paris waiting for the documents she needs to start her assignment. Maggie wants to find her missing half-sister, Elise Hess and fellow spy, Erica Calvert. Erica had been sent to get soil samples England needs to plan its invasion. They know that Erica was captured, but they do not know where she hid the samples she obtained. M The Paris Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal is the seventh novel in A Maggie Hope Mystery series. Maggie Hope is in agent with SOE—Special Operations Executive. She is in occupied Paris waiting for the documents she needs to start her assignment. Maggie wants to find her missing half-sister, Elise Hess and fellow spy, Erica Calvert. Erica had been sent to get soil samples England needs to plan its invasion. They know that Erica was captured, but they do not know where she hid the samples she obtained. Maggie is curious how the enemy discovered that Erica was an agent—could there be a mole in their department. Maggie assumes the identity of Paige Kelly and checks into The Ritz. She did not count, though, on meeting inquisitive Coco Chanel. Maggie will need to work carefully and strategically to get the intel she needs, find her sister, discover what happened to Erica, retrieve the missing samples and get herself out of France. Join Maggie on her latest mission in The Paris Spy!The Paris Spy is well-researched and contains good writing. I liked the addition of Coco Chanel. I did find the pace to be slow (good for my insomnia, but not for reading). There is a significant amount of historical detail which makes an accurate book, but, in fiction, can make a boring book. At times, it felt like I was reading a nonfiction novel instead of fiction. Maggie is portrayed as a strong female character (most of the time), which I really appreciate. There are not enough strong, female role models in cozy mysteries. My rating for The Paris Spy is 3 out of 5 stars. The guilty party (the mole) was easily identifiable. I was hoping it would be more of a challenge. Maggie not being an experienced spy showed in this story. She always seemed to be on edge and scared (I can understand the feeling, but she is a spy—albeit an inexperienced one—and should be careful in public). I was surprised that she was not captured by the Germans the first day. I had a difficult time wading through The Paris Spy and the ending was dissatisfying. History is one of my favorite subjects (especially WWII), but The Paris Spy missed the mark for me. I felt the author missed a great opportunity with this novel. I have decided not to continue with this series.
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  • Marilyn Watson
    January 1, 1970
    The latest story of Susan Elias MacNeal, The Paris Spy, has all the smoothness of a Chàteau Lafitte Rothschild. The descriptions are lovely on the Rue Saint Honorè, a boulevard filled with People- though there is the palatable taste of fear mixed with patriotism. I can actually see Paris like a downtrodden flower, with rainy streets trampled by the Germans. The darkness, filled with humiliation for some... beauty and fashion for others.Maggie Hope has a job to do for Intelligence. She is posing The latest story of Susan Elias MacNeal, The Paris Spy, has all the smoothness of a Chàteau Lafitte Rothschild. The descriptions are lovely on the Rue Saint Honorè, a boulevard filled with People- though there is the palatable taste of fear mixed with patriotism. I can actually see Paris like a downtrodden flower, with rainy streets trampled by the Germans. The darkness, filled with humiliation for some... beauty and fashion for others.Maggie Hope has a job to do for Intelligence. She is posing as a neutral Irishwoman coming to buy her trousseau and accidentally meets the famous Coco Chanel. They attend the ballet and Moulin Rouge together. That opens the door to the fashionable among the Germans and the French. Four other Agents are there in the huge gathering and an arrest occurs. Two of those four are friends of Maggie and she will not rest until they all complete their Assignments. British Agents have been signing in with information in code and leaving off their security checks. It is vital the Germans do not have the codes.Tension is high as the SOE has a mission to complete and the alternative is death for thousands of Soldiers if any leaks occur.MacNeal, writes descriptively of the life that the Parisians had in the midst of a takeover by the Germans.The beautiful Women, that German Officers pursued in their boredom, with drink and fashion... may be Collaborators or something else. But the Author also masters the wartime terror of the Agents sent in to bring back information. For those outside the favor of the Nazi Officers are dealt a much different treatment than most of France. They see only starvation and torture.I have always loved WWII research and the detail that goes into these stories. The glamour of mixing artists and actresses with the descriptions of creativity in a Country at War and the horror seem to go hand- in -hand. The little vignettes of courage were touching that those people who went into intelligence faced. For they knew the risks when they were sent behind enemy lines and went anyway. They did not take the easy way out.I found this book well researched and incredibly moving for the sake of its contents. The tension kept me on the edge of my seat. I read this in one night and couldn't sleep until I had finished it.My thanks to Netgalley and Bantam
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