Sunday, December 17, 2023

On My Radar: Susan Elia MacNeal's The Last Hope!


This post is both good and bad news. The good news is that Susan Elia MacNeal has a new Maggie Hope historical mystery coming out. The bad news is that it's Maggie's last adventure. 

I've been a fan of Susan's series since the first book, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. I had the good fortune to meet her at The Poisoned Pen, and after her event, she came along with author Paige Shelton and me to the Cornish Pasty Company for a meal. This is when she told me that my review of Mr. Churchill's Secretary had been the first she'd read. But let's abandon Memory Lane and move on to her newest book!

Available May 21, 2024!


"All will be revealed in the no-holds-barred finale of the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-nominated Maggie Hope series as the intrepid spy teams up with fashion designer—and possible double agent—Coco Chanel to bring down the physicist behind Nazi Germany’s nuclear program.

Maggie Hope has come a long way since she was Mr. Churchill’s secretary. In the face of tremendous danger, she's learned espionage, sabotage, and reconnaissance. But things are different now that she has so much to lose, including the possibility of a family with John Sterling, the man who’s long held her heart.

British Intelligence has ordered Maggie to assassinate Werner Heisenberg, the physicist who may deliver a world-ending fission bomb for Germany: she’s shaken by the assignment. An assassination is unlike anything she’s ever done. How can the Allies even be sure Nazi Germany
has a bomb? Determined to gather more information, Maggie travels to Madrid, where Heisenberg is visiting for a lecture.

At the same time, couturier Coco Chanel has requested a meeting with the undercover agent. Chanel, a spy in her own right, with ambiguous loyalties, is meeting with the British Ambassador in Madrid—and has requested Maggie join them. And Chanel provides the perfect cover for Maggie’s trip to Spain. The two play cat and mouse as Maggie tries to get a better understanding of Heisenberg. But the most shocking curveball is from the most intimate player: Maggie’s own mother has kept a hand in the war—and has secrets of her own to share.

Maggie desperately wants to find her “happily-ever-after,” but as the war reaches a fever pitch, the stakes keep rising. Now, more than ever, the choices she makes will reverberate around the globe, touching everyone she loves—with fateful implications for the future of the free world.
This sounds like a barn-burner of an ending to the series, doesn't it? Wow! 
As much as I hate to see this series end, I know that this very talented writer has other stories to tell us, and-- after reading The Last Hope-- I'm looking forward to them.


  1. I see you are reading a Steve Cavanaugh book. I've read and loved two of his. You are reminding me to get one of his books with his ex-con defense lawyer. I laugh my way through his books.

    1. This is the second Cavanagh I've read, neither of which have been funny (so far). The one I'm reading now is an Eddie Flynn.

    2. Thirteen by Cavanagh is really good. Got me started on the Eddie Flynn series, although my library doesn't have the whole series.

    3. I managed to get an ARC of Cavanagh's book coming out in March, Kill for Me, Kill for You. I'm looking forward to reading it-- and I'm enjoying trying to figure out which sister is the guilty one in his Fifty Fifty.

  2. I am behind on this series. Will have to look at which was the last one I read. Sorry to see it end, but I agree that this talented author has more stories to tell. On the plus side, I'll make it a point to see where I left off. :-)

  3. This is one of those series, Cathy, that I've wanted to try, and that there's no real excuse for me not to try, but that I haven't tried. There's a long list of those... At any rate, thanks for the reminder. And oooooh, there's the Martin Walker that's on my list! Hope you're enjoying it.

    1. Yes, I am enjoying the Walker-- and try MacNeal's series!!!

  4. This one does sound like a suspenseful one! It's also another series on my list to try someday. You know how it goes. ;D


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