If you enjoy reading, but aren’t sure what to read next that can be a problem. A large part of self-care is finding things to do that YOU enjoy. Usually, you only have a limited amount of free time and want to spend it reading something entertaining. If you are looking for a great beach read (or anytime read for that matter), here are some wonderful mysteries where female heroes save the day.
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Three female spies solve the mystery of what to read next – meet Georgie, Maggie, and Maisie:
Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie “Georgie” is the heroine of the Royal Spyness series by author, Rhys Bowen. Lady Georgiana begins the series by being 34th in line to the throne, but also broke after being cut off by her family. She has many amusing misadventures in the series while trying to keep up appearances as a royal (and being a spy). The series is set in the 1930’s. The first book in the series is “Her Royal Spyness” and there is a new book “Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding” due in August 2018.
The heroine of Susan Elia MacNeal’s series is Maggie Hope. She begins her story in 1940’s England as a secretary for Winston Churchill. Her story continues through World War II. Maggie’s story travels from England to the United States, France and Germany. There are many plot twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat in this series. The first book is “Mr. Churchill’s Secretary” and there is a new book coming out in August of 2018, “The Prisoner in the Castle”.
Maisie Dobbs is Jacqueline Winspear’s heroine of the Maisie Dobbs mystery series. This series begins during World War I and is more of a psychological whodunit. Maisie starts out from the wrong side of the track in London, but through service to a titled family her innate intelligence is discovered. She becomes the apprentice to a renowned detective and begins her career there. This series of books covers the time period of World War I to World War II. The first book is “Maisie Dobbs” and the fourteenth book is also the latest book in the series,”To Die but Once”.
Putting things in Perspective
After you spend an afternoon with these women, you may find your troubles appear minor by comparison. Whether it is keeping up with the royals (much harder than your relatives) or being in danger during World Wars I and II, these books should give you renewed strength to tackle your own problems.
On a side note, many of the stories in the Maggie and Maisie series are based on true stories of female spies. While you may not have heard of these spies before, once you start reading it is easy to see why they were recruited. Reading about the amazing real-life inspirations behind the stories has been eye-opening.
Any or all of the books in these series are well worth your time and provide great ideas for what to read next. And, if you are like me, once you begin a series, it can be hard not to finish it. Luckily, these books should be easy to find at your library or on Amazon’s site. Below is a list of the books in order to make your job of finding them a little easier.
What to Read Next – The Series Books in Order
Georgie – Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness Series In Order:
Her Royal Spyness (2007)
A Royal Pain (2008)
Royal Flush (2009)
Royal Blood (2010)
Naughty in Nice (2011)
The Twelve Clues of Christmas (2012)
Heirs and Graces (2013)
Queen of Hearts (2014)
Malice at the Palace (2015)
Crowned and Dangerous (2016)
On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service (2017)
Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding (August 2018)
Rhys Bowen’s World War II Novels:
These books are not part of the above series, but are well worth your time!
Maggie – Susan Elia MacNeal’s Maggie Hope Series in Order:
Mr. Churchill’s Secretary (2012)
Princess Elizabeth’s Spy (2012)
His Majesty’s Hope (2013)
The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent (2014)
Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante (2015)
The Queen’s Accomplice (2016)
The Paris Spy (2017)
Maisie – Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs Series in Order:
Maisie Dobbs (2003)
Birds of a Feather (2004)
Pardonable Lies (2005)
Messenger of Truth (2006)
An Incomplete Revenge (2008)
Among the Mad (2009)
The Mapping of Love and Death (2010)
A Lesson in Secrets (2011)
Elegy for Eddie (2012)
Leaving Everything Most Loved (2013)
A Dangerous Place (2015)
Journey to Munich (2016)
In This Grave Hour (2017)
To Die But Once (2018)
Hopefully, this article solves the mystery of what to read next. Who are your favorite female spies? Please leave me a comment below. Happy reading!
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