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The Queen's Accomplice: A Maggie Hope Mystery    by Susan Elia MacNeal order for
Queen's Accomplice
by Susan Elia MacNeal
Order:  USA  Can
Bantam, 2017 (2017)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

The saga of Maggie Hope continues in his latest adventure that finds Churchill's special agent once again called upon to tackle a dangerous assignment to further England's war effort.

The Blitz has set London afire but another problem is also causing consternation and creating a situation the local authorities are having a terrible time dealing with. Under cover of darkness and the mayhem created by the German bombing raids, a serial killer is attacking and mutilating young women in a seeming reenactment of Jack the Ripper's rampage.

The madman's victims also are young women who have been enlisted to serve as members of the prime minister's special group of spies and saboteurs. MI-15 realizes the Blackout Beast, the name they have given the killer, must be stopped and Maggie is assigned the case to work with the city's police force. But when a trap is set to catch the Blackout Beast, it nearly backfires as Maggie becomes his next target.

As Susan Elia MacNeal increases the action in the final 60 pages of this adventure so much happens so quickly that there is a little plausibility issue, but that probably won't bother most of the author's loyal followers. These readers will also probably appreciate the fact that the closing sentence nicely sets up the plot for the next book in the series too.

With six novels in this best selling series, the reader has come to not only appreciate Maggie's special abilities but the fact that her family and friends have also become an intricate part of these stories. That continues to be true in this situation as well. Maggie's sister again has a cameo role and obviously it won't be long before the young woman is smuggled out of Germany and the siblings are reunited.

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