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  • Like a 6 Hour Political Infomercial

    I read 2/3 of this book and decided to quit. Perhaps it gets better in the last hundred pages, but I could no longer stand it. It was very heavy on the political soapbox; exposing racism and American Nazis and KKK activities in Los Angeles. She makes it sound like all of the USA was filled with bigots and Nazis. She brings out the anti-war sentiment of the era that is not commonly spoken about and puts it all in the pro-Nazi camp, which it was not. On the other hand, the author lets you experience how it was before rampant growth. She draws the reader into the long-gone glamour of places like the Ambassador on Wilshire and the Cocoanut Grove. There is a very slow buildup in the espionage or spy aspects of the story. I was hoping for more spy and perhaps romance and less politics, bigotry, racism, antisemitism, violence, and subversion. Perhaps it is just a sore spot, but it did seem like I was watching a 6-hour political infomercial and I chose to say,' enough already!'I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.

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  • The Hollywood Spy

    The Hollywood Spy (Susan Elia MacNeal) is the latest Maggie Hope story. I didn't realize this as I began the story, but had no problems following along. Ms MacNeal has mixed history with fiction bringing 1943 Hollywood to life in her pages. I want to thank NetGalley and Bantam Books for an early copy to review.

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  • Historical Mystery Thriller Fiction

    The Hollywood Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery by Susan Elia MacNeal is a historical mystery novel set in 1943 and a fresh setting in southern California. A murder mystery in Hollywood involving an old flame. Interesting history of life in LA, zoot suits and the KKK in the 1940‘s. I thought some of the language, phrases and ideas expressed in this book were more contemporary than I would have expected of the 1940's. Overall a great book with historical details, movie stars, celebrities, exciting characters and plenty of action. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book. 5 Stars

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  • Gritty

    1943, historical-novel, historical-places-events, historical-research, history-and-culture, bias, agent, murder-investigation**** This is the second Maggie Hope that I've read and this one was more challenging for me but, unfortunately, the ugly side of America presented rings true. Unlike what Hollywood wanted people to see, there is misplaced hatred and violence against anyone who does not fit some mythical persona. Amidst all this Maggie leaves her nearly suicidal life in England to return to the US to help an old flame work through the solution to the questions about the sudden death of his current flame. The characters are very well done and the plot is cohesive and fast paced. It's a more grim story than some but very well done. Held me to it well past bedtime. I requested and received a temporary digital ARC of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine/Bantam via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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  • Very interesting,entertaining read

    I really enjoyed Maggie Hopes latest adventures. I wasn’t sure if I would like the departure from wartime England to America but the history she provided was enlightening and very interesting. The story line kept me on the edge of my seat. I believe that any reader who loves mystery/drama could easily slide into this and enjoy every moment of this without reading the other 9 in this series.

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