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The Hollywood Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery (udgave 2021)

af Susan Elia MacNeal (Forfatter)

Serier: Maggie Hope (10)

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Titel:The Hollywood Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery
Forfattere:Susan Elia MacNeal (Forfatter)
Info:Bantam (2021), 368 pages
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A likeable, smart, and very capable heroine - whether in wartime London, Paris, Washington DC, or now in sunny 1943 Hollywood - Maggie Hope makes any novel in the series a page-turner. I had only read the first one ("Mr. Churchill's Secretary"), and now this one, and find that it can be read as a stand-alone. But more than likely you'll want to go back and read the others (as I hope to do) because these stories have just the right amount of mystery to thriller ratio, combined with the historical sense of time and place.

World War II and Hollywood aren't a common pairing, so this was a fresh perspective that made the book all the more readable. Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan are the bad guys, and as Maggie's ex-fiancée John Sterling says, "L.A. looks like paradise, but it's just as dark as anywhere else." Maggie is there at John's request to solve a murder, and she discovers spies and double spies, racists, plots of destruction, as well as many of the big name stars of the day.

It is clear the author did her research and it brought that era to life - from the weather and smog, the Hollywood glamor, fashion, music, and celebrities. I liked how the themes of Hollywood's illusion vs. reality are observed throughout the story, as well as how popular movie quotes are inserted into the dialogue. If you're looking for a World War II novel that foregoes London's Blitz for sunshine, with a brilliant heroine whose investigations will keep you on the edge of your seat, this is the book for you. ( )
  PhyllisReads | Oct 23, 2021 |
Maggie Hope has come to Hollywood to help her friend and former fiancé, Captain John Sterling as he adjusts to the sudden death of his now fianceé, Gloria. John doesn't think that her death was an accident as the police have stated. Gloria worked for a German Nazi group and had testified against one of the chiefs in a sedition trial. The more Maggie and John look into the circumstances of the end of Gloria's life, the more they see of corruption, racism, police brutality, anti-semitism - it goes on and on.

The story was interesting but I don't think that it was on the same level as previous books. Maybe because of the subject matter and trying to fit too much into the storyline. ( )
  cyderry | Oct 18, 2021 |
Pre World War II—Politics and murder in LA !

Maggie Hope in 1943 Los Angeles up to her neck in plots involving the far right. Nazis, Ku Klux Klan, police adherents, and others. What seemed like the sad, accidental death of a young woman, Gloria Hutton, Maggie’s more-than-friend, Flight Commander John Sterling’s fiancé, turns into something else.
MacNeal has unveiled the racism and bigotry seeded in the nation. What I find shocking is it seems history is doomed to repeat itself. That’s the part that left me inwardly wincing and horrified.
There are depths overlaying John’s call-to-arms to Maggie. As Maggie uncovers the circumstances surrounding Gloria’s death, even more secrets are exposed.
A powerful addition to the Maggie Hope story.

A Random House - Ballantine ARC via NetGalley ( )
  eyes.2c | Sep 10, 2021 |
CW: one of the POV is a KKK member, so expect lots of racism, antisemitism, usage of slurs etc.

Probably more of a 3.5 but I’m rounding up.

I actually started reading this a while ago but abandoned it after a few pages coz I wasn’t in the mood. But it’s also one of the few longest series I have been following for a while, so I didn’t wanna totally give up and decided to read it for the readathon in August.

This was not an easy book to read, not because of the writing at all, but because of the time period it is set in. 1940s America, and specifically Los Angeles maybe outwardly glamorous because of Hollywood, but the other side of it is full of Nazis and fascists and racists fighting for their so called white America. So, the author uses some of the events that took place during those trying times to create an engaging murder mystery with large scale implications. I was actually surprised to know how many of the little subplots or people involved in the book were inspired by reality. While the book itself was fast paced and very interesting to read, I can’t say I liked reading the POV of a Klan member. But the author does manage to cover up the distaste we might feel at that POV by peppering the book with a lot of popular names of the times - Hollywood superstars and directors, musicians, singers, ballet artists, authors and playwrights - if you know your American movie/artistic history, I think you’ll find all of the references very enjoyable but unfortunately I’m a noob when it comes to this area, and I skipped the names coz they didn’t mean anything to me.

Maggie remains one of the bravest historical women I’ve read in the past few years and it’s always nice to return to read about her new adventure. I liked that we get to see more sides of her this time - the born American whose relationship with her birth country is troubled because she can’t reconcile the glamour and patriotism with the racism; the woman unsure about meeting the most love of her life; and the British service member who needs to make choices about her future while contemplating the various betrayals by her own superiors.

However, I’m not sure what I feel about John yet. He seems like a nice guy and does like her a lot, but I can’t make up my mind if he is good enough for Maggie. Sarah as always was a bright spot and I loved her friendship with Henri. The less I talk about the other POVs, the better. I definitely did miss David and the rest of the London gang.

To conclude, it was nice to be back among familiar characters. The murder mystery itself was pretty interesting but straightforward, and I thought the strength of the book was the vivid setting the author was able to create. The books ends on quite a surprising note and it looks like the proceedings will again move more into the Nazi territory, so I’m quite looking forward to that. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Maggie Hope in Hollywood! Sounds so glamourous, but this slice of 1943 Los Angeles is full of danger, propaganda, discrimination and possible murder. Maggie arrives to assist her former fiance, Captain John Sterling, in his investigation into the death of current fiancee. There is a lot going on, the descriptions of place and time are wonderful. I didn't know much about the history of Zoot Suits and the Zoot Suits Riots, which is one of the many ways this 1943 story doesn't seem all that long ago. ( )
  ethel55 | Aug 15, 2021 |
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