MacNeal, Elia Susan

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Susan Elia MacNeal writes the Maggie Hope Mystery series which started in and is set in 1940 England. It features American, Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and remarkable gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined—and opportunities she will not let pass.

'Mr. Churchill’s Secretary' was nominated for a 2013 Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel by an American Author, and for a 2013 Dilys Award by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.