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Susan Elia MacNeal

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Name  Susan MacNeal
Role  Author

Spouse  Noel MacNeal (m. 1999)
Children  Matthew MacNeal
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Nominations  Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author
Books  Mr Churchill's Secretary, Mrs Roosevelt's Confidant, Princess Elizabeth's Spy, The Prime Minister's Secret Ag, His Majesty's Hope

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Susan Elia MacNeal is an American author, best known for her Maggie Hope mystery series of novels, which are set during World War II, mainly in London, England.


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Early life and education

MacNeal graduated cum laude with honors in English from Wellesley College in 1991 with a degree in English. She cross-registered for classes at MIT and attended the Radcliffe Publishing Course at Harvard University.


MacNeal's background is in publishing, working as an assistant to novelist John Irving and then as an editor at Random House, Viking Penguin, and Dance Magazine. She started her writing career with two nonfiction books and articles on ballet, modern dance, and puppetry.

Her first novel, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, was named as Best Paperback Original of 2012 by Deadly Pleasures, won a Barry Award and was nominated as Best First Novel by Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award It was also nominated as Best First Mystery Novel for Mystery Readers International's Macavity Award in 2013 and for the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's 2013 Dilys Award

Her next book, Princess Elizabeth's Spy, was nominated for Macavity Award’s Sue Feder Historical Memorial Award in 2013 Âudiofileand was included on the New York Times Bestseller List on October 29, 2012.

MacNeal's third novel, His Majesty's Hope, also appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List and was named on's Book of the Week and Seven Compulsively Readable Mysteries (for the Crazy-Smart Reader). It was also nominated for an ITW Thriller Award.

This was followed by The Prime Minister's Secret Agent, another New York Times Bestseller, and Lefty nominee, and, in 2015, by New York Times-bestseller Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante, which was nominated for an Agatha Award.

The Queen's Accomplice was a semi-finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards and nominated for a Barry Award.

The Paris Spy will be published on August 8, 2017.

Non-Fiction Books

  • Wedding Zen: Simple, Calming Wisdom for the Bride [Chronicle Books, 2004]
  • Infused: 100+ Recipes for Infused Liqueurs and Cocktails [Chronicle Books, 2006]
  • Maggie Hope Mystery Series

  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary [Bantam Dell/Random House, April 2012]
  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy [Bantam Dell/Random House, October 2012]
  • His Majesty's Hope [Bantam Dell/Random House, May 2013]
  • The Prime Minister's Secret Agent [Bantam, 2014]
  • Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante [Bantam, October 2015]
  • The Queen's Accomplice [Bantam 2016]
  • Personal

    She married puppeteer Noel MacNeal — a television performer, writer, director, and author — on November 6, 1999 at the Union Theological Seminary. They live in Brooklyn, New York with their son.


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