How I read it: Audiobook
Quick Take: I’ve been “reading” this audiobook since I believe April of 2012. Fey is funny and witty, and overall I enjoyed the book. Ironically, I was reluctant to listen to the sections about the 2008 election, especially during another presidential election there, yet those were my favorite. Fey includes the original skit she did as Palin with Amy Poehler’s Hillary Clinton about sexism in the media. Fey narrates her own book, and I especially loved the final third. B+
How I read it: Audiobook downloaded to my iPad
Quick Take: I love Jane Austen, and Orlagh Cassidy was narrating this novel, which was why I chose to borrow it. I listened to it at night as I was falling asleep. I’m not entirely sure what happened at the end, or all the ins and outs of the plot, but overall it was an enjoyable listen. I was surprised that a supposed Jane Austen addict who finds herself somehow in Georgian England wouldn’t have more knowledge of the customs and mores. Ah well. If my library gets future audiobooks in this series, and they are still narrated by the divine Ms. Cassidy, I’ll probably listen to them, but I won’t seek out the sequels to Rigler’s novel. C
How I read it: Paperback from my library
Quick Take: I fell in love with Maggie Hope in MacNeal’s first mystery, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary. It was one of my favorite reads of 2012. I enjoyed PES, though not as much as MCS. In this adventure, Maggie is sent to Windsor Castle, ostensibly as a maths tutor for 14 year old Princess Elizabeth, but really to protect her from suspected threats. I didn’t find Windsor Castle as interesting as the Cabinet War Rooms of MCS, and it seemed strange to read a novel about the girlhood of Queen Elizabeth, when her majesty is still with us and, to my knowledge, did not experience the escapades of detailed in this novel.
There were further plot developments in Maggie’s life that I also found cliched. Highlight the next paragraph to be spoiled.
WARNING: HERE BE SPOILERS! In this novel, Maggie finds code hidden in one of her father’s old books. She believes he was a double agent during WWI, and that he killed the father of her current handler and love interest at MI-5. The big reveal at the end is that her mother was the German spy, and her mother faked her own death in a car accident. This is straight out of Alias, which was one of my favorite shows. We then learn that John, Maggie’s RAF pilot beau who was shot down and presumed dead, is actually alive and hiding in Germany. The missing-presumed-dead-lover-is-really-alive seems terribly trite. B-