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The Prisoner in the Castle

(2018)
(The eighth book in the Maggie Hope series)
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A series of baffling murders among a group of imprisoned agents threatens the outcome of World War II in this chilling mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Churchill’s Secretary.

November, 1942. World War II is raging, and former spy Maggie Hope knows too much: what the British government is willing to do to keep its secrets, who is lying, who the double-crossers are. She knows exactly who is sending agents to their deaths. These are the reasons Maggie is isolated on a remote Scottish island, in a prison known as Killoch Castle. When one of her fellow inmates drops dead in the middle of his after-dinner drink—he’s only the first. As victims fall one by one, Maggie will have to call upon all her wits and skills to escape—not just certain death . . . but certain murder. For what’s the most important thing that Maggie Hope knows? She must survive.

Praise for The Prisoner in the Castle

“The colonel sums it up best on page ten: ‘If you take a pretty girl and teach her how to kill, it can cause problems.’ Not just problems—electrifying action and nonstop surprises. I loved this book!”—R. L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series

“Another literary tour de force . . . From the book’s perfectly calibrated plot to its incisively etched characters, everything is handled with perfect finesse by the author.”Poisoned Pen Newsletter

“One pleasure of a mystery series is connecting with a character that changes and grows with each novel. . . . Maggie’s intelligence and loyalty to the war effort continue to evolve in [Susan Elia] MacNeal’s series. . . . Solid twists keep the plot of The Prisoner in the Castle churning until the surprise finale.”—Associated Press

“A mystery . . . tailor-made for readers in the post-election, #MeToo era. . . . If you love a tricky puzzle that requires you to keep track of multiple alibis over time, this is your summer read.”The Washington Post

“Evocative.”Publishers Weekly

“MacNeal uses [Agatha] Christie’s And Then There Were None as a framework for a character-driven mystery/thriller that successfully emulates the original.”Kirkus Reviews


Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"Perfectly paced and brimming with intrigue and rich historical detail, The Prisoner in the Castle is an extraordinarily satisfying novel. Susan Elia MacNeal proves once again that she is a master, both at crafting characters and creating suspense." - Tasha Alexander

"Smart, addictive, personal, and propulsive, The Prisoner in the Castle had me riveted from the first page." - Jennifer Hillier

"The Prisoner in the Castle is a double agent of a novel! At the outset, it appears like a clever riff on Agatha Christie, but a few quick turns prove it to be an utterly modern, gripping thriller. Maggie Hope is smarter than ever, and Susan Elia MacNeal is truly at the height of her powers." - Sujata Massey

"The colonel sums it up best on page ten: ‘If you take a pretty girl and teach her how to kill, it can cause problems.’ Not just problems—electrifying action and nonstop surprises. I loved this book!" - R L Stine

"The Prisoner in the Castle had me at ‘a new Maggie Hope mystery,’ but once you add And Then There Were None and a Scottish castle, how could any mystery reader resist? Darkly atmospheric, enchantingly macabre, and as beautifully woven as a clan tartan." - Lauren Willig


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Used availability for Susan Elia MacNeal's The Prisoner in the Castle

Hardback Editions

August 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Prisoner in the Castle: A Maggie Hope Mystery
Author(s): Susan Elia MacNeal
ISBN: 0-399-59382-9 / 978-0-399-59382-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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Paperback Editions

July 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Prisoner in the Castle: A Maggie Hope Mystery
Author(s): Susan Elia MacNeal
ISBN: 0-525-62109-1 / 978-0-525-62109-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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November 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Prisoner in the Castle (A Maggie Hope Mystery)
Author(s): Susan Elia MacNeal
ISBN: 1-4328-5457-7 / 978-1-4328-5457-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kennebec Large Print
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Audio Editions

August 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Prisoner in the Castle: A Maggie Hope Mystery
Author(s): Susan Elia MacNeal
Publisher: Random House Audio
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August 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Prisoner in the Castle: A Maggie Hope Mystery
Author(s): Susan Elia MacNeal
Publisher: Random House Audio
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August 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Prisoner in the Castle: A Maggie Hope Mystery
Author(s): Susan Elia MacNeal
Publisher: Random House Audio
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August 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Prisoner in the Castle: A Maggie Hope Mystery
Author(s): Susan Elia MacNeal
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

August 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Prisoner in the Castle: A Maggie Hope Mystery
Author(s): Susan Elia MacNeal
Publisher: Bantam
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU