The Prisoner in the Castle

The Prisoner in the Castle

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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Bantam Books, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780399593826
Branch Call Number: FIC MacNe
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 25, 2018

I listened to this book as an audio download. Not my favorite of this series.

May 10, 2018

I also received an ARC of this book, but was hugely disappointed. Yes, there is a mystery—two, in fact—though the only one explored is why the “prisoners” keep getting knocked off one by one. It’s hard to sympathize with such wooden characters.
The main mystery has absolutely nothing to do with the war—just a story about a disgusting lecher and his buddies despoiling young women. Though James Durgin plays a role here, there is no romance between him and Mags, either.
There are too many improbabilities and loose threads that require the reader to suspend disbelief. In the end, this book strikes me as mere “filler”—simply to stretch out the series and string along loyal readers. IMHO, you won’t miss a thing if you skip this one.

Katherine_A Apr 26, 2018

I received access to an advance electronic copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have been a big fan of Susan Elia MacNeal and the Maggie Hope series for a while. This installment did not disappoint. Maggie is being held on an island off the coast of Scotland with fellow inmates who "know too much". Unfortunately, her stay on the island turns deadly for some of her fellow inmates. Once again, Maggie is put to the test using her incredible skills and grace to solve the mystery surrounding these deaths. Highly recommended for anyone who likes a great historical fiction mystery with a strong female lead.

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