Published May 7th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Seventeen-year-old Meg Fellowes is a wry, resourceful thief forced to join an elite group of female spies in Queen Elizabeth’s Court. There she must solve a murder, save the Crown, and resist the one thing that will become her greatest freedom–and her deadliest peril.
For Meg and her fellow spies are not alone in their pursuit of the murderer who stalks Windsor Castle.
A young, mysterious Spanish courtier, Count Rafe de Martine, appears at every turn in the dark and scandal-filled corridors of the Queen’s summer palace. And though secrets and danger are Meg’s stock-in-trade, she’s never bargained on falling in love…
The best thing about Maid of Secrets is the main character, Meg. Meg is a sassy, resourceful, no-nonsense heroine. I enjoyed watching her piece together the complex puzzles facing her. I also loved the strong sense of loyalty she displayed, both to the acting troupe she grew up with and to the queen and her fellow spies.
Maid of Secrets has a compelling plot with unexpected twists. The side characters are interesting and have unique skills. It incorporates history, romance, danger, and a touch of magic. It was an incredibly fun, fast read with no issues that jumped out at me. This book is Jennifer McGowan's first novel, and the first in a series. I look forward to seeing more from her.
Note: I won a copy of this book from a giveaway run by the publisher.