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Maggie Hope is off to California to solve a crime that hits too close to home - and confront the very evil she thought she had left behind in Europe - as the acclaimed World War II mystery series from New York Times best-selling author Susan Elia MacNeal continues. 

“A swift, vibrant novel that peels back the asbestos curtain on the complex history of Los Angeles, home to heroes and villains.” (Steph Cha, author of Your House Will Pay)

Los Angeles, 1943. As the Allies beat back the Nazis in the Mediterranean and the United States military slowly closes in on Tokyo, Walt Disney cranks out wartime propaganda and the Cocoanut Grove is alive with jazz and swing every night. But behind this sunny façade lies a darker reality. Somewhere in the lush foothills of Hollywood, a woman floats lifeless in the pool of one of California’s trendiest hotels.

When American-born secret agent and British spy Maggie Hope learns that this woman was engaged to her former fiancée, John Sterling, and that he suspects her death was no accident, intuition tells her he’s right. Leaving London under siege is a lot to ask. But John was once the love of Maggie’s life...and she won’t say no. 

Maggie struggles with seeing her lost love again, but what’s more shocking is that her own country is as divided and convulsed with hatred as Europe. The Zoot Suit riots loom large in Los Angeles, and the Ku Klux Klan casts a long shadow everywhere. But there is little time to dwell on memories once she starts digging into the case. As she traces a web of deception from the infamous Garden of Allah to the iconic Carthay Circle Theater, she discovers things aren’t always the way things appear in the movies - and the political situation in America is more complicated, and dangerous, than the newsreels would have them all believe.

©2021 Susan Elia MacNeal (P)2021 Random House Audio

Ce que les critiques en disent

The Hollywood Spy is a swift, vibrant novel that peels back the asbestos curtain on the complex history of Los Angeles, home to heroes and villains, including both homegrown Nazis and run-of-the-mill racists and segregationists during the volatile days of World War II.” (Steph Cha, author of Your House Will Pay)

“Unbelievable timeliness in this gutsy, brilliant look at 1940s Southern California and its bygone ties to Hitler’s regime. Susan Elia MacNeal reveals the tarnished underbelly lurking beneath the glamour of the Golden Age of Hollywood, showing readers that her pen continues to be as sleek and daring as Maggie Hope herself.” (L.A. Chandlar, author of the Art Deco Mystery series) 

The Hollywood Spy is an absolute triumph. Maggie Hope is as irresistible a heroine as ever, and while she’s been to hell and back, her brilliance, empathy, and strength shine through in equal measure.” (Hilary Davidson, author of Her Last Breath

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Petulant and Immature

The character seems to be regressing. Forget plucky, she is petulant. Not expecting a perfect character but what is annoying is that we are expected to accept the moralizing while Maggie Hope demonstrates no real emotional growth. Instead she seems to be regressing. Again, if this was some sort of comment on the effects of war then fine but then we get the moralizing....

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  • Lyn
  • 2021-07-10

California centered

I’ve enjoyed all the Maggie Hope books because life during WWII has always fascinated me, drawing me to both historical fiction and nonfiction books centered on that period. Maggie Hope books are among the best because they combine excellent history lessons alongside vivid, appealing characters and compelling plots. We see how people can grow during wartime but shattered by the violence, cruelty and duplicity. This book shows us a Maggie whose confidence soars as she brilliantly solves a complicated mystery while confronting fascism, racism and fanaticism in wartime California.

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  • Bonnie
  • 2021-07-10

Not the best

I have all the other Maggie Hope books but this one just didn’t interest me. The performance was all right. I found the story just flat despite the number of historical entertainers introduced. Disappointed in this one.

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  • Lee
  • 2021-07-24

To bad, caught up in politics

Has more hate and racism between black and whites in each chapter then all other books in the series talking about the Germans and Jews

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  • nicola
  • 2021-07-15

Worst narrator in history

There is something dreadful about the narrator. Is she trying to sing? My ears were bleeding. Had to stop.