First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal

fistchapFirst Chapter, First Paragraph, is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea.  Anyone can play — just copy the first paragraph of the first chapter (or prologue) and include a picture of the book cover. Leave your link at Bibliophile by the Sea.  This week I’m reading Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal:


Half an hour before Diana Snyder died, she tidied up her desk in the typists’ office of the Cabinet War Rooms.

mrchurchillssecretaryShe looked up at the heavy black hands of the clock on the wall and sighed. There were no windows in the War Rooms, the underground lair used by the Prime Minister’s staff, reinforced by concrete slabs and considered to be bombproof. The ceilings were low; signs warned Mind Your Head. The once-white walls had faded to a dull yellow, and the floors were covered in worn brown linoleum. Overhead were lines of drainage pipes from the Treasury. While the air was filtered by a special ventilation system, there were still lingering odors of floor wax, chemical toilets, and cigarette smoke.

teaser-tuesdaysTeaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, now being hosted by Ambrosia of  The Purple Booker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!  So, from the same novel:

“It’s all right, Magster, David said. “The Boss is half American, after all, on his mother’s side. He even claims some Iroquois Indian blood. So you’ll fit right in.” p.27

Tell us what you think.  Would you keep reading?  Have you read any of Susan Elia MacNeal‘s wartime Maggie Hope Mysteries?  Leave a comment with a link to your First Chapter, First Paragraph/Teaser Tuesday post.  Thanks for stopping by.


About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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22 Responses to First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal

  1. Fitting in-especially when it sounds like fitting in as a minority, is great! Awesome teaser! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

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  2. Kathy Martin says:

    I have this one on my TBR mountain. I was encouraged to add it to the stack after seeing it on a previous Teaser Tuesday or Book Beginnings but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I hope you are enjoying it. Happy reading!

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  3. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads says:

    I would absolutely keep reading! I think I’m going to add this to my TBR actually because I love WWII historical fiction and mysteries, so this is perfect for me! 🙂

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  4. I enjoyed this book! I also want to read the Maggie Hope books. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.


  5. fuonlyknew says:

    I would definitely keep reading. Heard so much good about this book.

    My TT from The Dog


  6. I’ve heard so many good things about this book and series. Enjoy!

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  7. I like this first paragraph, particularly the time period and place. I’d like to read more.


  8. Diane D says:

    This intro appeals to me; my senses have been awakened 🙂


  9. Ooo! I love this series! I am not caught up, but I have enjoyed the books in the series I have read so far. I hope you enjoy this one! Thank you for sharing! You’ve reminded me I need to get back to the series . . .

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  10. Kay says:

    I have indeed read a couple of the books in this series. Read this one several years ago and liked it a lot. I kept trying to imagine being underground, typing away, with bombs and pipes and little light. Hope you enjoy it!

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