'Mr. Churchill's Secretary' by Susan Elia MacNeal
Published on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 9:35am
In Mr. Churchill's Secretary, author Susan MacNeal takes the reader to World War II London with great period detail describing the struggles and danger on the home front, from clothing coupons to bombing raids.
When British-born, American-raised Maggie Hope returns to Britain to settle her grandmother's estate in the summer of 1939, she ends up, despite her academic background in mathematics, at No. 10 Downing Street in a secretarial job where her predecessor was murdered. With her knowledge of mathematics and languages she finds herself involved in code breaking and also makes discoveries about her own family that threaten national security.
The first in a series, Mr. Churchill's Secretary was nominated, among several other awards, for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, by the Mystery Writers of America.
The Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club meets on the first Thursday of the month, at 6:30 pm, at Barnes & Noble, 12th and E streets NW. Next meeting is Sept. 5.