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Park Slope author’s latest mystery novel out Oct. 4

Brooklyn BookBeat

September 20, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Susan Elia MacNeal. Photo by Andrea Vaszko
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susan Elia MacNeal, a Park Slope resident, is about to publish her next highly anticipated novel in the Maggie Hope mystery series, “The Queen’s Accomplice” (Bantam Trade Paperback; on sale Oct. 4). A fan from the beginning, O: The Oprah Magazine raves that “author MacNeal creates a wholly engrossing portrait of a coming-of-age woman under fire…she’ll draw you in from the first page.”

Set in England in 1942, MacNeal’s latest book focuses on Great Britain and the U.S., which have joined forces to fight the Nazis. The relentless Blitz may have paused, but London’s nightly blackouts continue.

Under the cover of darkness, a madman is brutally killing and mutilating young women in eerie and exact re-creations of Jack the Ripper’s crimes. What’s more, he’s exclusively targeting women about to serve as Winston Churchill’s spies and saboteurs abroad.

The officers at MI-5 quickly realize they need the help of special agent Maggie Hope to find the killer dubbed “the Blackout Beast.” A trap is set. But once the murderer has his sights on Maggie, not even Buckingham Palace can protect the resourceful spy from her fate.

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MacNeal is the Barry Award–winning and Edgar, ITW Thriller, Dilys, Agatha, Macavity, and Lefty Award–nominated author of the New York Times bestselling Maggie Hope mysteries, including “Mr. Churchill’s Secretary,” “Princess Elizabeth’s Spy,” “His Majesty’s Hope,” “The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent” and “Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante.” She’s hard at work on the next Maggie Hope novel, “The Paris Spy,” which Bantam Books will publish in hardcover in August 2017.

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