It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .
Today I'm featuring a current read, Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal. The excerpts shared are from a trade paperback version I received at last week's Random House December Open House.
Half an hour before Diana Snyder died, she tidied up her desk in the typists' office of the Cabinet War Rooms.
"I would say to the House, as I've said to those who have joined this Government, I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and suffering," intoned Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill to the House of Commons and the British nation in his first speech as the new Prime Minister.
What do you think? Would you continue reading?This novel is the first book in the Maggie Hope Mystery Series, a series I have been meaning to start since it first appeared in the book world in 2012. It's a natural fit for me because I love the historical mystery genre, particularly series which are set in war-time London.
It would probably have taken several more months (or longer) for me to gravitate to the series had it not been for an historical fiction author panel at the recent Random House Open House I attended. Not only was it a treat to listen to Ms. MacNeal in conversation with authors Amy Bloom and Elizabeth Letts (and moderated by Reading with Robin's Robin Kall), I also came away with a copy of Mr. Churchill's Secretary in my gift bag. While it might take a while to catch up (The Prisoner in the Castle, the eighth book in the series, was published this year), I anticipate it will be a wonderful reading journey.
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