The Prisoner in the Castle (Maggie Hope Mystery #8) by Susan Elia MacNeal

The Prisoner in the Castle (Maggie Hope Mystery #8)

American-born spy and code-breaker extraordinaire Maggie Hope must solve a baffling series of murders among a group of captive agents on an isolated Scottish island as the acclaimed World War II mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Susan Elia MacNeal continues.Maggie Hope is being held prisoner on a remote Scottish island with other SOE agents who know too much for the enemy's comfort. All the spies on the island are trained to k...


Details The Prisoner in the Castle (Maggie Hope Mystery #8)

TitleThe Prisoner in the Castle (Maggie Hope Mystery #8)
ISBN9780399593826
Author
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherBantam
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, War, World War II, Fiction
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Reviews The Prisoner in the Castle (Maggie Hope Mystery #8)

  • Cindy Burnett
    1970-01-01
    4.5 starsThe Prisoner in the Castle is the 8th Maggie Hope mystery and is an excellent addition to the series. In a departure from her earlier novels, MacNeal utilizes Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None strategy of eliminating characters one by one while the remaining individuals race to determine who the murderer is. As the book opens, Maggie and various other SOE agents are being held prisoner on the Isle of Scarra off the coa...
  • Susan Johnson
    1970-01-01
    The eighth story in this series owes a big tip of the hat to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. Set during WWII, Maggie Hope, is a secret agent for the British. She's just back from a dangerous mission when she is reassigned for special training on a very remote island in Scotland. Only when she arrives she discovers it's a cooling off place for agents that the government has deemed are too dangerous to use on missions or mix with the ge...
  • Paul
    1970-01-01
    The country-manor murders- ‘And Then Their Were None’ plot diverts enough for this one stand on its own. And if you’ve already been reading the Hope books, I think The Prisoner in the Castle will advance the series nicely.Full review here: http://paulspicks.blog/2018/06/26/the...All my reviews can be found on my blog: https://paulspicks.blog
  • Molly
    1970-01-01
    THE PRISONER IN THE CASTLEThe Prisoner in the Castle is a very enjoyable murder mystery set on the island Scarra off the Western coast of Scotland. British SOE agents, each fully trained to kill, are being kept there against their will for the duration of WWII due to a variety of secretive reasons. They start to die mysteriously one by one and tensions heighten with suspicions of one another. They are held in Killoch Castle, medieval in design an...
  • Geonn Cannon
    1970-01-01
    An excellent mystery, in the style of (ugh, I hate that phrase, but it really is applicable here) Agatha Christie mysteries. I didn't realize it was part of a series until I started reading. Some of it might have been better having read all the previous books (obviously) but it didn't affect the overall enjoyment of the story. Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Literary Soirée
    1970-01-01
    I’ve been anxiously awaiting news of Maggie Hope, WWII secret agent for the British, after we were left hanging in THE PARIS SPY. Thankfully, the newest chapter in this beloved series by Susan Elia MacNeal is as thrilling as thrilling can be!In an ever so polished nod to the Grand Dame of Mystery, this harrowing tale finds Maggie confined to a remote Scottish Island with other agents who are knocked off ... one by one ... in some quite spectacu...
  • Cara Putman
    1970-01-01
    I thoroughly enjoyed this latest installment in the Maggie Hope series. It has a gothic feel colliding with a Murder on the Orient Express vibe as Maggie is trapped in a castle with a lurid history. One by one the people on the island with her are murdered, and the remaining inmates are further secluded by a storm that prevents anyone from reaching them. Those on the island are all unique individuals, and I thought I had the culprit figured out t...
  • Chrysta
    1970-01-01
    This book is another wonderful installment in the Maggie Hope series!Maggie has been imprisoned on a remote Scottish island due to her knowledge of important war time happenings. She’s not the only one either. Other prisoners are there for similar reasons. Either knowing to much or being a threat to the war effort. Soon after another prisoner arrives on the island, murders begins to happen. First only seeming to be strange coincidences but as t...
  • Kate Baxter
    1970-01-01
    Yet another masterful work in the Maggie Hope Mystery series. Where previous books in the series are perhaps more action driven, the suspense in this story is more cerebral in nature. That is until the book draws near to the end, where the action accelerates, the scenes change quickly and it all draws to a pulse-pounding conclusion. The British agents, all broken goods in each own's way, banished to a remote Scottish island are dropping like flie...
  • Patricia Doyle
    1970-01-01
    The Prisoner in the Castle is the story of British Intelligence agents who are sent to Scarra Island for further ‘training’. In actuality, remote Scarra Island and its castle are a prison to remove those agents from the rest of the world. One by one, everyone on the island is being murdered. Sadly, this was not one of my favorite books. I believe the author took on too many characters to work into the story. As a result, those characters beca...
  • Sahitya
    1970-01-01
    Maggie is a brave, educated, strong young woman who I have come to love through the series. The ending of The Paris Spy was an unexpected cliffhanger and I was eagerly waiting for this installment, but unfortunately this was a disappointment.Nothing really happens on the Island of Scarra where all these agents are isolated and imprisoned. They start getting killed off one by one but and I thought Maggie would get an opportunity to investigate and...
  • Sahitya
    1970-01-01
    Maggie is a brave, educated, strong young woman who I have come to love through the series. The ending of The Paris Spy was an unexpected cliffhanger and I was eagerly waiting for this installment, but unfortunately this was a disappointment.Nothing really happens on the Island of Scarra where all these agents are isolated and imprisoned. They start getting killed off one by one but and I thought Maggie would get an opportunity to investigate and...
  • Debbie Maskus
    1970-01-01
    I found this book extremely fun. The story follows Agatha Christie's model of Ten Little Indians (Then There Were None), with 10 English spies stranded on a Scottish island during WWII, and then one by one the deaths begin. The reader and the living cast attempt to discover the killer among themselves before all are dead. While reading the story, I tried remembering Christie's story. I do remember the various movie versions. Susan Elia MacNeal pr...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    Ugh, nothing happened in this book. The main character wasn't integral to the plot at all, she was merely the vehicle through which we watched the story. She didn't find the bad guy, she didn't do a good job protecting her fellows, and she didn't [spoiler alert] even take down the bad guy on her own: he met his demise accidentally while she was trying to escape. This character is a strong, educated, brave woman when she's the leading lady; this b...
  • Katherine
    1970-01-01
    Maggie Hope finds herself prisoner on a rugged, remote island off the coast of Scotland, along with several questionable agents, in this captivating tale set during World War II. Each person on the island is a trained killer. Each is a British spy. Soon a body is discovered, the death thought to be caused by a heart attack, but when bodies continue to accumulate, Maggie has to work against an impending storm and the wild conditions of this Scotti...
  • Book Him Danno
    1970-01-01
    A very interesting concept for a mystery. A group of highly trained agents (all capable of murder with their bare hands) being restricted to a remote Scottish island without any communication with the outside world. When they start being murdered, and dropping like flies, suspicion and mistrust abound amoung the survivors. Can Maggie Hope (also being detained) solve the mystery and survive? The book must be read to determine the outcome.I have ra...
  • Bertha
    1970-01-01
    Susan Elia MacNeal's new book The Prisoner In The Castle is book 8 in her Maggie Hope Series. When I see a book that is part of a series I naturally assume that the main character will be front and center in the story line. That's not the case in this book. For me the character of Maggie never really took the lead. She came off as just another character in the book.The story line is reminiscent of Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians.I wanted mor...
  • Leslie
    1970-01-01
    Compelling WWII fiction, full of atmosphere, spies, and mystery. I've read #1 and now #8, and I have gotten myself into a dilemma, because I NEED to read everything in between to see how Maggie got to the mess at Scarra Island (so many books, so little time). I appreciate the background research that the author weaves into her story, and she keeps this series fresh by changing the scene and creating imaginative plots. Excellent mystery series.
  • Literary Soirée
    1970-01-01
    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟KEEPS YOU CAPTIVE!I’ve been anxiously awaiting news of Maggie Hope, WWII secret agent for the British, after we were left hanging in THE PARIS SPY. Thankfully, the newest chapter in this beloved series by Susan Elia MacNeal is as thrilling as thrilling can be!In an ever so polished nod to the Grand Dame of Mystery, this harrowing tale finds Maggie confined to a remote Scottish Island with other agents who are knocked off...
  • Gail
    1970-01-01
    When looking for inspiration, one could hardly do better than Dame Agatha Christie, which is exactly what author Susan Elia MacNeal has done. Her latest entry in the World War II era Maggie Hope series has looked to Christie's And Then There Were None for The Prisoner in the Castle's plot. MacNeal even gives Christie's work a nod (under its original title) with Maggie referencing it.In this incarnation of the classic plot, Maggie and other Britis...
  • Liz
    1970-01-01
    Always enjoy a Maggie Hope story and this one was no exception. Thank you Net Galley for allowing me the opportunity to read this book before it is published. The only downside to this good fortune is the wait will seem even longer for the next one in the series to come out. Maggie, our heroine in these stories, is a strong character and author MacNeal stays true to her character through out the series. I like how the book is laden with informati...
  • Suellen
    1970-01-01
    An Agatha Christie type mystery set on a Scottish island during WWII. The heroine in this series is Maggie Hope an SOE agent who is being held captive along with other captured agents. Maggie has to figure out who is picking off agents one-by-one before she becomes the next victim. This is the 8th book in the series. Rated: 3/5Advance Reading Copy disclosure:I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This d...
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    I received an advance copy of this Maggie Hope mystery, and loved it. Suspense, good mystery plot, great catch-up with characters from previous stories and well-developed new characters. Completely appropriate and satisfying ending. Maggie Hope fans will love this one.
  • Bibliothekerin
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this ARC. This 8th book in the Maggie Hope series is a stark contrast to the preceding books; it is quite a bit darker in tone, unrelenting from beginning to end. The mystery is not predictable, which is an improvement over earlier books; there are many twists and false turns before the truth is finally revealed. In this regard, MacNeal shows real growth as an author. Re...
  • Randee Green
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.Maggie Hope – American-born spy and code-breaker working for the British during World War II – returns in THE PRISONER IN THE CASTLE. The novel is the eighth in the Maggie Hope Mystery series by Susan Elia MacNeal, and it will be published on August 7th 2018 by Bantam.I am a huge fan of the Maggie Hope Mystery series, and I’m always excited to see what kind of new, top secret mission Maggie ...
  • Finnessa
    1970-01-01
    *Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for providing me with an early copy in exchange for an honest review.*2.5 starsThe Story~It's basically a reimagining of And Then There Were None. It's even mentioned in the book. It felt very long and meandering at times. Maybe it's because I haven't read any of the previous books and didn't have enough invested for it to feel quick and intense. The culmination didn't fit the otherwise slow bui...
  • Crittermom
    1970-01-01
    Imagine Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None played out on an island where British spies who are an “inconvenience” are kept.  The newest Maggie Hope mystery, The Prisoner in the Castle, reinterprets Christie’s classic plot in a manner that is fresh rather than derivative.  Maggie Hope was sent to Killoch Castle without explanation - her assumption is that she knows too much. After a new resident arrives, the deaths begin.  First...
  • Charlene Roberson
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced digital copy of this book in return for my review. Here is that review:I have grown to really love Maggie Hope!! She is an American, born in England, who was orphaned at a young age and raised by a single aunt in and around Boston. She inherited a house in London from a previously-unknown grandmother and travelled to England to see the house and possibly sell it. While there, war broke out and she was drawn ...
  • Katie
    1970-01-01
    My least favorite book in the Maggie hope series so far. I’m honestly upset that I had such a visceral reaction to this story because I loved The Paris Spy so much.The plot suffers from a large cast of characters who get picked off one by one in the same style as Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Following the plot structure of such a classic book was ambitious, and being able to compare the two did MacNeal’s book no favors. I had...