June 27, 2021

The Hollywood Spy

The Hollywood Spy (Maggie Hope #10)

by Susan Elia MacNeal

July 6, 2021
by Bantam

Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery &Thrillers

Los Angeles, 1943. As the Allies beat back the Nazis in the Mediterranean and the United States military slowly closes in on Tokyo, Walt Disney cranks out wartime propaganda and the Cocoanut Grove is alive with jazz and swing each night. But behind this sunny façade lies a darker reality. Somewhere in the lush foothills of Hollywood, a woman floats, lifeless, in the pool of one of California’s trendiest hotels. When American-born secret agent and British spy Maggie Hope learns that this woman was engaged to her old flame, John Sterling, and that he suspects her death was no accident, intuition tells her he’s right. Leaving London under siege—not to mention flying thousands of miles—is a lot to ask. But John was once the love of Maggie’s life . . . and she won’t say no.

Maggie is shocked to find Los Angeles as divided as Europe itself—the Zoot Suit Riots loom large and the Ku Klux Klan casts a long shadow. As she marvels at the hatred in her home country, she can’t help but wonder what it will be like to see her lost love once again. But there is little time to dwell on memories once she starts digging into the case. As she traces a web of deception from the infamous Garden of Allah to the iconic Carthay Theater, she discovers things aren’t always the way things appear in the movies—and the political situation in America is more complicated, and dangerous, than the newsreels would have them all believe.

Courtney’s Thoughts:

Maggie Hope is a force to be reckoned with! She’s traveled all over the world saving lives and solving crimes. This story follows her to Hollywood to solve the murder of a woman who may have been involved with the Nazi’s. Set in the 1940’s amidst the chaos of war, Maggie has her work cut out for her. She reconnects with an old flame, but the catch is it’s his fiancé’s murder they are trying to solve.

I had such a fun time reading this book. It’s easy to read these books out of order as this is my first Maggie Hope book, and I had no problem keeping up with the characters or their stories. Maggie is a strong-willed and wonderful character. She knows her worth and knows her skills. She won’t let anyone stop her no matter how difficult things get. After reading this book, I’m definitely interested in checking out the rest of the series.

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