I was disappointed in this latest offering in the Maggie Hope series. The plot was so implausible that, after a few chapters, I hurried to the back of the book, hoping for an author’s note. Sure enough, this plot was far-fetched but based upon truth. MI-6 and S.O.E. actually had a ‘cooler’ where the British intelligence community sent, what they deemed, their ‘unstable’ agents.
So why was I having such a hard time connecting with the story? Usually I adore Maggie Hope and the series. For one thing, I didn’t care about the other agents. There wasn’t enough of a back story on each of them for this reader to care whether they lived or died.
Just too many clichés for me. A castle and a stormy night, tripping over dead bodies, the wife locked in a castle tower. By this time in the series, Maggie is too high up in the espionage business to be unceremoniously thrown into an island prison by her own government! I couldn’t buy it. She has kept countless secrets for the realm, why is she not being trusted to keep this latest one?
Then in the last forty pages, or so, I felt like I’d been dropped into an action film, with bombs going off and Maggie having to swim for her life. It was disconcerting and unbelievable. I just wasn’t that excited about this book, but I remain a fan. The rest of the series is one of my favorites in this genre.
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