Saturday, July 18, 2015

Maggie Hope Witnesses the Churchill/Roosevelt WWII Interaction and Averts a Scandal

Again a member of Churchill's staff, Maggie travels with him to Washington, DC for the meeting between Churchill and Roosevelt to negotiate a treaty for the US entrance into the war. The two men get along from the beginning, sharing the worries of the war in Europe and enjoying cocktails (Roosevelt) and Scotch (Churchill).

A young woman who worked for Eleanor Roosevelt is murdered and a scandal is brewing. Maggie becomes involved at Churchill's request trying to avert the bad publicity. Eleanor is also trying to get the president to intervene in the death penalty for Wendell Cotton, a fifteen-year-old black boy. There is a much darker side to the case than first appears.

John Sterling, Maggie's lover, who was spirited out of Germany while Maggie was there on a special assignment, is also part of the Churchill staff. He and Maggie intend to renew their relationship, but their assignments keep getting in the way.

The historical detail is excellent. The interactions between Churchill and Roosevelt appear to be accurate. Likewise the portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt is illuminating. The author has done a good job of bringing this critical period to life.

It isn't necessary to read the other books in the series to enjoy this one, but it helps. The characters have a great deal of past history that motivates them. Although the author brings in some of the past, I think it's better to have read about it. 

The mystery is intriguing, but for me, it took second place to the view of the main characters. If you enjoy a WWII story combined with a mystery, you'll enjoy this book. I think it's the best Maggie Hope
so far.

I reviewed this book for Net Galley.