Maggie Hope is back, in World War II Paris, and things are not as light and neatly wrapped. The Paris Spy is a new release, and the seventh book in this mystery series. Maggie was a typist for Winston Churchill when we first met her; now she is an SOE (Special Operations Executive) spy living in Paris and keeping company with Coco Chanel. Sarah and Hugh are also spies for Great Britain, and Maggie’s half-sister, Elise factors in as well. Maggie’s mission is to find a traitor among the ranks, locate information crucial to the invasion of Normandy, and defend the validity and usefulness of the SOE; her personal mission is to find Elise, reconcile, and bring her home. As events unfold, this reader was not even sure Maggie would make it home alive.
MacNeal has returned with another winner. The Paris Spy has more meat to it than her previous novels, and relays the seriousness of war for all of her characters. I may know how the war ended, but I couldn’t assume the endings for any of these spies. It will be a long year waiting for another installment to see what happens next!